Valve promised to fulfill demand sooner than expected due to a supply shortage, and the company is continuing to increase its reservations for the next two years. We congratulate all Deck owners for receiving their controllers sooner than expected, live long.
The next challenge to the Nintendo Switch's throne has been in high demand since reservations went live last year, and people are frantically checking their phones and emails for order emails to arrive. Valve has finally shared some good news with the fans: those who have ordered their upcoming Steam Deck will likely purchase the handheld by the end of the year.
Valve has announced that it would fulfill demand faster than expected, and that it would add reservation sports for those who are patiently waiting for their Steam Deck since the handheld was released. Luckily, the company was able to overcome any supply issues, and the new handhelds are being shipped to their owners ahead of the designated delivery date.
Everyone who is currently in the Valves reservation queue will receive their Steam Deck by the years end. All customers who were previously in the Q4 delivery window or later have been moved up to Q3, meaning they can expect their Deck to arrive anytime between July and the end of September. All new reservations will go into the now-vacant Q4 delivery queue beginning in October until the end of December, and all reservations made afterward will continue to spill over to Q1 2023 and subsequent quarters.
Valve has maintained its sales growth since the handhelds were launched. In April, the company began sending reservation emails twice a week, followed by a statement in June stating that it would increase the number of handheld PCs shipped per week. And as more Steam Decks are being shipped off the production line, it would appear that the company's efforts will pay off.
The Steam Deck docking station's official hardware was indefinitely postponed a few months ago, with no indication on when it might be released to the general public. Thankfully, there are fully compatible third-party docking stations for Steam Deck available to the public, and considering how well designed some of these models are, Valve would have had better luck with the docking station if it had partnered up with some of those third-party manufacturers.
When the handheld was released in February, Valve followed up with significant improvements that resolved all of the issues with Steam Deck. The portable PC now feels much more fully baked than before, the controls have an incredible degree of customization, and the new software update drastically reduced the handheld's fan noise.
Valve partnered with iFixit, a popular repair website/company that publicly supports the Right to Repair movement, to make their handheld more readily repairable by the general public.