Steam Deck has been pushed back to 2022, with the new release period announced by Valve for February 2022, month in which shipments for the new portable console by the company that owns Steam and Half-Life will begin.
“The launch of Steam Deck will be delayed by two months. Sorry, we’ve really done our best to solve the global supply chain issues, but due to the limited availability of raw materials, components aren’t arriving at our facility in time to meet our initial release dates. “
This is what we read in an official Valve update about the current state of Steam Deck production, which evidently suffers, as was to be expected, with the general crisis that has been present for some time in the hardware and semiconductor market.
This is not a big delay, but it will obviously affect the plans of those hoping to have the promising device. Valid in time for Christmas 2021, or at least soon after. Instead, it will be a matter of waiting at least until February 2022, although then we will obviously have to see the possible pace for console distribution.
“According to our latest estimates, Steam Deck shipments will begin in February 2022. This will be the new start date for the reservation queue. All those who have booked the deck will retain their position in the queue, but dates will be pushed back accordingly, booking date estimates will be updated immediately following this announcement.
We regret that we cannot meet the date. originally scheduled shipping. We will continue to work to improve booking dates based on the new schedules and in the meantime we will keep everyone up to date. “
For up-to-date information on release estimates as well, you can consult the official Steam Deck page on the Steam portal.