The 512GB Steam Deck could also be launching prior to anticipated


One of many Steam Deck pre-orders has seemingly introduced its launch date ahead from Q3 to Q2 2022.

Valve’s upcoming Steam Deck handheld console, which is able to run PC video games straight out of your Steam library, went up for pre-order final week and it seems the anticipated launch date for one of many console’s fashions has already quietly been introduced ahead for an unknown motive.

As noticed by PC Gamer, the Steam Deck preorder web page provides an estimate of its arrival date which is at the moment round Q2 (April – June) of 2022. This estimate has modified a number of occasions for the highest mannequin (512GB) for the reason that pre-orders have been put up, leaping from Q1 2022 (January – March) to Q3 2022 (July – September).

This Q3 estimate for the 512GB mannequin was maintained till yesterday when – to the enjoyment of those that have been fortunate sufficient to preorder the console – it jumped all the way down to Q2 2022, probably decreasing that painful wait time by three months. Each of the opposite mannequin variations, nevertheless (64GB & 256GB) haven’t moved from Q2 2022.

Regardless of solely being introduced simply over per week in the past, the demand for the Steam Deck is extraordinarily excessive. Throughout the pre-order course of, Steam’s servers struggled with the demand as the web site’s connection wasn’t very secure and wouldn’t let many individuals get previous the cost stage, in the event that they managed to even get that far, that’s.

Why is that this console in such excessive demand although? Properly, initially, it has some spectacular specs for a handheld console and, based on the console’s developer Valve, can deal with Steam’s total library it doesn’t matter what model of the console you handle to select up. This explains why Valve President Gabe Newell mentioned that Valve needed to be “very aggressive” on the Steam Deck’s pricing.

Talking of, right here’s what you’ll be taking a look at paying if you happen to ever do handle to put a pre-order for the elusive new handheld. For the smallest (64GB) mannequin, you’ll be taking a look at spending $399/£349. For the one-up mannequin which accommodates 256GB count on to pay $529/£459, and for the mannequin with the largest reminiscence (512GB) you’ll be charged $649/£569 however this model does include a bunch of extras as nicely.

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