The valve expands steam bridge shipments to certain regions that could take laptop meets console to new heights. The company has 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 products. If you visit steamdeck.com in one of these regions, you should soon be redirected to the Komodo site, or you can Click here and select your language.
Valve spokesperson Kaci Aitchison Boyle says The edge that the first batch of new bookings will be filled later this year; a press release adds that shipments will begin in Japan, “with additional units scheduled to ship to customers in Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan in the coming weeks.”
Pour one for our friends in Australia, who are still awaiting news of a launch after Valve ditched the country. at its November 2021 Developer Summit.
In Japan, the Steam Deck will start at 59,800 yen (approx. $447), going up to 99,800 yen (approx. $746) for the premium 512 GB model. $ and $650. As before, you only need to pay a small refundable amount now 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
- 589,000 KRW in Korea
Each translates to around US$450.
Valve credits his recent resumption of production for making this great expansion possible, and he notes that servicing these additional countries will not push back delivery estimates for those who have already reserved a Deck.
If you are in Kyoto this weekend for the annual meeting BitSummit gaming conference, Valve will apparently have some sort of presence there with Steam Deck as well as at the Tokyo Game Show in September 2022.
Handheld games are popular around the world, but especially so in places like Japan, where huge swaths of the population travel to and from major cities by train every day. While access to Steam is nothing new in these regions, having the option of purchasing a moderately powerful, well-built, and relatively compact (albeit huge, compared to the Nintendo Switch) handheld where they can play to these PC games is a big deal.
The last two months have brought a lot of good news regarding Deck availability, including that you can reserve one now and probably get it by the end of the year. Valve announced end of June that it would start doubling Steam Deck shipments, which could lead to many people getting their Deck gear sooner than expected. And more recently, at the end of JulyValve said it was ramping up production to better meet demand after addressing some supply chain issues.
Update, 8:27 p.m. ET: Added pricing information.