The Steam Deck, which was expected to start shipping in the next few weeks, has now been delayed into 2022. Valve realised that the semiconductor shortage, that is affecting every tech device on the planet, can’t be avoided even if they are the biggest gaming platform on earth. In a statement, Valve says that the supply chain issues and material shortages surrounding PC components are causing massive delays in the production of the Steam Deck.
Parts aren’t arriving on time at the manufacturing facilities and in turn, the Steam Deck devices have been delayed. According to Valve, the company will now start shipping the devices to customers starting in February 2022. All pre-orders will also be pushed back and different shipping waves are also affected by the delay.
This means that customers who were initially meant to get their Steam Decks in February will now get them in April. The delay will see an estimated two to three-month shipping delay across all orders. The statement reads:
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.
To view your updated expected order availability and FAQ, please visit the official site.
We will share any updates as we hear more.