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Valve’s hotly anticipate­d Steam Deck handheld delayed until 2022

Supply chain issues strike again.

- BY ASHLEY BIANCUZZO

The infamous “Valve time” strikes yet again. Valve has delayed the launch of the Steam Deck ( fave. co/3hssgfe), a handheld portable PC gaming system similar to the Nintendo Switch, until February 2022. Unfortunat­ely, that means it won’t be available to purchase in time for the 2021 holiday season. Valve says it’s unable to deliver due to the global supply chain issues ( fave.co/3wpqx8d).

“We’re sorry about this—we did our best to work around the global supply chain issues, but due to material shortages [ fave. co/3wopabp], components aren’t reaching our manufactur­ing facilities in time for us to meet our initial launch dates,” Valve says.

If you’re worried about losing your preexistin­g reservatio­n, don’t sweat it. Valve claims that existing reservatio­n holders will keep their place in line. As for the time frame

of those reservatio­n dates, that informatio­n will be coming shortly.

If you’re interested in nabbing a Steam Deck of your own, you can place a reservatio­n here ( fave.co/3hly1qt). There are three storage options to chose from: 64GB EMMC, 256GB NVME SSD, and 512GB NVME SSD. Our earlier comparison of the Steam Deck versus the Nintendo Switch ( fave. co/3wvgqph) breaks down the hardware and software in deeper detail if you’re not up to speed, while our explanatio­n of Valve’s Proton technology ( fave. co/3qbbdg4) wades into how the Steam Deck is able to run so many Windows games despite running on a custom Linux installati­on. (Why does the Steam Deck run Linux? You can blame Windows for that [ fave. co/3worxjo].)

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You can reserve a Steam Deck now, but it won’t be available until 2022.
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The Steam Deck has been delayed due to supply issues.

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