Steam Deck: How to pre-order the Valve handheld

The most recent piece of hardware from Valve is the Steam Deck, a Nintendo Switch-like portable, the business revealed on Thursday. The console can playing Steam video games on the go and is set for release in December 2021, beginning at $399. If you wish to get one on your own, here’s what the pre-order system will appear like.

To manage orders, Steam is utilizing an appointment system that is set up to open on Friday, July 16th at 1:00 p.m. EDT. When the slots open, you’ll have the ability to schedule among the 3 designs offered for purchase on Steam’s site for a cost of $5. According to the business’s site, one Steam Deck can be scheduled and bought per client.

As with any expected console release, there will likely be high need. In an effort to suppress scalping, Valve stated that it would take an extra preventative measure: If you wish to schedule a console, your Steam account will require to have actually a bought on Steam prior to June 2021. This guideline will remain in location for the very first two days of bookings.

“We are aware of potential unauthorized resellers, and as an additional safeguard to ensure a fair ordering process, we’ve added a requirement that the reserver has made a purchase on Steam prior to June 2021 for the first 48 hours of reservation availability,” Valve stated in an FAQ on the Steam site.

If you’re aiming to buy a Steam Deck, make certain your account fits the requirements prior to trying to register for one throughout that time window!

The extra procedures make good sense considering that it’s been so tough to snag brand-new consoles like the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X. Scalpers typically purchase, and boost rates to ludicrous percentages. It’s ended up being so extreme that searching for a PS5 ended up being a whole subculture itself. All of this has actually been even more strained by slower production due to the pandemic.

If this works, scalpers will have simply another barrier to conquer if they wish to attempt and purchase the consoles for resale.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.