Valve Steam Deck remains “on track” for February 2022 release

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(Photo: Dabe Alan / Future Publishing via Getty Images) A ​​Steam Deck handheld game console, taken on August 26, 2021.

The release of the Valve Steam Deck is scheduled for February 2022, barring further delays.

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(Photo: Dabe Alan / Future Publishing via Getty Images)
A Steam Deck handheld game console, taken on August 26, 2021.

PCGamer reports that Valve is pretty confident their new handheld (or mini PC, rather) will ship just in time next year. That’s according to Deck designer Greg Coomer, who also commented that they “feel disappointed” that they had to move the original launch date from late this year to next year.

For those who have been following the news closely, the Steam Deck was originally scheduled to start shipping this month. This followed the first pre-orders which started on July 16 (according to GameSpot).

Component shortages have been identified as the main reason for the 2-month delay, according to MakeUseOf. This was completely understandable, given that the global silicon shortage is still in effect. The Steam Deck was no exception to supply chain issues.

Manufacturing the bridges themselves isn’t Valve’s main issue at all, but the parts, especially the 50 components the company considered to be at high risk of being in short supply.

As a result, the launch of the Deck will be a little different compared to other products of the same type.

According to Valve, their handheld will only be shipped through their own storefront for now. This is a markedly different situation from something like, say, the Switch, which Nintendo had to send inventory to partner retail stores.

Coomer also reiterates that the company’s initial plan is to target a specific number of users on day one and then build on the numbers over time instead of making a one-time, large shipment on day one and d ‘have tight supply lines for the foreseeable future.

The future portable gaming device is one of the most anticipated of the current generation. Pre-order slots sold out almost immediately in July, and there were reports of early Steam Deck scalping that saw asking prices skyrocket to $ 5,000 for the high-end unit.

Read also: Valve’s Steam Deck will not be compatible with NVIDIA DLSS

What’s so hot about the Valve Steam Platform?

Quite simply, early portable sound reviews are promising, especially after Valve himself made some bold statements about the device’s performance.

At the start of Deck’s reveal, it was claimed that it would have enough horsepower to run every game on the Steam library. That’s a tall order, given that Steam is home to many of the most hardware-demanding titles in the current generation of games.

However, the first practical impressions have somewhat kept their promises. A reviewer from The Verge tried to run “Control” and “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” on the Deck, which are two very demanding games. Needless to say, both games performed very well on the platform.

And that at a competitive MSRP: you can have the Deck for as little as $ 399 for the 64GB model, if you don’t mind the small storage capacity.

There’s a lot of hype surrounding the Valve Steam Deck, a newcomer to the portable gaming space. But will it live up to expectations? Everything will be revealed next year.

Related: Valve’s “Deck Verified” indicates which games are compatible with unsupported Steam Deck-All VR games?

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