Valve surprised the gaming world earlier this year when they announced that they will be entering the hardware world in a larger capacity than virtual reality with the Steam Deck, a handheld gaming PC that’s chock full of features. To say that it was popular would be an understatement, as to this day there is a very long waiting period to even get one. However, even those who managed to snag the first iterations will have to wait some more, as recent developments have significantly delayed Valve’s hardware.
According to Valve’s latest news post titled ‘Steam Deck Shipping Update,’ the Steam Deck will be delayed by two months from its first-announced December 2021 launch. It will now be released in February 2022, shipping to the customers who managed to reserve it firsthand. One of the key reasons noted by Valve was as follows:
“The launch of Steam Deck will be delayed by two months. We’re sorry about this—we did our best to work around the global supply chain issues, but due to material shortages, components aren’t reaching our manufacturing facilities in time for us to meet our initial launch dates.”
With this new release date, the new start date of the reservation queue has also been moved, and prospective gamers will need to roll back their expectations. That said, Valve has promised more updates in the future, all of which are sure to be needed as we move closer to 2022.
In other Deck news, Valve recently announced a program for proper game verification on the Steam Deck called ‘ Deck Verified.’ Games will be put under certain categories according to their compatibility status with the Deck.
- Verified games support the Steam Deck’s screen resolution, on-screen keyboard functions, support the Steam Deck’s built-in gamepad controls, and can be played on Linux. These games can be played using Steam Deck with no problems, offering gamers a great experience out of the box.
- These games are playable but may require tweaking to achieve optimal results. Settings may need manual tweaking to support Steam Deck, or workarounds may need to be employed to allow the game to function.
- Unsupportedgames will not run on Valve’s Steam Deck system. Future game/Steam Deck updates may allow these games to be supported, but as it stands these titles cannot be played on Valve’s handheld gaming PC. One category of unsupported titles is VR games.
- Valve has not tested these games for Steam Deck Compatibility.
The Steam Deck is now set to release in February 2022. It is currently available for reservations in the United States, Canada, European Union, and the United Kingdom.