according to a Latest update from Valve (opens in new tab), Steam Deck order fulfillment will accelerate as “many of the supply chain deficiencies affecting Steam Deck are gradually being addressed”. The company goes on to state that it is “able to produce more decks faster than ever before”.
It’s unclear what components in the Steam Deck contributed to the production bottleneck, but it’s possible that the recent introduction (opens in new tab) of PCI Express 3.0 x2 SSDs alongside the original PCI Express 3.0 x4 drives has supported production. Valve said the higher bandwidth drives were one of the bottlenecks in production late last month (opens in new tab).
If you’ve already paid your $5 deposit for a deck, that means your order is “firm” in the Q4 (October-December) 2022 delivery window – you’ll pretty much get it this year, barring some unforeseen catastrophe. All future deck orders will fill this delivery window until they eventually roll over into next year. Additionally, some customers who were scheduled to leave Deck Heck “after Q3 2022” have now received their orders expedited and should see their purchase emails before the end of September.
However, the wait continues for me and my fellow PC Gamer editor Tyler Colp – we’re left in deckless oblivion until some point in Q4. Still, it’s nice to have that relative guarantee that we’ll see our new consoles by the end of the year. It’s rare to be surprised by Well News in this life, doubly so when it comes to product fulfillment schedules.
I’ll still take Valve’s model of GPU fresh hell (opens in new tab) and console scalping that we’ve seen over the last few years. A certain fairness is promised here, everyone gets their place in the queue. The philosopher in me would say that a little delayed gratification when it comes to our consoles and toys might do us good, too. Deck Heck could build just a little character.
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