Packaging your Steam library into one portable package, the Steam Deck is the first major attempt to bring PC gaming to handheld systems.
With expected launch dates expected to begin in the fall, Valve may have altered the availability date for the console, possibly pushing back the release of the base model.
Steam Deck's Base Model Launch Date Might Have Been Pushed Back
First recognized by PC Gamer, the availability period for the more affordable version of the Steam Deck has seemingly shifted.
Previously, reservations for the forthcoming console could be fulfilled through a three-month period. This has changed, with the availability date for all models stretching up until Q2 2022, and the 64 GB model is listed as "After Q2 2022":
The vagueness in the release date could signify a delay in the availability of not only the standard model but also the other versions. And with the first sales of the Steam Deck being instantly sold-out, this raises concerns about when the next batch of the aforementioned console will be available.
Despite being the first mainstream portable system to enter the market in some time other than Nintendo's consoles, Valve assures fans that the Steam Deck is not competing with the Switch.