Valve has announced that it’s delaying the launch of its handheld PC, the Steam Deck by two months.
The Steam Deck’s first batch of shipments was initially planned to launch in December but it seems plans have changed. Now the Steam Deck will begin to ship as early as February 2022, Valve revealed in a press release. Valve says a reason for the two-month delay has to do with the global supply chain shortage which has had a massive impact on the tech industry which is affecting cars, phones, computers, next-gen consoles and so much more.
“We are sorry we won’t be able to make the original launch date — we did our best to work around the global supply chain issues, but material shortages have disrupted our shipping plans. We will continue working to improve reservation dates based on the new timeline,” Valve said in a blog post.
The Steam Deck was officially announced back in mid-July although rumours of the device’s existence were swirling before that earlier in the year. The Nintendo Switch-inspired device features that are familiar to Steam, like Steam Chat, Remote Play, Cloud Saves, Community and more. Users were able to reserve their Steam Deck through Steam itself by paying a small fee — which would be refunded upon the full purchase — through the app’s purchases.
Users were able to choose three versions of the device at different values, differences include memory storage, quality in SSD and even an anti-glare screen glass. The basic version starts at $399.99 USD and comes with 64 GB eMMC storage, while the version with 256 GB NVMe SSD storage starts at $529 USD and the 512 GB of high-speed NVMe SSD storage starts at $649. The Steam Deck’s display has a resolution of 1280x800px with a refresh rate of 60Hz, that’s also touch-enabled.
First batch reservation holders will be able to get their hand on the Steam Deck as early as February 2022, but Valve notes that other reservation holders will keep their place in line, with dates shifting back accordingly.