Steam Deck Launch Pushed Back To 2022
Valve has delayed the launch of Steam Deck and pushed it back 2 months into 2022. They have cited supply chain issues for this delay.
Steam Deck has been incredibly popular since it was made available to pre-order and it was back-ordered for months due to the high demand. The system was expected to arrive this December, but now the launch has been delayed to February 2022.
Here’s the message shared by Valve on Steam.
The launch of Steam Deck will be delayed by two months. We’re sorry about this—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.
Based on our updated build estimates, Steam Deck will start shipping to customers February 2022. This will be the new start date of the reservation queue—all reservation holders keep their place in line but dates will shift back accordingly. Reservation date estimates will be updated shortly after this announcement.
Again, we’re sorry we won’t be able to make our original ship date. We’ll continue working to improve reservation dates based on the new timeline, and will keep folks updated as we go.
If you were hoping to get this handheld by Holidays 2021, well, the plan is now out of the window. You need to wait until February 2022 before it will be available in the market. Even then, expect high prices since the stock is low and the demand sky high.