What you need to know
- The official Steam Deck Twitter account announced that the number of Steam Deck consoles shipping has increased by more than double.
- Steam Deck orders still operate on a reservation queue system, with customers receiving emails when their console is ready to buy.
- Q2 reservation emails should arrive soon.
Heading to the official Steam Deck Twitter account, the development team within Valve was pleased to announce that the number of Steam Deck units has more than doubled after production has increased. Lawrence Yang, a designer within the team, confirmed the increase of units currently being despatched to customers.
Hello! Some great news on the production front. We just sent the last batch of Q2 emails, and we’ll start sending Q3 reservation emails on the 30th. Production has picked up, and after today we'll be shipping more than double the number of Steam Decks every week! pic.twitter.com/kAHE0zRrV7June 27, 2022
Excited fans who had their orders in advance should feel more at ease about waiting anxiously for their reservation emails to arrive. The Steam Deck team clarified that Q2 reservation emails are coming to a close, and anyone still waiting for theirs should see them arriving in their inboxes shortly, with the Q3 period starting on June 30. The Steam Deck still uses a reservation-based system, but hopefully, this boost to production will reduce wait times.
Valve allows a 72-hour window to complete your order, but Steam Support is not unheard of to bend the rules for customers with legitimate issues accessing their emails, so don't fret if you haven't seen yours yet. The dev team claims this grace period can extend your window by a few days.
A significant increase in production for Steam Deck is fantastic news, but Valve still has a long way to go to fulfill its orders. The console is still one of the top sellers on Steam since launching in July 2021. Still, many customers are feeling the pain of extended wait times, and the official Steam Deck docking station was delayed due to manufacturing issues blamed in part on complications caused by COVID.
Check out our official Steam Deck review for an in-depth look at the console. If you're one of the lucky ones who managed to bag it in the first wave, check out some of our roundups of accessories like the best cases for Steam Deck for keeping it safe during travels.
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Ben is the channel editor for all things tech-related at Windows Central. That includes PCs, the components inside, and any accessory you can connect to a Windows desktop or Xbox console. Not restricted to one platform, he also has a keen interest in Valve's Steam Deck handheld and the Linux-based operating system inside. Fueling this career with coffee since 2021, you can usually find him behind one screen or another. Find him on Mastodon @firstname.lastname@example.org to ask questions or share opinions.