Sunday, December 5, 2021

Valve’s Steam Deck Handheld Delayed by Chip Drought

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Valve’s Steam Deck, its handheld gaming device, has been delayed by two months due to the chip shortage.

“We’re sorry – we’ve done our best to circumvent global supply chain issues, but due to material shortages, components are not reaching our manufacturing facilities in time to meet our initial launch dates,” Valve said in a blog post.

The company estimates the deck will ship to customers starting February 2022, with those who reserved their gadget being most likely to get it first.

“While we did our best to address global supply chain issues (i.e. we allocated extra time to address these risks and worked with multiple component vendors), our manufacturing plans were still affected,” the video game company said in its FAQ.

“Material shortages and delays meant that the components did not arrive at our production facilities on time. Missing parts together with logistical challenges mean delayed steam decks, so we had to postpone shipping. “

The chip shortage has affected numerous industries, including Steam’s gaming competitors like Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo – with the Japanese maker of the Switch handheld warning that it would ship fewer devices due to the problems.

“The widespread effects of Covid-19 and global semiconductor shortages create a state of lingering uncertainty with the potential for future effects on manufacturing and shipping,” Nintendo said.

The PlayStation 5 has been in short supply for the past few months and it is expected to get worse.

The company had aimed to manufacture 16 million PlayStation 5s between April 2021 and March 2022, but now expects only 15 million, according to a new report. Microsoft’s pliability of the Xbox Series X has had similar issues, despite the company saying it shipped more consoles than expected.

Apple also reportedly expects to sell 10 million fewer iPhone 13 models.

In total, the shortage hit around 169 different industries this year, including concrete mixers, home appliances, and automakers.

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