In short: If you’re one of the many gamers who are waiting to get their hands on a Steam deck, you might not have to wait long. Valve has said the new handheld console will likely start shipping next month despite ongoing supply chain issues.
Valve announced its Steam Deck portable console back in July 2021, and it’s no secret that it’s been a blast for gamers who’ve been waiting a long time to play their favorite PC games on a compact handheld device. The concept even intrigued Epic CEO Tim Sweeney, who called it an “amazing move” that would give users the ability to install the software of their choice.
However, the timing coincided with an ongoing situation where the technology supply chain was disrupted. troubled to meet the demand for materials and components required for the production of consumer electronic devices. Valve originally planned for the first users to receive their devices in December, but were eventually forced to delay the launch until February of this year.
The company is currently published an update that confirms that the long-awaited handheld console is still on track for a proper launch by the end of next month, “despite a global pandemic, supply issues, and shipping issues.”
In the meantime, the company says it’s sending out more developer kits so game creators can get their games ready for the Steam Deck launch. Games will have ratings based on their compatibility level and ease of setup, and being Deck Verified also requires that the particular game hit at least 30fps at all times.
Valve says they have more information to share soon and you can pre-order Steam Deck at the time of writing.