The launch of Valve Software’s new portable gaming PC, the Steam platform, was postponed by two months to February 2022.
Bellevue, Wash-based Valve announced the delay Wednesday via the official Steam blog. According to an official FAQ for Steam Deck, the delay is attributed to the current disruption in the global supply chain.
“While we have done our best to account for global supply chain issues (by this we mean that we have taken the extra time into account to account for these risks and have worked with multiple component suppliers), our production plans were still affected “, Valve wrote. “Material shortages and delays meant that parts did not arrive at our manufacturing facilities on time.”
Valve said that all that has changed in the pre-order process for Steam Deck is the date. It opened pre-orders last summer on a first come, first served basis, and anyone who secured a seat in that row should still have it despite the delay. It will only take two more months to actually get your computer.
– Steam Deck (@OnDeck) November 10, 2021
The Steam Deck was originally revealed in July, following a anonymous escape in May. Combine the form factor of a portable gaming system like Nintendo Switch with a high-powered miniature gaming PC, which can run many (but not all) of the titles currently available on the Valve Steam digital showcase.
The deck features a custom AMD APU with a 2.4-3.5Ghz Zen 2 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a MicroSD card slot for extended storage. Out of the box, it is based on a new edition of SteamOS, the Linux-based operating system that Valve first used for its Standalone Steam Machine PCs.
My great takeaways from the deck after getting some practical time with it in August, were its versatility and low price. At a starting price of $ 399, the deck allows you to get a amount of computers for the cost and you can connect it to a keyboard, monitor and mouse to use it as a portable workstation.
Alternatively, Valve has no plans to include blocking measures on the deck, so that tinkers can clean its disk and install whatever software they want. It’s a great gift for the homebrew community, as an officially approved version of the popular hack-friendly PlayStation Vita.