A while back, Valve promised to boost the Steam Deck shipments this quarter, and based on the gaming company’s latest report, it looks like their efforts are paying off. If you’re on the waitlist, you’ll still have to wait a long time, but those already in line may receive their coveted order emails a little sooner.
Valve Doubles Steam Deck Shipments – Here’s Why It Matters
Valve said it had doubled the number of Steam Decks it ships to customers waiting on the waitlist. “Production has picked up, and after today we’ll be shipping more than double the number of Steam Decks every week!” Valve said from the Steam Deck Twitter account. So this means that if x units/week were shipped to customers in previous weeks, it would increase to 2x/week from next week.
According to a tweet from Valve, the final Q2 emails have been delivered, and on June 30th, the company will distribute Q3 reservation emails. You only have 72 hours to finish the deal if you’re one of the fortunate ones to receive the email, so double-check your delivery address and payment details now.
Hello! Some great news on the production front. We just sent the last batch of Q2 emails, and we’ll start sending Q3 reservation emails on the 30th.
Production has picked up, and after today we'll be shipping more than double the number of Steam Decks every week! pic.twitter.com/kAHE0zRrV7
— Steam Deck (@OnDeck) June 27, 2022
The initial demand for Valve’s handheld gaming PC was so great that the company couldn’t keep up. For instance, customers might reserve the console in March, with delivery possible no early than October of the current year. And now, those who order the console will receive it no earlier than October. The company’s move to speed up the device’s production, however, suggests that Valve could be able to complete all open orders earlier than expected.
According to SteamDB, Steam Deck has been at the top of the Steam rankings for nine of the past 11 weeks. This ranking tracks the bestsellers by revenue, and we must consider that the Steam Deck starts at $399. So a Steam Deck order can equal a lot of game sales. Nevertheless, the list of top sellers by revenue shows a sizable demand for portable gaming PCs from Valve.