Steam Deck: Should we fear a new postponement for Valve’s “PC Switch”? The company responds!

News hardware Steam Deck: Should we fear a new postponement for Valve’s “PC Switch”? The company responds!

Originally slated for release this month, Valve finally announced last November that the handheld console’s arrival would take longer than expected due to component shortages. Now set for launch in February 2022, will the Steam Deck honor this second date? The company talked about it recently.

Many were waiting for it with great impatience but we had to decide: the current situation, which threatens the good production of our videogame media, has not allowed the arrival of the Steam Deck by the end of 2021.. Too bad, 2022 will be his year: the company unveiled, two weeks ago, the packaging of its portable console as well as the rendering of the final prototype!

If everything seems to have returned to normal on Valve’s side, a question continues to burn the lips of the players who managed to pre-order the competitor of the Switch : Will the delivery of the Steam Deck be delayed again? The question is legitimate as production has slowed down and Gabe Newell’s company has therefore decided to clarify now.

February still in sight?

In some time, Valve will experience an unusual product launch as Steam Deck, announced in the summer of 2021, has been emulated and generated a large number of pre-orders. When asked about the subject, Greg Coomer, designer at Valve, said he is aware of the question.

It’s a real product launch, so thousands of people will get the consoles as soon as we are able to ship them. But even talking about thousands would be quite small compared to the volumes we aim for in the first few months. – Greg Coomer, designer of Valve

We understand that the company seems optimistic about this launch. But is it also on the launch date? It seems so! In fact, Greg Coomer went a step further by announcing that the teams have the feeling of being ” on the right track “.

We are still disappointed that we had to postpone the launch of the console from the end of this year to the beginning of the next. But yes, all signs indicate that we will be able to ship the Steam Deck in February. – Greg Coomer, designer of Valve

Ambitious growth

Beyond the optimism, the company appears to be ambitious and does not intend to stumble on the carpet when it comes to the distribution of the Steam Deck. Certainly the demand is strong but Valve wants to keep it at all costs so that it does not fall like a soufflé.

We will do a launch that appears to get a significant number of users from the start, and then we will increase that number over time, rather than having the most success on the first day and then decreasing. If you extend the timeline into 2022 and into 2023, we expect our numbers to grow steadily during that time, until there are several million customers (…). – Greg Coomer, designer of Valve

Although the company may seem overly optimistic given the current conditions, they are doing their best to cover their particular by investigating with manufacturing partners to ensure that production does not suffer damage despite the fifty or so “high risk” components, that is, potentially difficult to find.

Valve’s main difficulties seem to be behind us and the company does not hesitate to reassure the players who have pre-ordered the machine. The situation remains under close surveillance but the deadlines, set for February 2022, will be met: an announcement that sounds like an early Christmas present.

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