Hardware news Steam Deck: Do we have to fear another postponement of Valve’s “PC Switch”? The company reacts!
Originally slated for this month, Valve finally announced last November that the arrival of the handheld console would be taking longer than expected due to component shortages. Will the Steam Deck, which hits the market now in February 2022, honor that second date? The company recently commented on this.
Many have been waiting with great impatience for this, but we had to find a reason: the current situation threatening the good production of our video game carriers has not allowed the Steam Deck to arrive by the end of 2021. . It’s going to be a pity, 2022: the company also unveiled the packaging of its portable console two weeks ago, as well as the rendering of the final prototype!
If everything seems to be all right on Valve’s side, a question continues to burn on the lips of players who have managed to pre-order the competitor of the Switching : Will the delivery of the Steam Deck be delayed again? The question is legitimate as production is slowing down and so Gabe Newell’s company has decided to fix things now.
February, still in your sights?
In some time, Valve will experience an unusual product launch, as the Steam Deck announced in summer 2021 was emulated and generated many pre-orders. When asked about the subject, Greg Coomer, Valve designer, said he was aware of the demand.
This is a real launch so thousands of people will be receiving the consoles as soon as we can ship them. But even to speak of thousands would be pretty low compared to the volumes we’re aiming for in the first few months. – Greg Coomer, designer at chez Valve
As we can see, the company appears to be optimistic about this launch. But is it also the start date? It seems that yes! In fact, Greg Coomer outbid by announcing that the teams feel like ” On the right way ».
We’re still disappointed that we had to postpone the console launch from late this year to early next year. But yes, everything indicates that we can ship the Steam Deck in February. – Greg Coomer, designer at chez Valve
Beyond optimism, the company seems ambitious and does not want to get caught up in the carpet when it comes to selling the Steam Deck. Of course, the demand is great, but Valve wants to hold onto it at all costs so it doesn’t fall like a breath.
We’re going to have a launch that seems to attract a significant number of users right off the bat, and then we’re going to increase that number over time, rather than having the biggest bang on day one and then going back. If you extend the schedule to 2022 and 2023, we would expect our number to grow steadily over this period until there are several million customers (…). – Greg Coomer, designer at chez Valve
Even if the company may seem overly optimistic given the current framework, it is doing everything it can to secure its backin particular by consulting with manufacturer partners to ensure that the packaging is not attacked despite the fifty or so “high risk” components, i.e. that it is potentially difficult to obtain.
Valve’s main troubles appear to be behind this and the company has no hesitation in reassuring players who pre-ordered the machine. The situation will continue to be closely monitored, but the deadlines set for February 2022 will be met: an announcement that sounds like an early Christmas present.
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