On Oct 12, 2022, Valve launched an up to date model of its standard handheld gaming PC, the Steam Deck, with an improved OLED display, longer battery life, and different enhancements over the unique.
According to a current PC Gamer report, many had been apprehensive that Valve would face related stock shortages with the OLED mannequin because it did when the unique Steam Deck launched in February 2022. However, Valve appears to have ready adequately for the OLED launch day this time round.
When the unique Steam Deck grew to become out there for preorder, inventory bought out inside hours. New orders had been positioned on an intensive reservation listing, with prospects ready months to obtain their gadgets. Valve underestimated the demand, leading to irritating delays for keen prospects.
Fortunately, 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 availability suggests Valve stockpiled models forward of launch to fulfill demand. The cheaper $399 authentic Steam Deck remains to be available for quick supply.
Valve spokesperson Jay Shaw stated the corporate hoped to keep away from the earlier provide points. “We’re confidently hoping that everything holds up well and 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. Apart from minor hiccups with fee processing and an OLED delay in Taiwan, most consumers 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 gives the perfect Steam Deck expertise out there with its beautiful show and refined design.
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