Victim of component shortage, Steam Deck will not release in 2021

No one is spared

In a context of global semiconductor shortage which still persists today (and which is not about to subside), it was clear that le Steam Deck could possibly suffer logistical concerns. It did not fail, because Valve indicates on its blog that the first buyers of the ultra portable PC will finally have to wait until 2022 to receive their package.

The launch of Steam Deck is delayed for two months. We apologize for the delay. We have done our best to bypass global supply chain issues, but due to a shortage of materials, components are not arriving on time at our manufacturing facilities so that we can meet deadlines. initial launch.

Obviously, this risks creating shifts in the shipping waiting list. If you pre-order a Steam Deck today, you can expect delivery in during the second quarter of 2022.

We’ve updated our build time estimates and believe the first Steam Deck shipments should be able to be met in February 2022, the new start date for the reservation queue. You keep your place in the queue, but the associated order dates will be shifted accordingly. They will be updated shortly after this announcement.

On suppose que components customized by AMD for Valve’s purposes are quite difficult to manufacture in a normal setting, so it’s understandable than a shortage of semiconductors don’t help matters. Next-gen consoles are already suffering greatly, and even a device that is apparently simple like the Playdate should miss the end of the year.

Recently, Valve has shown that it is easy (but not recommended) to replace capacitive analog sticks and le SSD you Steam Deck, and promised that he will test the Steam catalog extensively to ensure that users will know in advance if a particular game is perfectly playable on their ultra-portable gaming PC.

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