Steam Deck will begin shipping on February 28

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The Steam Deck finally has a solid launch date. Valve announced today that the first batch of order emails will be sent out on February 25. Recipients will have three days to make their purchase, after which their Steam Deck reservations will be passed on to the next person in the queue.

The units themselves will begin shipping three days later, on February 28, and Valve plans to follow up with new order email batches on a weekly basis.

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A few fine points from Valve's announcement:

  • Valve will start sending invites shortly after 10:00 am on February 25th, PST.
  • Order emails are sent in the same order that reservations were made.
  • You can only order the Steam Deck model that you originally reserved.
  • Your reservation deposit will be applied to the final price of Steam Deck, and shipping costs are included.    

Valve also said that the Steam Deck will also start going out to press outlets in short order. Full hardware reviews will go live on February 25, but "some preview coverage and impressions" will be released ahead of that. 

If you haven't placed your order yet, you can do so (or just find out more about the Steam Deck) at

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.