Valve opens Steam Deck reservations in nations the place handhelds rule

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Valve is increasing Steam Deck shipments to some areas that might take the hand held PC-meets-console to new heights. The corporate simply introduced that reservations at the moment are open in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan by means of Komodo, a website that additionally sells Valve’s Index VR headset for PC amongst different video games and gaming merchandise. For those who go to steamdeck.com in a type of areas, try to be rerouted to Komodo’s website quickly. Valve spokesperson Kaci Aitchison Boyle tells The Verge that the primary batch of latest reservations might be fulfilled later this yr.

Pour one out for our buddies in Australia, although, who’re nonetheless ready on information of a launch after Valve name-dropped the nation throughout its November 2021 developer summit.

Valve credit its latest upswing in manufacturing for making this large growth potential, and it notes that serving these further nations won’t push again supply estimates for many who have already reserved a Deck.

For those who’re in Kyoto this weekend for the annual BitSummit gaming convention, Valve will apparently have some form of presence there with Steam Deck in addition to on the Tokyo Recreation Present in September 2022.

Handheld gaming is standard across the globe however significantly so in locations like Japan through which big swaths of the inhabitants commute out and in of main cities every single day by rail. Whereas entry to Steam is nothing new in these areas, having the choice to buy a reasonably highly effective, well-built, and comparatively compact handheld (whereas big, in comparison with the Nintendo Change) the place they’ll play these PC video games is an enormous deal.

The previous couple of months have delivered plenty of excellent news relating to Deck availability, most prominently which you can reserve one proper now and doubtless get it by the top of the yr. Valve introduced in late June that it might start doubling shipments of the Steam Deck, which in flip might result in many individuals getting their Deck {hardware} sooner than anticipated. And extra not too long ago, in late July, Valve shared that it was ramping up manufacturing to higher meet demand after it had cleared some provide chain points.

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