Valve Clarifies Steam Deck Pre-Order Status As Fans Report Order Availability Changes

Update: Valve clarified the availability of Steam Deck controls in an email to IGN, stating that users see no delays but “additional specification of when ‘after Q2’ means.” Some users are now reporting a firmer Q3 window while others are saying they will have until “After Q3” after previously being in an “After Q2” spot.

“Reservation holders have always stayed in a queue based on when they booked – we are now able to relay these more specific estimates to the rest of the queue,” said a porter. word of Valve to IGN. “Those who receive ‘after Q3’ see this specification where they already belonged online.”

Valve continues to roll out the Steam Deck, which began shipping on February 28. Some users of the first wave of releases are still waiting for the email that will allow them to order a unit.

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Following the release of Steam Deck last week, many fans are eagerly awaiting the email giving them the green light to order their own unit. Meanwhile, some further down the line are reporting what appears to be a longer wait for Valve’s new handheld unit.

On the Steam Deck subreddit, some users are reporting that their order availability has been pushed back from “Q3 2022” to “After Q3 2022”. Others report that their previously nebulous “After Q2 2022” is now a firmer “Q3 2022”, while some say they have moved from “After Q2” to “After Q3”. It looks like some clients are being pushed back while other users further ahead of them are stuck in a release window.

These reports are corroborated by the experiences of IGN staff, some of whom also had their estimated availability updated to Q3 2022. A Reddit user encouraged users sitting in the “After Q3” window to not not get discouraged, saying the estimate is probably the worst case scenario.

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