Steam Deck delayed to February 2022

Steam Deck
Steam Deck (Image credit: Valve)

What you need to know

  • The Steam Deck is Valve's upcoming handheld gaming PC.
  • The Steam Deck was originally scheduled to start shipping out to buyers in December 2021.
  • Shipments for the Steam Deck are being delayed and will now begin in February 2022.

Valve's upcoming PC handheld Steam Deck is delayed to February 2022. Valve shared the news on Wednesday that shipping was being delayed by two months. Orders for the first wave of Steam Deck shipments were originally scheduled to start arriving in December 2021.

Source: Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

Valve notes that the company was trying to avoid delays but that due to "material shortages," getting the orders together for manufacturing and then shipping has been challenging, necessitating a delay.

Other waves of Steam Deck orders are similarly being pushed back by two months, meaning everything has been affected, not just the first wave. Many people who successfully ordered a Steam Deck, especially the higher-end models with instead storage, were previously told that their orders would start shipping out in Q1 or Q2 2022. If this pattern holds, those people will now start seeing their machines arrive in Q2 and Q3 2022.

The Steam Deck allows players to take their Steam library on the go, meaning that if you're okay with the Steam Deck specs, you can take some of the best PC games available wherever you want. The Steam Deck starts at $399 for the basic model, with a $529 model that includes a 256 GB SSD and a $649 model that comes with a 512 GB SSD and premium, higher-quality glass.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

  • Hopefully, by Valve mentioning material shortages will be somewhat a teaching moment for people - who believe electronics are simply churned out from a factory and the components used just automagically appear out of thin air.
  • This is such a better way about going about this than Razer with their mask. I put my pre-order in and I know I'm on a list. They will keep me informed when my name comes up or any delays. There is no wasted time. Meanwhile I've wasted about 2+ hrs on razors website trying to get in line to purchase a product. Good job on this valve. I can be more than patient knowing the supply chain challenges happening across the globe. On a side note, if any of you haven't started Christmas shopping yet, you may want to. Products may be short in supply. Especially tech.