Valve speeds Steam Deck fulfilment up after ‘clearing up’ supply chain issues

According to a recent update from Valve (opens in new tab), the fulfillment of Steam Deck orders is about to accelerate as “Many of the supply chain deficiencies affecting Steam Deck are gradually disappearing.” The company further states that it can “produce more decks faster than ever before”.

It’s unclear which components in the Steam Deck contributed to the production bottleneck, but it’s possible that the recent adoption (opens in new tab) of PCI express 3.0 x2 SSDs in addition to the original PCI express 3.0 x4 drives has helped production. Valve said the higher bandwidth drives were one of the production bottlenecks late last month (opens in new tab).

If you’ve already made your $5 deposit for a deck, that means your order is “firm” in the Q4 (October to December) 2022 delivery window – you’re pretty much guaranteed to get it this year, barring unforeseen catastrophe. All future Deck orders will fill that delivery window, until they eventually carry over to next year. Additionally, some customers previously 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 myself and fellow PC gamer editor Tyler Colp – we’ll remain in obscurity from Deckless until some time 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 good news in this lifetime, especially when it comes to product execution timelines.

I will still take Valve’s model over the new hell of GPU (opens in new tab) and console scalping that we’ve been through over the years. There’s a promise of some sort of fairness here, everyone gets their place in line. The philosopher in me is saying that a little delayed gratification when it comes to our consoles and toys could also do us good. Deck Heck might be building a little character.

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