Valve Has ‘Good News’ On Steam Deck Availability

Ever since Steam Deck was announced last summer, Valve's handheld has been defined by long queues and limited supply. That may soon be changing, though, as Valve announced today that it has some "good news" for prospective Steam Deck customers.

In a news post that went up this morning, Valve announced that it would be able to fulfill demand sooner than expected.

"Many of the supply chain shortfalls that affect Steam Deck are gradually clearing up, and we're continuing to ramp production, so we're able to produce more Decks faster than ever before," Valve said.

As a result, Valve is promising that everyone currently in the reservation queue will get their Steam Deck email "this year," with "many customers" who were in the Q4 or later window getting moved up to the Q3 window, which runs from July to September. New reservations will fall into the Q4 window. This follows Valve's promise to "double" the number of units it will ship.

Steam Deck has proven a hit with fans since its release in February. While Valve's handheld has been criticized for its screen quality, battery life, and occasional performance issues, it has also won praise for its flexibility and support.

We wrote in our Steam Deck review, "When the Steam Deck is living up to its promises, it's absolutely incredible. Playing GTA 5, God of War, and other modern games on the go is an absolute joy, and the hardware and controls feel good to hold even though it’s a big chubby boy of a handheld."

In the meantime, the list of verified Steam Deck games continues to grow. You can view the full list right here.

Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN as well as co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Have a tip? Send her a DM at @the_katbot.

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