The Steam Deck is being produced in larger quantities than Valve expected, and as a result, more people will receive their portable PCs in Q3 – possibly very soon – having been carried over from their previous Q4 release date (October or against).
As Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab) flagged, Lawrence Yang – a designer at Valve who is involved in shipping the Steam Deck – gives us the good news on Twitter.
Hello everyone, some of you may have received an order email for your “fourth quarter window” Steam Deck reservation today. This was not a mistake! Production has exceeded our estimates and we will bring more people from the fourth quarter to the third quarter window. Official announcement and information coming soon. 🎉August 22, 2022
This stems from some people receiving an order email for a reservation in Q4, as Yang notes, clarifying that this is not a mistake and that those on this particular boat will indeed receive their Steam Deck when September ends.
Another tweet explains that the booking windows haven’t been updated yet, but that will happen soon (until tomorrow). And if you lost your order email because you didn’t expect it yet, don’t panic, there is a grace period where you can reinstate the order by filing a support ticket.
So keep an eye on your email inbox if you have a Steam Deck scheduled for Q4 delivery, or you can check your reservation now via official site (opens in new tab).
Analysis: Pre-order queue is shrinking sharply
It’s great news to see that Valve is getting more Steam Deck units than the company thought, and if you’re considering buying now – perhaps having been put off by the long pre-order queue in the past – current orders are set for send in Q4.
If the pace of production continues to pick up, that could mean gamers pre-ordering the gaming portable PC now can get their hardware in November or even October, which isn’t much more than a month away. Valve has previously promised that all reservations (made before August) will be processed by the end of the year, and as 2023 rolls around, we expect to find ourselves in a situation where reservations are no longer needed. (If nothing else changes to disrupt the supply chain and production lines, of course).
It’s worth noting that some people on Twitter complained that they saw their booking shift the other way from Q3 to Q4. But what is apparently the case here is that they have confused an earlier shipping date of ‘after the third quarter’ as ‘in the third quarter’ when that was never the case.
In other words, these units were always intended to ship in Q4 as early as possible, or perhaps later (as technically Q1 2023 is a possibility for orders ‘after Q3’ or any time after Q1). quarter, of course). With the change from ‘after Q3’ to ‘Q4’, this is confirmation that it will be the fourth quarter for sure.