Steam Deck Email Day is approaching: how Friday’s ‘release’ will work

The Steam Deck officially launches on February 25th, but that doesn’t mean your fiery little hands will be holding one when the big day rolls around. Instead, Valve will start sending out emails to people who have pre-ordered to buy it — the first Steam decks aren’t expected to start shipping until February 28.

Valve has now confirmed this timeline, and it’s more a Release Date Details Update, Valve said the first emails to reservation holders will be sent out at 10 a.m. PT on February 25, when recipients will have 72 hours to complete their purchases. If they don’t, either by canceling or failing to complete the process, their reservation will be sent to the next person in the queue when the clock hits zero.