Valve Delays Steam Deck Past the Holidays

Posted on November 10, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Games, PC gaming, Mobile gaming with 7 Comments

Well, that was inevitable. Valve announced today that it is delaying the Steam Deck past the holidays because of component shortages.

“The launch of Steam Deck will be delayed by two months,” the firm revealed today. “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.”

Value announced Steam Deck PC-based handheld gaming system this past July and said that it would start shipping in December, so a two-month delay moves that out to about February. That said, preorders have pushed the release out further for those who didn’t jump on it immediately. Valve notes that “all reservation holders keep their place in line, but dates will shift back accordingly. Reservation date estimates will be updated shortly after this announcement.”

Steam Deck starts at $399 for a version with 64 GB of eMMC storage, but there are versions with 256 GB and 512 GB of NVMe SSD storage for more.

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Valve Delays Steam Deck Past the Holidays”

  1. crunchyfrog

    Yup, got the email today myself. I really don't expect to see the Steam Deck until mid 2022 at the soonest.

  2. vladimir

    Paul, are you thinking about the steam deck for you move to mobile? If not, why?

    • justme

      I had the same thought. A device like this would be a boon to gamers with a mobile lifestyle (assuming its performance was up to scratch). It may be library-related. Myself, I have quite a large Steam library, so something like this might work for me. Paul being an XBox guy however, maybe not so much.

      • vladimir

        I have high expectations about this device because I travel a lot for work. During travel, being away from home and family, it's also when I have more time for gaming. The steamdeck runs PC games but it's very similar to a console. I am especially interested in the possibility to connect it to an external monitor/tv screen when on the move. The big question is if it will be possible to use it with Gamepass but i don't see why not, unless they block it on purpose of course

  3. fikus74

    You can connect it to a monitor with a docking device and play it from a desk if you want. I don't see what would stop someone connecting this via the dock to a large screen TV as well. My LG TV supports 120 hertz.