Valve is increasing Steam Deck shipments to some areas that would take the transportable PC-meets-console to new heights. The corporate simply introduced that pre-orders at the moment are open in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan via Komodo, a website that additionally sells the Valve Index VR headset for PC, amongst different video games and gaming merchandise. In the event you go to steamdeck.com in one among these areas, it’s best to quickly be redirected to the Komodo website, or you may click on right here and choose your language.
Valve spokesperson Kaci Aitchison Boyle says The Verge that the primary batch of recent bookings might be fulfilled later this 12 months; a press launch provides that deliveries will start in Japan, “with further items deliberate to be delivered to prospects in Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan within the coming weeks.”
Pour one out for our buddies in Australia, although, who’re nonetheless ready for information of a launch after Valve identify dropped the nation throughout the November 2021 developer summit.
In Japan, the Steam Deck might be priced beginning at 59,800 yen (about $447), going as much as 99,800 yen (about $746) for the premium 512GB mannequin. Within the US, these fashions value $400 and $650, respectively. As earlier than, you now solely must pay a small refundable quantity to safe your reservation: ¥1,000 (about $7.50).
Listed here are the beginning costs elsewhere, in keeping with Valve:
- NT$13,380 in Taiwan
- $three,288 in Hong Kong
- 589,000 KRW in Korea
Every interprets to about $450.
Valve credit its latest enhance in manufacturing for making this huge enlargement attainable, and notes that serving these further nations is not going to push again transport estimates for many who have already reserved a Deck.
In the event you’re in Kyoto this weekend for the annual BitSummit gaming convention, Valve will apparently have some form of presence there with the Steam Deck, in addition to on the Tokyo Sport Present in September 2022.
Handheld gaming is widespread throughout the globe, however particularly so in locations like Japan, the place enormous swaths of the inhabitants commute to and from main cities every single day by prepare. Whereas entry to Steam is nothing new in these areas, having the choice of buying a reasonably highly effective, well-built, and comparatively compact (although enormous, in comparison with the Nintendo Change) handheld to play these video games on PC is massive enterprise.
The final couple of months have introduced lots of excellent news relating to the supply of the Deck, particularly since you may pre-order one proper now and possibly get it by the top of the 12 months. Valve introduced on the finish of June that it could start doubling Steam Deck shipments, which in flip might result in many individuals getting their Deck hardware before anticipated. And extra just lately, in late July, Valve stated it was ramping up manufacturing to raised meet demand after resolving some provide chain points.
Replace, eight:27 p.m. ET: Added pricing info.