The release of Valve Software’s new portable gaming device, the Steam Deck, has reportedly been delayed. According to GeekWire, the product is now expected to hit stores in February of 2022.
The product delay was first announced by Steam in a November 10th blog post. The organization said the delay comes as a result of the disruption of the global supply chain.
“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,” the blog post reads. “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.”
On July 15th, Valve unveiled the company’s new handheld video game console. The portable gaming device reportedly has a starting price of $399.
The Profit‘s Take:
Worries are starting to creep in. I think there is a small chance that, come October of next year, the Steam Deck still may not be out. Two months seems like a very conservative delay estimate if there are true supply chain issues.