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Steam Deck delayed to 2022

Valve’s handheld gaming PC, Steam Deck was announced earlier this year starting at just $399. The highly anticipated device was planned to launch this December, but Valve has pushed its release to February 2022.

The launch of Steam Deck will be delayed by two months. We’re sorry about this—we did our best to work around the global supply chain issues, but due to material shortages, components aren’t reaching our manufacturing facilities in time for us to meet our initial launch dates.” The company said in an announcement. “Based on our updated build estimates, Steam Deck will start shipping to customers in February 2022. This will be the new start date of the reservation queue—all reservation holders keep their place in line but dates will shift back accordingly. Reservation date estimates will be updated shortly after this announcement.”

On the bright side, Valve says that your reserved spot will pretty much stay the same, albeit with slight changes as everyone is shifted back according to the new release date.

The supply chain shortage has negatively impacted the entire industry, including NVIDIA’s 30-series GPUs along with new-gen consoles; PS5 & Xbox Series S|X, forcing Sony to reduce their production by 6%. 

The Steam Deck gained its popularity, not because of its low price, but because of its impressive hardware for such a handheld PC as it features a custom Zen 2 4c/8t CPU and an RDNA 2 based integrated GPU with 8 CUs along with 16GB of LPDDR5, making it a really decent option for gaming on the go.

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