The valve expands Steam deck shipments to some regions, which could take handheld-meets-console to new heights. The company just announced that reservations are now open in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan Komodo, a site that also sells Valve’s Index VR headset for PC, among other games and gaming merchandise. If you visit steamdeck.com In one of those regions, you should be redirected to the Komodo website shortly, or you can click here and select your language.
Valve’s Kaci Aitchison Boyle says The Verge that the first batch of new reservations will be fulfilled later this year; The press release adds that shipments will begin in Japan, with “additional devices scheduled to ship to customers in Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan in the coming weeks.”
But throw one out to our friends in Australia, who are still waiting for news on the launch after the Valve name dropped the country. in 2021 in November at the developer summit.
In Japan, the Steam Deck will start at ¥59,800 (roughly $447) and go up to ¥99,800 (roughly $746) for the top-of-the-line 512GB model. In the US, those models cost $400 and $650, respectively. As before, you now only have to pay a small refundable amount to secure your reservation: ¥1,000 (about $7.50).
Here are the starting prices elsewhere, according to Valve:
- NT$13,380 in Taiwan
- HK$3,288 in Hong Kong
- KRW 589,000 in Korea
They cost about $450 each.
Valve credits the recent uptick in production for making this major expansion possible and notes that service to these additional countries will not cancel shipping estimates for those who have already reserved the deck.
If you are in Kyoto this weekend every year BitSummit gaming conference, Valve will likely be present with Steam Deck, as well as the Tokyo Game Show in 2022. in September.
Handheld games are popular all over the world, but especially so in places like Japan, where huge populations commute by rail to and from major cities every day. While access to Steam isn’t new in these regions, being able to get a moderately powerful, well-built, and relatively compact handheld (albeit huge compared to the Nintendo Switch) to play those PC games on is a big deal.
There’s been a lot of good news regarding the deck’s availability over the past few months, most notably the fact that you can reserve one now and probably receive it by the end of the year. Valve announced in late June that it will begin to double Steam Deck shipments, which in turn could lead to many people getting their Deck hardware earlier than expected. And most recently, at the end of JulyValve has shared that it has resolved some supply chain issues and that it has ramped up production to better meet demand.
Update, 8:27 p.m. ET: Added pricing information.