Steam Deck is delayed until February 2022, Valve announced in emails to those who'd managed to secure the handheld device earlier in the summer. Valve said problems in the supply chain caused the delay, and they're having issues obtaining the materials necessary for manufacturing.
"We did our best to work around the global supply chain issues, but due to material shortages, components aren’t reaching our manufacturing facilities in time for us to meet our initial launch dates," Valve said in the announcement.
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Valve Delays Steam Deck for Another Few Months
"Based on our updated build estimates, Steam Deck will start shipping February 2022," the statement continued. Valve said reservation dates will soon be updated to reflect these changes. For example, if your Steam Deck was originally meant to ship in February, that, too, will shift back a few months.
The statement also said Valve is working on refining its reservation date estimations.
Previously, shipment windows were vague and only gave quarters, rather than months or dates. That's if you were lucky enough to even place a pre-order. Valve was unprepared for the level of demand, the Steam Deck page frequently shut down, and open reservation slots filled up quickly.
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