The news that Steam Deck is delayed to February 2022 will surely get some Steam fans upset as simply pre-ordering the device was a battle when they launched, leading to people even listing pre-orders for sale on Ebay.
The last update we had on Steam Deck hardware was that development kits were being sent out to developers, with Valve revealing the “Steam Deck Verified” program a bit later. With this new system, developers can submit their games to be evaluated and presented as compatible or not with the handheld PC.
Here’s the full message on the delay:
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.
Based on our updated build estimates, Steam Deck will start shipping to customers February 2022. This will be the new start date of the reservation queue—all reservation holders keep their place in line but dates will shift back accordingly. Reservation date estimates will be updated shortly after this announcement.
Again, we’re sorry we won’t be able to make our original ship date. We’ll continue working to improve reservation dates based on the new timeline, and will keep folks updated as we go.