In a recent twitter posts, Steam Deck surprised fans with news that Steam Deck availability will improve by the end of the year. People with Q4 reservations will be bumped up to Q3. People with reservations for early next year will be bumped up to Q4 of this year.
Steam released the Steam Deck earlier this year, and it quickly became one of the most anticipated consoles in recent history. The Steam Deck is a hand-held console similar in form to the Nintendo Switch. Manufactured by Valve, the Steam Deck boasts enough processing power to run AAA games right in the palms of users’ hands. It also allows players access to their Steam library anytime anywhere.
However, like many of its fellow consoles, they faced many difficulties with procurement of parts. Chip shortages and manufacturing delays due to COVID-19 forced Steam to push the release of the console to February of this year. The console was supposed to release in fall of 2021.
Great news: Everyone who currently has a reservation can get their Steam Deck by the end of this year! We’ve cleared up supply chain issues, a bunch of folks got moved up to Q3, and all other reservations are now in Q4.
More details here:https://t.co/Xj2yEHqpKZ pic.twitter.com/floa2xZelK
— Steam Deck (@OnDeck) July 29, 2022
The good news is Steam Deck availability will improve sooner than anticipated. Like with other consoles on the market, production restrictions lifting will allow Steam to produce more consoles faster than expected. On their recent blog post, Steam shared the news that all reservations will be bumped up. Those with reservations in Q4 will receive their Deck in Q3. Those with reservations in Q1 of next year will be moved to Q4 of this year.
Steam clarified that this is only for those with current reservations. Any orders placed in the future will automatically be added in the Q4 bucket. If they are unable to fill those new orders, they will move them to Q1 of next year.