Purchasing a Steam Deck no longer requires a reservation
You can finally buy a Steam Deck without making a reservation in advance.
Valve announced the streamlined ordering process in a new video that also outlines the release of the official Steam Deck dock as well as the latest handheld software updates.
BIG NEWS today!✨ Steam Deck is now available without reservation! Order one, we’ll ship it to you: https://t.co/uVdBCpJVuX📺 Docking station is also available! Connect to devices and displays in style: https://t.co/QqLoKsvASs💾 Plus lots of new software features: pic.twitter.com/64VzQeisuZOctober 6, 2022
“Supply chain issues have prevented us from producing Steam Decks fast enough to meet demand, but now, even though the reservation rate continues to rise, we have been able to increase our manufacturing volume to meet demand,” says Valve.
With this change, Valve has also assured people with existing Steam Deck reservations that their order email is “on the way”.
While production has stabilized enough to remove reservations as a necessary stopgap, Valve was quick to warn that, “depending on how quickly orders come in, we may have to start taking reservations again, but we hope we can continue.”
Meanwhile, Valve has opened Steam Deck reservations for Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong as the handheld becomes more available globally. Ordering information for these countries is available here (opens in a new tab).
Last month, Valve noted that Steam Deck reservations were shipping faster than expected, with bookings for the fourth quarter at “an accelerated pace”. The Steam Deck is one of the few pieces of gaming hardware whose availability has been trending positively for quite some time now, and it seems Valve’s pace has picked up so much that it can skip the reservation altogether. Hopefully it will stay that way. But as Valve warns, demand could become unsustainable now that the floodgates are truly open. Hoping that anyone who wants one can get one.
valve says the next-gen Steam Deck 2 will be “more open and capable”.
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