Valve’s $400-plus portable gaming PC, the Steam Deck, went on sale this morning… but you haven’t received an email from Valve, I presume? Neither do I – and as Valve just explained, that’s because they go out in small batches rather than all at once; the next batch will not arrive until Monday 7 March; and then they go out in weekly batches every Monday, presumably until the month of June.
Did you have a reservation for Q1 2022? You should see your email at the end of March. Q2 2022? They’ll start in April when I’ll hopefully get mine since I ordered on the very first day (but who knows, who knows, the reservation website had a lot of trouble that morning).
And if your reservation says “After Q2 2022,” Valve says, stay tuned for “news coming soon.” Maybe that means they no longer ship weekly at that point? Valve’s Q3 normally runs from July to September.
The good news: Valve won’t send you an invite until your device is actually ready to ship, you’ll have 72 hours to complete the purchase, your $5 reservation fee will count towards the sale, and you won’t have to pay anything extra for shipping — it is included. However, you will have to decide if you are interested in becoming an early adopter. As I explain in my Steam Deck review, it’s basically an early access game console.
Do you have any questions about the Steam Deck that are not covered in the reviews? Reach out to me at [email protected] and I’ll try to answer in an FAQ next week.