The valve is expanding steam cover shipments to some regions that could take handheld PC meets console to new heights. The company has just announced that reservations are now open in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan through komodo, a site that also sells Valve’s Index VR headset for PCs, among other games and gaming products. if you visit vapordeck.com in one of those regions, you should be redirected to the Komodo site soon, or you can Click here and select your language.
Valvesperson Kaci Aitchison Boyle tells the edge that the first batch of new reserves will be fulfilled by the end of this year; a press release adds that shipments will begin in Japan, “with additional units planned to ship to customers in Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan in the weeks immediately following.”
Serve one up for our friends in Australia, though, who are still waiting for news of a release after Valve dropped the country name. during their November 2021 developer summit.
In Japan, the Steam Deck will start at 59,800 yen (about $447), going up to 99,800 yen (about $746) for the premium 512GB model. In the US, those models are $400 and $650, respectively. Just like before, now you only have to pay a small refundable amount to secure your reservation: 1,000 yen (about $7.50).
Here are the starting prices elsewhere, according to Valve:
- NT$13,380 in Taiwan
- HK$3,288 in Hong Kong
Each one translates to around $450 USD.
valve credits its recent increase in production for making this huge expansion possible, noting that serving these additional countries will not delay delivery estimates for those who have already reserved a Deck.
If you are in Kyoto this weekend for the annual event BitSummit gaming conference, Valve will apparently have some kind of presence there with the Steam Deck, as well as at the Tokyo Game Show in September 2022.
Handheld gaming is popular all over the world, but especially so in places like Japan, where a large part of the population travels in and out of major cities every day by train. While access to Steam is nothing new in these regions, having the option to buy a moderately powerful, well-built, and relatively compact (albeit huge, compared to the Nintendo Switch) handheld where they can play those PC games is a big problem.
The last few months have brought a lot of good news regarding the availability of Decks, mainly that you can reserve one right now and probably get it by the end of the year. Valve announced at the end of June which would start to double Steam Deck shipments, which in turn could lead to many people getting their Deck hardware earlier than anticipated. And more recently, at the end of JulyValve shared that it was ramping up production to better meet demand after it had ironed out some supply chain issues.
Update, 8:27 p.m. ET: Added pricing information.