If you’re interested in Steam Deck but haven’t booked one yet, you might want to make one sometime soon. Valve has updated the Steam Deck page to state that any reservations made now won’t actually be able to place an order until sometime “after the third quarter of 2022,” which means you shouldn’t expect to get one of your gaming laptops. Until October at least.
If you have any interest in Steam Deck, I recommend hiding the $5 required to make a reservation and secure your place in line. While my colleague Sean Hollister He explains in his review That Steam Deck is, at least for now, “essentially an early access game console”, there’s been a lot about the device that I really liked, and hopefully many of the kinks will be resolved through the “after Q3” availability window. If you decide not to proceed with an order, the $5 deposit will be refunded.
Previously, new bookings had a window “after the second quarter of 2022,” so it appears that demand is high enough that Valve is pushing the ordering schedule even further into the year. However, for those who already have a reservation with a “after Q2 2022” window, there is some good news: Valve is started to appear Some are now expecting to be able to place orders in the third quarter. (You can check Steam Deck page To see if there is any update on your request – my booking is now in Q3 group.)
Valve received its first batch of Steam Deck orders on February 25, and sent out a second batch of emails on Monday. The company plans to send New rounds of order emails Every Monday, when you receive your email, you will have 72 hours to make your purchase. Those with a Q1 order window will get an email by the end of March, and starting in April, “we’ll start going through the Q2 queue in a similar fashion,” Valve said. in february.
On Monday, Valve also announced that it plans to expand Steam Deck availability to more countries, “including Japan,” by the end of 2022. It’s unclear which countries in addition to Japan may be able to order the device.