We already knew that Valve needed to delay the Steam Deck, its handheld gaming PC, from December 2021 into February 2022 as a result of ongoing chip scarcity. Fortunately, that seems to be the one delay for the product earlier than its launch date, as Valve confirmed the Steam Deck will nonetheless make its new launch date with no additional delays.

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In a recent interview with PCGamer, Valve designer Greg Coomer confirmed that the corporate won’t must delay the Steam Deck’s launch, with the primary shipments nonetheless on observe for a February 2022 launch. “We’re nonetheless bummed that we needed to transfer from finish of this 12 months to starting of subsequent. However yeah, all of the indicators are pointing to us with the ability to ship in February,” Coomer informed PCGamer.

Regardless of the February 2022 launch confirmed for the Steam Deck, many individuals who reserved a unit won’t obtain theirs till later within the 12 months as nicely noticed earlier this 12 months when reservations when up in July. “It is an actual product launch, so many hundreds of individuals immediately are going to obtain Decks as quickly as we’re in a position to ship them,” Coomer informed PCGamer. “However even speaking about hundreds can be fairly low in comparison with the volumes we’re taking pictures for within the first few months.”

The Steam Deck is one in all many gaming handhelds negatively impacted by the chip scarcity. The Playdate, a unusual little gaming handheld, was additionally delayed into 2022. Whereas the Analogue Pocket was additionally negatively impacted by the chip scarcity, it did meet its 2021 launch date. Although new orders will not ship till subsequent 12 months and the machine elevated its worth by $20.

For extra on the Steam Deck, try the packaging included with each unit. In addition to our hands-on preview.

Shut-Up Images of Valve’s Steam Deck

Taylor is the Affiliate Tech Editor at IGN. You may observe her on Twitter @TayNixster.



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