Valve’s Steam Deck Handheld Gaming PC Launches February 25

Valve’s Steam Deck is one of the most highly anticipated new hardware releases of 2022. The handheld gaming PC was initially supposed to launch during the closing days of 2021, but Valve announced in early November that it wouldn’t ship until February 2022. Today, Valve was more specific, saying the console will “launch” on Feb 25 at 10 am PST.

We put launch in quotes because Valve defines this date as when it will start sending out the first wave of order emails to customers currently holding a reservation. Once customers receive an order email, they’ll have 72 hours to complete the purchase. If you fail to act within the allotted time, your order will be released to the next person in the queue. Given how amped people are about this release, we don’t think this will be a problem.

After going through the order process, Valve says that the first Steam Decks will ship out to customers beginning February 28. After the initial batch of order emails is sent, Valve says that it expects to continue sending out new weekly batches as it works through the backlog.

Valve Steam Deck

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The company does note that the order emails will be sent to the same address attached to the initial reservation. You also will only be able to order the exact system config that you reserved back in 2021. Finally, your deposit amount taken at the time of the reservation will apply to the full cost of the Steam Deck.