Valve's new handheld gaming device, the Steam Deck, is doing very well for that company. Many fans continue to be waiting for their opportunity to get hold of one, with reservations returning to 2022.
Those who have been past too far to reserve a Steam Deck to get one throughout the first wave of shipments will likely be glad to hear the most recent update. Steam has announced that confirmation emails are now being sent out to people who pre-ordered having a Q2 release window estimate.
Valve has now sent its first wave of Q2 order confirmations. It seems that production on the Steam Deck is ramping up. Inside a new tweet, Valve says more confirmation emails are being sent than ever before. The confirmation emails, for anybody unaware, is when people who reserved a device will tell you their address and make the ultimate purchase. Only $5 USD is required to hold a spot in line until the system is actually ready to ship. With so many people awaiting one, it's no real problem for Steam if your pre-order is canceled prior to the payment is made, and also the reservation fee is going to be returned, so fans don't need to worry if they're unable to get one now.
According to Valve, these confirmation emails have been sent once per week. Going forward, they may be sent out more often than once each week, inviting more users to make their final purchase. It's an exciting time to be considered a fan of Valve's hardware creations, and while the Steam Deck has experienced some problems since its launch, it seems to be widely appreciated and more apt to be successful for the company than a number of its prior hardware releases, such as the Steam Machine and controllers.
By and large, the reports from media and users of the Steam Deck indicate that the unit has a lot of potential. Windows 11 has become supported on the Steam Deck, and the quantity of verified Steam Deck games continues to increase as Valve experiences its massive gaming catalog. With that being said, though, there has been some issues with games breaking, like Final Fantasy 14 following an update. In addition, some developers have decided to not make their games playable around the Steam Deck, because they feel that it may be utilized to bypass cheat protection.
With Valve already considering the way the Steam Deck could be enhanced, it looks like it's already a large hit for the company. Gamers who are area of the Q2 Steam Deck reservation queue should keep track of their email accounts for confirmation. Hopefully, Steam can meet demand in the near future.