Because it is important: Valve got straight to the point in their last message about Steam Deck: The portable PC gaming system has been delayed for two months. While it is unfortunate, it is not entirely surprising given the current climate in which we find ourselves with chip shortages and supply chain problems.
Valve announced the Steam Deck to much fanfare in mid-July. The gaming laptop, which starts at $ 399 for a model with 64GB of eMMC storage and scales up to $ 649 for a version with a 512GB NVMe SSD, proved to be an early hit as reservations were quickly expressed and estimated shipping windows slid to 2022..
Regardless, Valve was adamant in its claim that first users would receive their systems in December.
In today’s ad, Valve said it did everything it could to fix the global supply chain problems. Ultimately, material shortages meant that components could not reach their manufacturing facilities in time to meet the initial release date.
Based on updated build estimates, Valve now believes that the first Steam Deck units will depart in February 2022. The company notes that all pre-order holders will retain their place in line, but should change their estimated shipping date accordingly.
Virtually everything that has silicon on the inside has been affected by the ongoing chip shortage, and the holidays will only exacerbate the situation. Hell, even shipping materials are proving hard to come by as we approach the end of the year.
As a consulting manager recently said, the holiday season will be a revelation for everyone.