Some of us will take any opportunity to bring our game libraries out of the house, and perhaps the best way to keep your Steam library close at hand is a handheld PC.  Whether the popularity of handheld PCs comes as a result of the lack of desktop silicon available at the moment is hard to say, but Valve’s recent announcement of the Steam Deck was such a hit it’s hard to ignore the trend. In fact, just moments after the $5 reservations went live, the Steam Deck page of the Steam store was so overwhelmed it stopped working.

In the fallout, we’re faced with a sad outlook in terms of Steam Deck availability. New reservations placed for the 64GB Steam Deck won’t ship until early 2022, and as for the two higher-end Steam Deck models, buyers shouldn’t expect to have one in their hands until July 2022 at the earliest.