After a rather surprising reveal in 2017, Valve has just confirmed the launch of the Steam Deck on February 25, 2022. Starting on the day, Valve will be sending out the first batch of order emails to reservation holders.
Valve opened reservations around the same time as the announcement of the Steam Deck and those who did reserve one will be receiving an order email, starting February 5. Customers will have 3 days (72 hours) from receipt of the email to make their purchase.
If the customer isn’t able to complete their purchase within the time period, then the reservation is released to the next person in the queue. Valve plans to release the first units to the customers starting February 28 and release new order email batches on a weekly basis.
The console is currently not available for reservation in India as the launch is restricted currently only to the US, Canada, the EU, and the UK.
Steam Deck Order Emails Will Arrive On A Weekly Basis
Valve has confirmed that they will be sending invites shortly after 10:000 AM on February 25, PST. Customers will only be able to purchase the Steam Deck model that they originally reserved. The reservation deposit amount will be applied to the final price of the machine.
This is pretty great news for gamers as the Steam Deck is easily one of the most talked-about gaming devices in the community. A lot of it is cautious optimism spliced with a healthy dose of reservation.
From what we’ve seen so far, it generally looks like the Steam Deck is able to hold its own even while playing massive AAA titles like Devil May Cry 5. Performance doesn’t seem to be an issue thus far, but then again, we haven’t seen the machine in action all that much.
It will be interesting to see if Valve decides to reveal more about the system in a detailed breakdown of the hardware, much in the same way Sony did with the PlayStation 5.