Valve apologizes for delaying Steam Deck until February 2022

Two people playing Stardew Valley on a Steam Deck that has been delayed until February

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Valve has delayed the release of its Steam tires handheld for several months, it announced in a message Today. The expected handheld will now begin rolling out in February 2022, pushed back from an initial December release.

“We are saddened by this – we did our best to circumvent the global supply chain problems, but due to material shortages, the components did not reach our production facilities in time for us to reach our initial launch dates,” Valve wrote. “Based on our updated build estimates, Steam Deck will begin shipping to customers in February 2022. This will be the new start date for the reservation queue – all reservation holders will hold their place in the queue, but the dates will change back accordingly.”

First announced in July, Steam Deck – shaped much like a Nintendo Switch and allowing players to play games from their Steam libraries on the go – is available in three models. The base version, which costs $ 400, has 64 GB of internal storage for games. The two more expensive models come with solid-state drives priced at $ 529 (for 256 GB) and $ 649 (for 512 GB). You will be able to connect any model to an external monitor via a separately sold dock, but Valve has not yet revealed pricing information for that accessory. (says Valve a USB-C hub will do essentially the same thing.)

All models seem to work fine as a replacement gaming PC. According to a Valve developer, each game the company tested on the device is capable of hitting a frame rate of 30 frames per second. Last month, Valve unveiled a rating system called Deck Verified indicating how well (or badly) the game will run. For them who has hesitated to get into PC games, a proprietary easily accessible handheld from the largest digital storefront on the web, lowers the barrier enormously. No need to figure out specifications or source hard to find parts. You could just pick things up and play.

But no object, let alone a long-awaited gaming device, can escape supply chain problems which has involved all industries on the planet. Say nothing about Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. Even Nintendo – which released a new handheld in October, Nintendo Switch – OLED modelreduced its expected hardware production by 20 percent for the holiday season.

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