Valve says Steam Deck production will ‘be in the hundreds of thousands’ by next month

If you’re in the long line for Valve’s Steam Deck, then designer Lawrence Yan has some positive words of encouragement, mostly regarding how many decks the company is going to produce now that we’ve had an efficient deck launch. Device. Speaking with IGN (across Forbes), he says the company expects the launch to be “very fast” and that hundreds of thousands of decks will roll off the assembly line by the second month.

We’re big fans of the Steam Deck here at PC Gamer, it’s one of the most versatile gaming PCs we’ve ever gotten our hands-on, and its huge potential currently outweighs the not-quite-yet nature of the software. How was it with SteamOS, huh? Our biggest concern, aside from the Stream Deck’s battery life or the noise it makes, is whether Valve is really capable of producing enough to keep up with demand.

“We had to delay for supply chain reasons,” Yang says, “these issues still remain, but we are overcoming them. We believe that the launch will ramp up, in terms of production, it will ramp up very quickly.

“In the first month, very quickly, we will number in the tens of thousands; by the second month, we will be in the hundreds of thousands. And after that, the number will grow even faster.”

It certainly gives us hope that this impressive short-handled laptop can actually find its way into the hands of gamers who want it.

However, even reaching hundreds of thousands of units in the second month and beyond, Gabe himself still feels unable to tell when you can make that impulsive deck purchase and get your hands on the device within the entire shipping time window. Instead of waiting for your place in the queue.

We asked him if he had any idea of ​​when such a quickly satisfied purchase could happen, and he couldn’t say, “No, because demand is high, so it will be a while before we can make them… yet we “caught some again.”

But still, there is good news for those who are making a purchase today or are already in hell after the second quarter of Steam deck reservations.

“After launch,” Yang says, “the post-Q2 timeframe will become more granular and clearer. And we’ll be updating those dates for the people in this window as we go.”

So, once production is properly scaled up, Valve will be in a much better position to estimate how long it will take to fulfill pre-orders and get to your point in the queue.

Who knows, maybe it won’t be as long as you fear?

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