Valve pushes back Steam Deck portable gaming PC release due to supply chain issues

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The launch of Valve Software’s new portable gaming PC, the Steam Deck, has been pushed back two months to February 2022.

Bellevue, Washington-based Valve announced the delay on Wednesday via the official Steam blog. According to an official Steam Deck FAQ, the delay is blamed on the ongoing global supply chain disruption.

“While we have done our best to account for global supply chain issues (by which we mean we have factored in the extra time to account for these risks and worked with multiple component suppliers), our manufacturing plans have always been impacted,” Valve wrote. “Material shortages and delays meant that components were not arriving at our manufacturing facilities on time.”

Valve said all that changed in the Steam Deck pre-order process was the date. It opened for pre-orders last summer on a first-come, first-served basis, and anyone who got a spot in that line should still have it despite the delay. It will just take you two more months to get your computer.

The Steam Deck was originally revealed in July, following an anonymous leak in May. It combines the form factor of a portable gaming system like the Nintendo Switch with a high-powered miniaturized gaming PC, which can run many (but not all) of the titles currently available on Valve’s digital storefront, Steam.

The Deck includes a custom AMD APU with a Zen 2 2.4-3.5 Ghz processor, 16 GB of RAM and a MicroSD card slot for expanded storage. Out of the box, it runs a new edition of SteamOS, the Linux-based operating system that Valve first used for its standalone Steam Machine PCs.

My big takeaways from the Deck, after spending time with it in August, were its versatility and low price. At a starting price of $399, the Deck lets you get a parcel computer for the price, and you can hook it up to a keyboard, monitor, and mouse to use it as a portable workstation.

Alternatively, Valve has no plans to include lockout measures on the Deck, so tinkerers can erase its drive and install software of their choosing. It’s a big giveaway for the homebrew community, like an officially endorsed version of the notorious hacking PlayStation Vita.

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