TLDR: Valve’s Steam Deck was successful, but the company struggled to keep up with demand. The company has eliminated kinks in its supply chain and said it could catch up by the end of the year if there is no massive influx of new orders. However, the economic downturn and shrinking tech sector have undoubtedly contributed to the decline in demand for portable PC gaming gadgets.
On Friday, Steam posted some good news about the production of the Steam Deck. Valve says it has lightweight some of its supply chain constraints and were able to ramp up production. As a result, most of the Q4 reservation queue has been moved to Q3, with the rest of the existing orders “dense” to receive their decks by the end of the year.
Most customers expecting to receive their order towards the end of the year can expect it to arrive between now and the end of September. There is still room in the 2022 queue for additional orders based on current production forecasts, so if you want to make it this year, order soon. Valve says supplies are still somewhat limited, so the remaining 2022 units can be reserved quickly.
Clients can reserve unit on Valve’s dedicated Steam store page for a $5 deposit. The 64GB Steam Deck is $399, the 256GB is $529, and the 512GB is $649. Valve says that if the queue overflows for any version, new stocks will be rolled over to Q1 2023 and the store page will adjust shipping times accordingly. At press time, all three models will still ship in the fourth quarter.
Great news, everyone who already has a reservation can get their Steam deck before the end of this year! We’ve fixed supply chain issues, moved a group of people to Q3, and all other orders are now in Q4.
— Steam Deck (@OnDeck) July 29, 2022
The Steam Deck lagging has been rocky. valve started taking bookings in July 2021 and they went through quickly. Scalpers dug up a lot and sold them up to $1,000. By the end of the month Valve vaguely rated new bookings will be delivered some time later “after the second quarter of 2022”.
Despite longer delivery times for new orders, the company still expected to ship the first devices in December 2021. However, by November, Valve realized that it would not be able to meet production targets, and delayed release until February 2022. He barely met this deadline, with the first decks going out 28th of February.
original reviews were mostly positive, and less than a week after the shipment of the first devices, Gabe Newell was already speaking about Steam Deck 2. While it’s not uncommon for companies to start planning for the next console so close to the release of the current generation, handheld supply restrictions were still so tight that speculators were forced to receiving up to $3,000 per item on eBay.
Luckily Valve reinforced Deliveries in the second quarter of 2022 are slightly in April, which eased the load a bit. This second acceleration still won’t catch up with backlogs, but at least some customers can expect earlier delivery than originally promised.
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