Steam Deck Designer Takes Subtle Dig at Xbox and PlayStation While Announcing Good News

Published 12/18/2021, 6:34 AM EST


Gaming enthusiasts will be able to purchase the Steam Deck very soon with the device releasing in February 2022. It’s a moment of joy for the entire gaming community, and especially for fans who have been waiting to get their hands on this portable gaming beast. This handheld gaming PC has been the talk of the gaming community for quite a while now, and everyone’s excited as the release date draws near.

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It is expected that there won’t be any further delay. And also it looks like Steam Deck will dominate Xbox and PlayStation in terms of sales and availability. It’s just less likely that Steam Deck will face any stock shortage, unlike Xbox and PlayStation.

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Steam Deck was originally going to get released in December 2021. But because of the shortage of chips, Valve had to postpone the release to February 2022.

Steam Deck: the good news

On the 17th of December 2021, the officials at Valve showed their optimism about the upcoming launch, where Greg Coomer himself said in an interview with PC Gamer:

“We’re still bummed that we had to move from end of this year to beginning of next. But yeah, all the signs are pointing to us being able to ship in February.”

Plus, there’s also a good chance, as has been mentioned before, that availability won’t be a problem.

It’s a real product launch, so many thousands of people right away are going to receive Decks.”

Good news for people looking to buy the Steam Deck, and bad news for PS/Xbox users.

Who is Greg Coomer?

Some fans might be unfamiliar with Greg Coomer. He’s the product designer at Valve Corporation. To be honest, this announcement is a sign of relief for all the fans around the world. And it looks like for now, at least, Steam Deck is immune to the global chip and semiconductor issue.

Apart from this announcement. Greg also shared that Valve is going to take it steadily in terms of supply and availability. This means that during the time of the launch, the devs will cover a major number of customers. Then the devs will continue to supply Steam Deck in a controlled manner in the coming time span. The reason behind this is not to have a massive launch and then continue to be on a declining graph in terms of supply.

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As of now, Valve corporation has released no details about the number of pre-orders that they’ve received.

The Steam Deck is only available on the official website of Steam.

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Swetabh Shekhar

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Swetabh Shekhar is an eSports author at EssentiallySports and holds a Master's degree in Mass Communication. He has been playing video games since his childhood days and has witnessed the evolution of the gaming industry. GTA, Assassins Creed, Call of Duty, and The Walking Dead are some of his all-time favorites.

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