Good news for those waiting for the Steam deck (opens in new tab), or who might be in the market for one: Production capacity should now allow Valve to complete all preorders by the end of the year. But there’s also bad news for those waiting for the Steam deck in Canada, as this may not apply to you.
“Our distributors are already processing orders to Canada, so people in the region will see a (very) temporary order email pause,” Valve explained on Twitter. “We’re working on it and optimistic that We can resume sending emails to Canada soon.”
Valve clarified that the suspension is to allow resellers to clear the backlog of paid orders in Canada, and emails and shipments to other regions will not be affected.
As a Canadian resident of PC Gamer, I have to say, this sucks. Hopefully the pause is as short-lived as Valve suggested, and the decks will start flowing tomorrow or next week at the latest, but whatever the duration, that’s the principle of things.Unlike most of the rest of the world, which is separated by vast expanses of water, for us Canadians, the U.S. is actually there. Did you know that 90% of Canadians live in within 100 miles (opens in new tab) US border? It’s there!
Why only us? Why not Ireland or Spain or somewhere else?In the wider world, why does the country with the closest ties to the United States (we share the world’s longest international land border (opens in new tab), you know) must wait? This seems really unfair.
Orders to Canada are already being processed by our distributor, so people in the region will see the (very) temporary suspension order email. We are working on it and are optimistic that we can resume sending emails to Canada soon. This will not affect email or shipping in other regions.September 22, 2022
Regardless, showmanship aside, what’s really interesting about the announcement is that by 2023, anyone who wants a Steam deck can simply buy it off the shelf, so to speak, without having to pre-order and wait around. Inevitably, Valve will eventually complete its backlog, Valve announced earlier this week. (opens in new tab) It has already started fulfilling some Steam Deck shipments that aren’t expected to ship until the fourth quarter.Even so, it’s an impressive turnaround, as just six months ago, Valve couldn’t pinpoint some shipment targets more accurately than “after the second quarter.” (opens in new tab). “
I’ve reached out to Valve to ask if it really wants to start shipping Steam decks directly next year, and if there’s a time frame for the Canadian moratorium, and I’ll update if I hear back.