Customers will begin receiving invites “shortly after 10 a.m. PT” on February 25 and will have three days, or 72 hours, from the time they receive their order email to complete their purchase, according to a blog post from the company. If a person does not place an order at this time, the person who is next in line will be given the opportunity to do so.
Valve hopes to send out emails for orders in batches once a week, according to the company.
Order emails will be sent out in the same order as reservation emails, and Valve will only allow you to order the Steam Deck model that you originally reserved if you have already done so in the previous step. During the checkout process, the initial reservation deposit will be applied to the final price of the Steam Deck as well.
Steam Deck was originally scheduled to ship at the end of 2021, but Valve announced that despite its best efforts, the global chip shortage had affected them as well, and the shipping window had been pushed back to the first quarter of 2022.
A handheld PC gaming device, the Steam Deck is Valve’s take on the concept, and it should be capable of running your Steam library on the go. The Steam Deck will have some games that are better optimized for the device, and a new version of the Steam OS will be used on the portable device.
There are three different models available for purchase, each with 64GB of eMMC storage, 256GB of NVMe SSD storage, and 512GB of NVMe SSD storage.