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Steam Deck rockets past 75,000 reservations in first hour in the US

The Steam Deck has been rather well received in the PC gaming space. (Source: Valve)
The Steam Deck has been rather well received in the PC gaming space. (Source: Valve)
Valve's recently announced handheld gaming PCs have received over 75,000 reservations across all variants within just the first hour of reservation opening in the United States alone. Delivery dates have also started to get pushed out to Q2 2022 for new reservations.

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Valve's product page for the Steam Deck went down numerous times following the opening of reservations for the new handheld, seemingly due to the sheer number of excited customers trying to get one of those reservations. Based on some unofficial, internal data that appears to have been inadvertently shared through the Steam store API, we may know roughly how many reservations have been made.

In just the first 30 minutes, 40,000 reservations for the 512 GB variant had already been made. This number trickled up to 52,000 over the next 30 minutes or so, with the 256 GB variant receiving roughly 26,000 reservations. Data on the 64 GB variant wasn't immediately available, but it's likely the total between all three would more than exceed 75,000 reservations in the United States alone. This number could be way higher globally, but official information isn't currently available. 

The part of the website this data was retrieved from is no longer available, so, unfortunately, there isn't a way to verify this information or continue to check the latest amount of reservations made. If Valve makes this data available again, it can be retrieved via this link if you're logged into Steam in your web browser.

It appears that the earliest customers don't currently have a shipment date estimate on the Steam Deck store page. This might indicate that your order is part of the initial batch due in December of this year, but it isn't immediately clear. For those slightly later to the party, the shipment dates currently seem to vary between Q1 2022 and Q2 2022, depending on when you completed your reservation order.

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An order created late into the reservation window with a shipping estimate.
An order created late into the reservation window with a shipping estimate.
An order created just as the window opened with no shipping estimate.
An order created just as the window opened with no shipping estimate.
The old data the reservation endpoint used to show. (Captured 37 mins into reservation window)
The old data the reservation endpoint used to show. (Captured 37 mins into reservation window)
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Loki Rautio, 2021-07-16 (Update: 2021-07-16)