When Valve announced it Steam deck yesterday it also revealed a to plan To prevent resellers from making a profit from the limited offer: Everyone who makes a reservation must have purchased on Steam before June 2021. The goal is to make sure no one can create a ton of new Steam accounts and then use them to reserve a large pile of Steam Decks that can later be unloaded at massively inflated prices.
It’s a strategy that might prevent institutional resellers from doing banking, but it’s not a perfect firewall. Steam Deck Reservations went live today and the online auction page Ebay already floats in the “confirmed advance sale” at prices far above cost price. For example, a listing for a 64GB unit has a bid of $ 550 and a “Buy Now” price of $ 750 – almost double the regular price of $ 399. The lowest price I’ve seen for a 512GB device is $ 949; at least one real optimist demands more than twice as much.
The obvious question is: Why do buyers fidget so much on hardware that can’t even be pre-ordered instead of just reserving themselves? It’s possible that some people just have too much money and are willing to spend hundreds of extra dollars to make sure they are among the first to get their hands on a Steam Deck: actual pre-orders are made based on the order in which they are made Reservations offered offered made and shipping dates have already been postponed. 512 GB units are currently not expected to ship until the third quarter of 2022.
The more likely explanation, however, is that Steam Deck reservations are currently only available in the US, UK, EU, and Canada. So if you live in China, Australia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia or anywhere other than the US, UK, EU or Canada, for example, you are out of luck right now – unless that is, you are ready to go annoying someone in these regions to send you one.
Personally, I find it ridiculous to pay so much money for the ability to play your Steam games on a tiny screen with analog sticks and trackpads in places where you could be doing something else anyway, but Valve’s limitations seem to at least continue to exist sell a minimum. And something like this is almost inevitable anyway: In September 2020, Nvidia said it was “do everything humanly possible“to stop reselling RTX 3080 on eBay, and in January 2021 the cards were sold for one price average of $ 1,300 on eBay – 85% above the regular retail price.
We managed to place a few Steam Deck reservations not long after they went live, but many did experienced server errors and other problems. Reservations are still possible, but as already mentioned, the ship dates are always postponed.