Valve has delayed the release of its new machine the Steam Deck until February 2022. The handled PC was due to release in December this year but has been pushed back two months. The veteran developer cites material shortages as a reason for the delay.
“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,” a Valve blog post read.
Steam Deck was announced in July this year, allowing players to play games on the Steam library on the go. Valve confirmed three editions, the base edition (64GB), two more models come stocked with a solid-state drive, including 256GB and 512GB respectively.
Ahead of the launch, Valve is holding a virtual developer event on Friday. The conference is being used to address any concerns developers have surrounding the Deck ahead of its release early next year.
Pre-orders originally went live shortly after the announcement but quickly sold out. Valve currently says more stock will go live “after Q2 2022” (after June 30 2022).