Steam Deck, the portable PC being developed by Valve, has been delayed. The reason is being cited as shortages in the global supply chain (like with everything else). The company has issued a statement saying it will begin shipping the Steam Decks in February 2022.
With this new shipping date, everyone in the queue will be moved back two months from their original shipping estimate. So if your Steam Deck was supposed to arrive in January 2022, it will now be estimated to arrive in March 2022. Valve apologized for the delay in their statement and promised to keep users updated on any changes in the future.
Steam Deck was announced earlier this year, promising to give players a handheld experience that uses the Steam interface. The device begins at $400, but can reach up to $650 for the most storage and extra hardware features. You can preorder a Steam Deck through a $5 deposit registration, but it will be quite some time before you get the device.
You can read Valve’s full statement below.
The launch of Steam Deck will be delayed by two months. 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.
Based on our updated build estimates, Steam Deck will start shipping February 2022. This will be the new start date of the reservation queue—you will keep your place in line but dates will shift back accordingly. Reservation date estimates will be updated shortly after this announcement.
Again, we’re sorry we won’t be able to make our original ship date. We’ll continue working to improve reservation dates based on the new timeline, and will keep you updated as we go.