Valve’s Steam Deck is expected to launch in December, but even if you were one of the lucky ones that reserved a unit, you may not get your portable PC gaming machine this year.
Checking the landing page for the Steam Deck, below the prompt button, a message displays when the Steam Deck model you ordered is expected to have “availability.” Multiple employees at IGN noted that it says their Steam Deck is expected to arrive sometime in “Q1 2022,” a few people said their’s wouldn’t arrive until Q2 of next year. One IGN editor, who managed to secure their unit as preorders opened up, said they did not see any of the following messages, which may imply their Steam Deck could arrive this year.
“We are making them as quickly as we are able, and the different ship times you reference are based on region and model being reserved,” a Valve spokesperson told IGN when asked about clarification on the shipping release windows for the Steam Deck.
The possibility that Steam Decks may not ship to some until 2022 would not be entirely surprising due to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage which has impacted many industries, including gaming. New gaming hardware such as graphics cards and ninth-generation gaming consoles have proven challenging to purchase due to the shortage, in addition to other factors such as high demand.
The demand for Steam Deck seems clear; as preorders opened up at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, many were met with extended wait periods and error screens as they tried to secure their preorder through Valve’s queue system, which the company said was created to try and curb scalpers. It was an interesting idea that stopped new accounts from being made, but scalpers have managed to get their hands on units with overinflated prices appearing on sides like eBay right now.
If you want to know more information about the Steam Deck, we have an exclusive hands-on preview plus an FAQ with the developers. For new information on the Steam Deck, be sure to check back at IGN all month long.
Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.