Valve is expanding Steam Deck shipments to some regions that could take the portable PC meets console to new heights. The company just announced that reservations are now open in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan via Komodo, a site that also sells Valve’s Index VR headset for PC, among other games and gaming merchandise. When you visit steamdeck.com in one of those regions you will be redirected to Komodo’s site shortly. Valve spokesperson Kaci Aitchison Boyle says: The edge that the first set of new reservations will be fulfilled later this year.
Pour one out, though, for our friends in Australia, who are still waiting for news of a launch after Valve named the country at its November 2021 developer summit.
Valve credits the recent production uptick for enabling this major expansion, noting that serving these additional countries will not push delivery estimates for those who have already pre-ordered a Deck.
If you’re in Kyoto this weekend for the annual BitSummit gaming conference, Valve will apparently have some sort of presence there with Steam Deck and at the Tokyo Game Show in September 2022.
Handheld gaming is popular all over the world, but especially in places like Japan, where huge segments of the population commute in and out of major cities by train every day. While access to Steam is nothing new in these regions, the ability to buy a fairly powerful, well-built and relatively compact handheld (albeit huge, compared to the Nintendo Switch) where they can play those PC games is a big deal. .
Over the past few months, we’ve had a lot of good news regarding Deck’s availability, especially that you can preorder one now and probably get it by the end of the year. Valve announced in late June that it would be doubling deliveries of the Steam Deck, which in turn could lead to many people getting their Deck hardware earlier than expected. And more recently, in late July, Valve shared that it was ramping up production to better meet demand after fixing some supply chain issues.