Valve has delayed the release of its Steam Deck handheld over supply chain issues
The Steam Deck's launch has been delayed until February
Published: 11th November 2021 | Source: Steam |
Valve delays its Steam Deck system release by two months
Next month, Valve was due to launch their Steam Deck handheld gaming system, a mobile gaming PC that has the power to play the latest games thanks to its custom AMD/Radeon SOC and its fast LPDDR5 memory. Now, the system is due to be released in February 2022.
While Valve has stated that they did their best to account for global supply chain issues, they were still unable to access the materials they needed to produce their Steam Deck systems. Material shortages and other component delays have forced Valve to push back the release of their gaming handheld into 2022.
Those who have reserved a Steam Deck system have received an email informing them that their Steam Decks will be shipped two months later than expected. Thankfully, everyone who has reserved a Steam Deck will retain their place in Valve's Steam Deck queue, with Valve's first shipments being in February 2022.
Below is what Valve had to say regarding the delay of its Steam Deck PC gaming handheld.
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 to customers February 2022. This will be the new start date of the reservation queue—all reservation holders keep their 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 folks updated as we go.
To view your updated expected order availability and FAQ, please visit https://store.steampowered.com/steamdeck.
Valve's Steam Deck system is designed to offer PC gamers a new way to enjoy their Steam libraries, delivering on-the-go gaming experiences with a vast game library. The system is significantly more powerful than other gaming handhelds like Nintendo's Switch, allowing the Steam Deck to play more intensive games.
Those who reserve a Steam Deck today will receive their systems "After Q2 2022", regardless of their chosen model.
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