PC gamers patiently waiting to get their hands on Valve’s handheld gaming PC won’t have to wait much longer, as the company has announced that it will make the Steam Deck available to order on February 25, 2022.
Not only has the company announced that it will start taking orders for the highly anticipated Steam Deck, but it has also announced that the hardware will ship three days later on February 28, 2022. That means if you actually manage to get some order one, you won’t have to wait very long to have the gaming PC in your hands.
Users who have already reserved a Steam Deck will receive an email with an invitation to purchase the device on launch day. They will have 72 hours to order their Steam Deck; otherwise, the invitation will be forwarded to someone on the waiting list.
Also, you can only order the model you originally reserved, so if you’ve changed your mind and decided to go for a cheaper or more expensive model, you won’t be able to do so without losing your place in the queue and start again in the waiting list.
The money you’ve already spent on the reservation will be applied to the final purchase price of the Steam Deck, so it won’t be wasted. However, if you don’t order within the first 72 hours, Valve hasn’t said what will happen to the money you deposit.
If you haven’t reserved a Steam Deck and aren’t already on the waitlist, your chances of getting one right away are zero. Valve said it plans to release new batches of orders every week, but the company didn’t say how many would be available in those additional batches. You can join the waitlist now, but it will take some time before you’re prompted to purchase one.