If you’ve been eagerly awaiting your Steam Deck order, I’ve got some good news: Valve announced that it’s “stepping up” shipments on its portable game console and indicated when you can expect to end your order for the product.
Welcome to Q2! We have just sent our first set of order emails to Q2 Warehouses (in the order of booking time). Starting today, we’re increasing Steam Deck shipments, and we’ll be sending more emails regarding order availability every week. Sometimes even twice a week! pic.twitter.com/54TAoCQXfd
– Steam Deck (OnDeck) April 4, 2022
at recent tweet The official Steam Deck account has confirmed that it is ramping up handheld shipments. Valve has also indicated that it will send more order availability emails each week. Some weeks it will send two emails instead of the email Valve sent every Monday for about the past month.
Valve also confirmed that it has updated a file Steam Deck product page. It specifies when you can expect to finish your order if you deposit $5. Looking at the Steam Deck product page, each unit shows the expected quarter in which it will be available to finalize the purchase.
In parentheses, it indicates the first month in which you expect to receive an email. As shown in the screenshot below, those with Steam Deck reservations for “After Q3” will be able to pre-order a Steam Deck as early as October 2022.
The news came as no surprise: Valve announced last month that it was looking to make Steam Deck available in more countries, including Japan, by the end of the year. With more people starting to receive their Steam Decks, Valve points out that the demand for gaming laptops is like never before. While Valve does not plan to increase the price of the current SKUS, Gabe Newell told us in February that the company might consider higher-end models down the road.
Since its launch, Valve has released regular updates to the Steam Deck, including the addition of Windows support (with some caveats). Thanks to Microsoft, Steam Deck supports Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming.
In our Steam Deck review, my colleague Seth Macy gave the laptop a 7 out of 10, noting that while it delivers on its promises, the gaming laptop does have a few major caveats, like a noisy fan and relatively long load times.
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