Steam deck reservations will remain as is
In an email sent to Steam Deck buyers, Valve announced it delayed its upcoming handheld. As a result, it will now ship in February 2022 at the earliest.
In the announcement, Valve blamed the delay on supply shortages. These are the same issues affecting supply of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles, along with many other products across varying industries.
Don’t worry about losing your spot in line, however. Valve said those who reserved the handheld will keep their place in line.
Here’s the full announcement from Valve:
The launch of Steam Deck will be delayed by two months. We’re sorry about this — we did our best to work around the global supply chain issues, but due to material shortages, components aren’t reaching our manufacturing facilities in time for us to meet our initial launch dates.
Based on our updated build estimates, Steam Deck will start shipping February 2022. This will be the new start date of the reservation queue — you will keep your place in line but dates will shift back accordingly. Reservation date estimates will be updated shortly after this announcement.
Again, we’re sorry we won’t be able to make our original ship date. We’ll continue working to improve reservation dates based on the new timeline, and will keep you updated as we go.
To view your updated expected order availability and FAQ, please visit the Steam Deck store page.
Announced in July, the Steam Deck is Valve’s first handheld system. It will run a fork of Linux out of the box, though device owners can install Windows if they want.
The handheld will start at $399 for 64GB of eMMC storage. The $529 mid-tier model includes 256GB of faster NVMe storage, with the $649 top-tier model including 512GB of the same fast NVMe storage.