Steam Deck release pushed to 2022

Valve has been forced to delay the release of its Steam Deck portable PC.

In a message posted to Steam, the company announced that the launch has been moved from December of this year to February 2022. Valve explained that the delay has been caused by material shortages.

All preorders will hold their current place in the reservation queue but all dates are being shifted back to begin in February, instead of December. Players can check their new estimated order availability timeframe over on the official Steam Deck website.

Read Valve’s full statement on the delay 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 to customers February 2022. This will be the new start date of the reservation queue—all reservation holders keep their 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 folks updated as we go.

The handheld was revealed earlier this year and features a 7-inch touchscreen, two trackpads for a mouse, support for gyro controls, two thumbsticks, a d-pad, face buttons, shoulder buttons, and four back buttons. It comes in 64GB eMMC, 256GB NVMe SSD, or 512GB NVMe SSD variants.

The Steam Deck is now scheduled to begin shipping in February 2022.

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