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Steam Deck release date: Shipping periods for new orders are now set for Q2 and Q3 2022
Valve’s newly announced portable PC gaming device appears to be a hit. However, fans who have yet to make a reservation for Steam Deck will have to wait longer before its shipment.
The announcement of Steam Deck on Thursday was followed by the opening of reservations for the three variants of the gaming device on July 16. It is worth noting, though, that making a reservation does not equal placing an order. “When you submit a reservation, you will be put in a queue. Once inventory is available, you will be emailed in the order the reservations were made,” Valve explained on an FAQ page.
A December 2021 availability was listed for the Steam Deck’s initial reservations last week. However, However, it appears that the slots to order the initial units have been filled. The Verge spotted that Steam now indicates that new reservations for the portable gaming device would be shipped in the second and third quarters of 2022. This is not a surprising outcome since Valve reportedly received 110,000 requests in the first 90 minutes that the pre-order went live despite a required reservation fee of $5.
Per the latest information on Steam Deck reservations, new pre-orders for the $399 model with 64GB eMMC and $529 model with 256GB NVMe SSD could be shipped between April to June 2022 and between July to September 2022 for the high-end $649 model with 512GB NVMe SSD. Since the reservations are not technically orders, gaming fans who are just placing their reservations should still be on the lookout for the order invitation email that Steam will start sending by December 2021.
It is still unclear how this will affect the worldwide availability of Steam Deck. For its initial launch, the device is only sold in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union. Its arrival in other regions is planned for 2022.
While the Steam Deck looks like the Nintendo Switch, there is a huge difference in the devices’ hardware. Valve’s new product is powered by a custom AMD APU that has up to 448 GFlops CPU and up to 1.6 TFlops GPU, which should enable it to run most PC games sold on Steam. The device also uses SteamOS 3.0 for its operating system, so its future users should not have an issue navigating their Steam accounts and purchases.