Valve’s Switch-style pocket PC, Steam Deck, is pushed back to 2022


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Valve has announced that the shipment of Steam Deck, the company’s Switch-type pocket PC, will be delayed for two months due to “global supply chain issues.”

Under industry-wide circumstances that recently caused Nintendo to scale back its Switch sales forecast due to the global semiconductor shortage, Valve explained on the Steam Deck booking page that despite the issues supply chain ongoing, his plans have always been disrupted.

You can read the full explanation below:

While we’ve done our best to accommodate global supply chain issues (meaning we’ve factored in the extra time to accommodate those risks and worked with multiple component vendors), our plans manufacturing have always been impacted. Material shortages and delays meant components were not arriving on time at our manufacturing facilities. Missing parts along with logistical challenges mean delayed Steam Decks, so we had to postpone shipping two months until February. We will continue to work to improve booking dates based on the new schedule and keep people updated as we go.

This delay means that the first people waiting for the arrival of their Steam Deck – described in some neighborhoods (not those quarters, you understand) as “Switch-killer” – should now receive them from February 2022.

The device itself is certainly of interest to anyone who enjoys handheld gaming, an area Nintendo has pretty much had to its own for a long time now, and those who were hoping to enjoy the new handheld while on vacation will surely be disappointed.

This is not surprising news given the problems currently plaguing the production of many electronic devices. Rival platform owners Microsoft and Sony have struggled to meet demand for their respective consoles for nearly a year now due to manufacturing and supply issues exacerbated by the pandemic. A year later, we still haven’t seen a PS5 in the wild – other than the ones with the $ 300 markup in the window of our local second-hand game store.

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Valve’s handheld is an intriguing proposition for portable gamers, and there’s also a docking station to hook it up to your TV. Seems familiar? Valve himself played down Switch’s comparisons, saying it was “looking” for a different audience, but the superficial similarities were striking when it was first revealed in July. Steam Deck has completely beaten Switch on a spec standpoint, but it remains to be seen how comfortable and easy it is to use in the real world. It certainly seems important for a portable system and we can’t wait to see how it stacks up.

We’ll have to wait until February at the earliest to see exactly how Steam Deck stacks up against Switch. Fortunately, there’s another rugged laptop to take over in the New Year.


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