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Valve has delayed the Steam Deck's launch to 2022

By Tim Augustin - on 11 Nov 2021, 2:44pm

Valve has delayed the Steam Deck's launch to 2022

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You’ll have to wait to play God of War on the go. 

Valve has announced that the launch of its handheld gaming PC, the Steam Deck, has been delayed to next year. The device will now start shipping to pre-order customers from February 2022 onwards, instead of the original December 2021 release date. 

Valve blames the global supply chain for this delay, specifically calling out the chip shortages that have also impacted distribution of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles worldwide. Seeing as these shortages continue to hit Sony and Microsoft hard even a year after the launch of their next-generation consoles, it makes sense that Valve is facing similar problems too. 

If you haven’t pre-ordered a Steam Deck of your own yet, then expect your device to arrive even later than February. Valve has plans to update customers on their devices’ exact shipping date soon, but those who pre-ordered first will still be in front of the queue. The Steam Deck’s price ranges from US$399 to US$649, so look on the bright side - this just gives you more time to save up. 

And remember: don’t mod your Steam Deck! If you really have to, here’s the forbidden tutorial. We won’t be responsible for any subsequent explosions.

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