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Valve Says It’s ‘Raising’ Steam Deck Shipments

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It’s Monday and Valve has sent out its next weekly batch of Steam Deck order emails to folks who’ve pre-ordered one of the coveted portable gaming PCs. But if you’re still eagerly awaiting your email, there’s some good news: valve says: it “runs” Steam Deck shipments, sends more emails with orders every week, and “sometimes” plans to send them twice a week.

Valve had hinted at the possibility of a ramp-up. “In production terms [production] will rise very quickly,” said Valve’s Lawrence Yang in an interview in February with IGN† “In the first month – very quickly – we are in the tens of thousands. By the second month, we’ll be in the hundreds of thousands. And it will grow even faster.” Hopefully those estimates are still in line with what we can potentially expect for new unit production.

It is unclear whether the increased production will lead to estimates of orders on the Steam Deck website to go up or if current estimates already reflect the planned slope, and Valve did not immediately respond to a request for clarification. (I’m selfishly wondering this because I’d like to place my estimated Q3 order sooner.)

If you’re lucky enough to pre-order your own Steam Deck, you should know that you might run into some bugs or issues with the device, though Valve is pushing regular updates to fix things. To get an idea of ​​what to expect, check out my colleague Sean Hollister’s review and a month later FAQ.


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