The Steam Deck delayed, according to a statement released by Valve. Thus, confirming that material shortages are pushing back the shipment of the first pre-orders until February of 2022.
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Steam Deck Delayed by Valve
— Steam Deck (@OnDeck) November 10, 2021
The reservation system has not changed, as current reservation holders will hold their spots.
The Steam Deck joins the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC GPUs as gaming hardware that has been affected by the global supply shortage. The high demand and shortage of equipment have led to high-priced scalping of gaming equipment on third-party sites such as eBay and Facebook Marketplace.
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Steam Deck was first announced in July of this year. It will roll out with three different price points. Lower price pointed units carry less internal storage than the higher-priced units. The base model comes with 64 GB of eMMC internal storage. The mid-tier comes with 256 GB of NVME internal storage, while the highest tier comes with 512 GB of NVME internal storage. The unit will roll out at price points of $399, $529, and $649 respectively.
The deck is designed for handheld use but will have docking capabilities. The official dock for the deck has not been released as of this writing, while docked the unit is able to reach up to 8K at 60Hz or 4K at 120Hz. The deck will also have a seven-inch LCD touchscreen along with two trackpads under the thumbstick.
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Pre-orders opened the day after the hardware was announced with units originally scheduled to ship in December of this year.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned to Last Word on Gaming for more updates as they become available as well as for other stories in the world of gaming. More information about the Steam Deck including an FAQ can be found here.