Valve has announced that the Steam Deck is now available to buy without a reservation.
Ever since the Steam Deck launched earlier this year, you’ve needed to reserve a place in a queue to buy one, but Valve has now removed the waiting list, allowing you to order the Steam Deck directly via its online store, with the handheld console shipped to you shortly after.
“Starting today, Steam Deck is available without a reservation,” they said in a tweet. “Order one now, and we’ll ship it to you now.”
BIG NEWS today!
✨ Steam Deck is now available without a reservation! Order one, we’ll ship it to you: https://t.co/uVdBCpJVuX
📺 The Docking Station is available, too! Connect to peripherals and displays in style: https://t.co/QqLoKsvASs
💾 Plus, lots of new software features: pic.twitter.com/64VzQeisuZ
— Steam Deck (@OnDeck) October 6, 2022
“Supply chain issues kept us from producing Steam Decks fast enough to meet demand,” they explained. “But now, even though the rate of reservations keeps growing, we’ve been able to increase our manufacturing volume to meet demand.”
When it comes to existing reservations, Valve assures users that their email is “on its way”. However, it also states that reservations may return.
“We’re doing our best to keep Steam Decks in stock,” they explained. “But there’s always a chance demand will be outside our expectations. If that happens, some models in some regions might temporarily revert back to reservations, while we catch up.”
Back in August, Valve revealed that the Steam Deck was shipping much faster than expected due to production simply outperforming their estimates… and this meant a significant queue reduction. Shortly before this, Valve announced that the supply issues which had plagued the Steam Deck had begun to clear up, allowing the company to increase production.
“Many of the supply chain shortfalls that affect Steam Deck are gradually clearing up, and we’re continuing to ramp production, so we’re able to produce more Decks faster than ever before,” said Valve. Before that, Valve had promised to “double” the number of units it shipped.
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Obviously, this is great news for new customers who may have been put off by the long wait. But there’s more – the official Steam Deck docking station is also available, allowing you to connect your monitors and peripherals, Nintendo Switch style. This was originally supposed to be available to order earlier this year but was delayed in June due to parts shortages and COVID-related closures where it was being manufactured.
Want to read more about the Steam Deck? Check out the console’s early prototypes as well as the most played Steam Deck games of September 2022.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.