Valve Steam Deck delay ruins Christmas for countless Linux gaming nerds

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Do you hear that horrible sound? These are the combined screams and howls of countless Linux gaming nerds learning the devastating news: the release of the Steam Deck video game console has been postponed to next year. In other words, anyone hoping to have the console under the Christmas tree this year will be disappointed.

If you’re not familiar, Steam Deck is a portable PC / game console hybrid running the Arch Linux-based “SteamOS” operating system using KDE Plasma. Similar to a Nintendo Switch Lite in design (but much larger, heavier and more powerful) it allows you to play PC games in the palm of your hand. You can check the specs here.

“The launch of Steam Deck will be delayed for two months. We apologize for this: we have done our best to circumvent global supply chain problems, but due to material shortages, components do not reach our production facilities in time to meet our initial launch dates, ” He says Valve.

The company adds: “Based on our updated build estimates, Steam Deck will begin shipping to customers in February 2022. This will be the new reservation queue start date – all reservation holders will keep their seats in line but dates will revert accordingly. Reservation date estimates will be updated shortly after this announcement. “

While this news is certainly heartbreaking, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Look, it’s still hard to find a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X in stores these days, and they were released about a year ago! The chip shortage is real, folks, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Steam Deck suffer further delays as well.

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