Valve has doubled the production of the steam desk every week according to a recent tweet. Valve also stated that the last batch of Q2 reservations have been sent out and are starting Q3 reservations as of the 30th of this month. So if you are in line look out for that email.
With more reservations being filled, and production picking up there might be a chance of getting your hand on this device before the expected October 2022 deadline. But if you are not included in the Q3 reservations and are waiting until October there is no news officially that this has been moved up. We can all just hope and wait.
Actual sales numbers for the steam deck are unknown. We can assume that they are selling well since out of the last 11 weeks 9 of those weeks the steam deck has been a top seller according to SteamDB. This ranking tracks Revenue and the steam deck cost $399. With the cost of games currently on the list is way below that number. This ranking is slightly skewed to the steam deck’s favor when comparing the number of units sold.
How does the Valve Steam Deck Reserve system work
In case you were wondering about how the steam deck reserve systems work. Valve announced last year that the demand for the portable PC gaming machine would far exceed the capacity that Valve was able to produce. So Valve created a reservation system. Where people will pay a $5 registration fee to be added to a queue. Once a device becomes available to purchase, Valve will send out an email to whoever purchased their reservation to complete the purchase of the steam deck.
Once you do finally receive an email you will only have 3 days to complete the purchase before it moves on to the next customer in line. If you don’t currently have the funds or missed the deadline valve will allow you to apply for an extension. The length of the extension is currently unknown.