Valve clarifies when exactly you can finalize your Steam Deck order
If you’ve been looking forward to ordering a Steam Deck, I have good news: Valve has announced that it’s “accelerating” shipping on its portable gaming PC and clarified when you can expect to complete your order for the product. .
Welcome to Q2! We just sent out the first round of order emails to Q2 reservers (in order of reservation time). Starting today, we’re increasing Steam Deck shipments and sending out more order availability emails every week. Sometimes even twice a week! pic.twitter.com/54TAoCQXfd
– Steam Deck (@OnDeck) April 4, 2022
In a recent tweet the official Steam Deck account has confirmed that it speeds up portable shipments. Valve also noted that it will send out more order availability emails each week. Some weeks it will send two emails instead of the one email that Valve has sent every Monday for about the last month.
Valve also confirmed that they have updated the Steam Deck product page. It specifies when you can anticipate the completion of your order if you pay a deposit of $5. Looking at the Steam Deck product page, each unit indicates the expected quarter you’ll be available to complete your purchase.
In parentheses, it indicates the first month you can expect to receive an email. As shown in the screenshot below, those with Steam Deck reservations for “After Q3” will be able to order their Steam Deck as early as October 2022.
The news comes as no surprise: last month, Valve announced that it was looking to make Steam Deck available in more countries, including Japan, by the end of the year. As more people begin to receive their Steam Decks, Valve noted that the demand for its portable gaming PC has been unprecedented. Although Valve doesn’t plan to raise the price of its current SKUS, Gabe Newell told us in February that the company may be considering higher-end models in the future.
Since launch, Valve has released regular updates to the Steam Deck, including adding support for Windows (with some caveats). Thanks to Microsoft, the Steam Deck even supports Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming.
In our Steam Deck review, my colleague Seth Macy gave the handheld a 7 out of 10, noting that while it delivers on its promises, the portable gaming PC has some major caveats, like a fan noisy and relatively long loading times.
Taylor is the Associate Technical Writer at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.