Red Flag or not? Valve has recently publicly announced that the new Steam Deck Console will be delayed
Back in July, Valve announced Steam Deck, dubbed as the ‘Handheld PC Console’. Not to be confused with the Nintendo Switch that was the pioneer of the handheld gaming industry, Valve hopes to achieve the merit of a PC console while marrying it to the benefits of a easy to carry, handheld console that can be played anywhere.
However, there seems to be a hiccup as Valve has announced a delay for Steam Deck; the portable gaming PC will no longer begin shipping at the end of this year as initially planned, and will now start making its way to customers in February 2022.
The launch of Steam Deck will be delayed by two months. We’re sorry about this—we did our best to work around the global supply chain issues, but due to material shortages, components aren’t reaching our manufacturing facilities in time for us to meet our initial launch dates.Information from Official Valve Announcement
Based on this statement, it might not be completely attributed to Valve’s issues, but due to the recovering shipping infrastructure as a result of the pandemic, resulting in different protocols across different regions
There are also suggestions that it may be caused due to the market shortage of chips. Valve and AMD revealed that the custom AMD chip that will be powering the console is called the Aerith SoC, and features a four-core, eight-thread Zen2 CPU and an AMD RDNA 2 GPU. During the conference, Valve and AMD’s close partnership was highlighted, along with the decision to design the chip with consistency in mind, rather than trying to hit high frequencies.