The Delay We All Saw Coming: Valve’s Steam Deck Won’t Be Out in 2021
It was inevitable: Valve’s Steam Deck has been delayed by two months and will now start shipping around February 2022. An unfortunate bit of news, no doubt, but it’s not like anyone’s overly surprised given the current state of the market and the ongoing semiconductor shortages.
In fact, it’ll be quite surprising if Valve doesn’t end up delaying it once more; things have gotten that bad.
“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 in 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,” Valve said in an official statement.
Patience Is Key
Still, much like the Elden Ring delay from a few weeks ago, this is by no means the end of the world, even though we’re all dying to get our hands on Valve’s Steam Deck. It’s not exactly a unique take on the portable gaming PC formula, but it’s arguably the most refined one yet and, needless to say, it has a lot of people excited.
This means that the folks who had gotten their pre-orders in first will now have to wait two months longer. That’s.. not as bad as it might seem, especially if we factor in just how big of a problem the whole industry is currently in.
And, well, a two month delay is nothing if Valve’s Steam Deck ends up delivering. We’re still fairly cautious given its many inherent limitations, but we’d be lying if we said that we’re not hyped beyond measure for its release! Valve could really push portable gaming PCs into the mainstream, and that’s no small thing.