Yesterday Valve announced the Steam Deck and today reservations went live for those interested in purchasing the PC portable gaming machine. However, if you wanted to reserve a unit today, you had to create a Steam account before June 2021.
The decision for Valve to give this mandate to your Steam account is simple: Valve wanted to contain it Scalper from controlling most of the inventory. That makes sense given a lot of the new gaming gadgets that came out last year, including the RTX 30 Graphics cards, PS5s, and Xbox Series X/S. Consoles. Most of them are sold mainly used online.
Valve told IGN that the creation of the queuing system was meant to alleviate the problems that plagued many of the hottest gaming hardware released last year. the aim was to give the people who actually wanted one less headache Steam deck had a better chance of buying one.
“We believe that such a system should greatly reduce the stress of not knowing if you are getting your hands on a product,” Valve’s Pierre-Loup Griffais told IGN.
While the system helps crank the potential buyers who might be buying a Steam deck to drive up prices on third-party sites like eBay, the company knew there would still be issues with the queue reservation system such as among other mistakes.
“There [are] There will still be challenges, but at least we know that the queue reservation system should make them less frustrating to consumers on the shopping front, “Shreya Liu, Valve’s director of hardware product development, said in an interview with IGN.
Valve’s Steam Deck is slated to hit the market sometime in December. For more information on the Valve handheld, see our practical impressions, as well as a FAQ with the developers. Check out IGN for the remainder of the month for new information on the Steam Deck.
Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.