Valve apologizes as it delays Steam Deck to 2022

After promising a holiday 2021 launch window, Valve has confirmed that the first batch of Steam Decks won't release until early 2022.

Valve's steam Deck has the potential to be a game-changer in the video game industry. While it's not the first portable PC to attempt to take advantage of the increasing demand for gaming on the go, it's one of the first with the backing of a company as large as Valve. Unfortunately, while fans and doubters alike are undoubtedly excited for the release of the handheld PC, it appears that the wait for the Steam Deck will have to go on for a little longer.

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Steam Deck adds to the ever-growing stack of notable games that will release on February 2022.

Global supply chain forces Valve to delay Steam Deck

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If we're being honest, we wouldn't be surprised if the Steam Deck is delayed by a few more months.

Valve initially confirmed that it will start shipping the handheld PC in time for this year's holiday season. Subsequent teases about The Witcher 3 running on the Steam Deck suggested that Valve was going to hit its target. But, this isn't the case. The global supply chain continues to do its damage. This time around, its latest victim is Valve.

Earlier this year, Intel teased that the microchip shortage could last until 2023. Nintendo also confirmed that it might not have enough units available to meet the Switch's expected demand this holiday season. Thus, while it's disappointing, the writing was already on the wall as far as Steam Deck's delay is concerned. If it's any consolation, the delay isn't for too long.

Valve confirmed that the Steam Deck will start shipping in February 2022. Unfortunately, the delay doesn't change the reservation queue. This means that if you weren't fast enough to pre-order the Steam Deck for a December release, you won't be getting yours by February. Valve also added that those who were late to pre-order the Steam Deck can expect at least a two-month delay to their unit's shipping date.

Ultimately, it was wishful thinking for Valve to meet its promised December 2021 release window. The ongoing chip shortage and COVID-19 pandemic have made it difficult for companies to ramp up manufacturing. Valve isn't the only one that's had to adjust its timeline in light of what's happening. If anything, even the February 2022 launch window is still pretty optimistic.

Hopefully, when the Steam Deck does release, Valve's handheld console can live up to the expectations and ends up becoming a true PC alternative.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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