On Oct 12, 2022, Valve launched an up to date model of its well-liked handheld gaming PC, the Steam Deck, with an improved OLED display screen, longer battery life, and different enhancements over the unique.
In response to a current PC Gamer report, many have been frightened that Valve would face comparable stock shortages with the OLED mannequin because it did when the unique Steam Deck launched in February 2022. Nonetheless, Valve appears to have ready adequately for the OLED launch day this time round.
When the unique Steam Deck grew to become obtainable for preorder, inventory offered out inside hours. New orders have been positioned on an in depth reservation listing, with prospects ready months to obtain their gadgets. Valve underestimated the demand, leading to irritating delays for keen prospects.
Luckily, that has not been the case with the Steam Deck OLED. The estimated supply dates for the brand new $549 and $649 fashions nonetheless present solely a 3-5 enterprise day wait. The supply suggests Valve stockpiled models forward of launch to fulfill demand. The cheaper $399 authentic Steam Deck continues to be available for quick supply.
Valve spokesperson Jay Shaw mentioned the corporate hoped to keep away from the earlier provide points. “We’re confidently hoping that the whole lot holds up properly and other people aren’t slipping into reservations for months and months out,” Shaw advised the media earlier this month.
That preparation appears to have paid off on launch day. Aside from minor hiccups with cost processing and an OLED delay in Taiwan, most patrons have reported a clean buying expertise with fast supply estimates.
Valve nonetheless advises they aren’t able to announce a full sequel to the Steam Deck but. For now, the OLED mannequin supplies the perfect Steam Deck expertise obtainable with its beautiful show and refined design.
Photograph by Rafael Guajardo.