Valve’s Steam Deck was one of the most anticipated game consoles in a long time, and the company’s site completely crashed due to the sheer number of people trying to get their hands on one. But that’s changing, and Valve says you’ll be getting one much sooner than originally thought. Even if you order today.
The Valve Steam Deck, if you’re not familiar, is essentially a pocket computer. You can think of it as a more powerful Switch, except it’s not made by Nintendo. No, this console comes from Valve and unsurprisingly relies on Steam for its game library.
Great news: everyone who currently has a pre-order can get their Steam Deck later this year! We’ve worked out the supply chain issues, a bunch of people moved into Q3, and all other bookings are now in Q4.
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It’s a mighty little machine, capable of playing plenty of modern games (don’t expect miracles though), but all that power saw the manufacturer struggle amid chip shortages. Now Valve says its supply constraints are becoming clearer, and that’s good news for everyone.
If you have already ordered the Steam Deck, the promised ship date may have been moved from Q4 to Q3. And Valve says that if you order one today, it should still arrive before the year is out. Of course, if yours arrives with a noisy fan, as is common, you can always turn to iFixit to fix that problem. Steam Deck is pretty much fixable thanks to a partnership with iFixit, and that’s good news for the device’s longevity.