Steam Deck bookings valve opens in nations the place handhelds rule

The valve is expanding Steam Deck shipments to several regions that could take the PC-meets-console handheld to new heights. The company announced that reservations are now open in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan via Komodo, a site that also sells Valve Index VR headset for PC among other games and gaming merchandise. If you visit in one of those regions, you should be redirected to the Komodo site soon, or you can Click here and choose your language.

Associate spokeswoman Kaci Aitchison Boyle tells The Corr that the first batch of new reservations will be fulfilled later this year; A press release states that shipments will begin in Japan, “with additional units planned to ship to customers in Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan in the weeks immediately following.”

However, a heads up to our friends in Australia who are still waiting for news of a launch after Valve left the country as a name during its developer summit in November 2021.

In Japan, the Steam Deck will be priced starting at 59,800 yen (about $447), going up to 99,800 yen (about $746) for the premium 512GB model. In the US, those models cost $400 and $650, respectively. As before, you now only have to pay a tiny refundable amount to make your reservation: ¥1,000 (about $7.50).

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Here are the starting prices elsewhere, according to Valve:

  • NT$13,380 in Taiwan
  • HK$3,288 in Hong Kong
  • KRW 589,000 in Korea

Each is about $450 USD.

shutter he credits the recent increase in production to make this major expansion, and notes that serving these additional countries will not reset delivery estimates for those who have already booked Deck.

If you are in Kyoto this weekend for the annual BitSummit gaming conference, it looks like Valve will have some sort of presence there with Steam Deck as well as at Tokyo Game Show in September 2022.

Handheld gaming is very popular all over the world but especially in places like Japan where large numbers of the population travel in and out of big cities every day by rail. While access to Steam is nothing new in these regions, having the option to buy a relatively powerful, well-built and relatively compact handheld (albeit large, compared to the Nintendo Switch) where they can play those computer games.

The past few months have brought a lot of good news regarding Deck availability, most notably the fact that you can reserve one now and likely receive it by the end of the year. Valve announced in late June that it would start doubling shipments of the Steam Deck, which could mean many people getting their Deck hardware sooner than expected. And later, in late JulyValve shared that it was ramping up production to better meet demand after clearing some supply chain issues.

Update, 8:27PM ET: Added pricing information.

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