Steam Deck

Originally published at: https://brian.carnell.com/articles/2021/steam-deck/

On July 15, Valve announced its portable handheld Steam Deck completely out of the blue, with pre-orders beginning July 16. Valve doesn’t publicly release sales information, but SteamDB’s Pavel Djundik estimated that there were 110,000 sold in the first 90 minutes. Certainly, there were enough pre-orders that Steam had lots of issues handling the influx. I was fortunate to get my pre-order made less than an hour after they opened up, and Steam is currently estimating that I’ll be able to actually purchase the device in the first quarter of 2022. Steam Deck Pre-Order Pre-Order System Although Valve did run into some problems because of the volume of orders, the way it did the pre-orders were a model of how other companies should manage these things. Consider the Xbox Series X, which was launched on November 10, 2020. I would love to buy one of these, but Microsoft makes it…