Valve has announced that it will open Steam Deck pre-orders for customers in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
The Seattle, WA-based company partners with Komodo to sell and distribute its Steam handheld consoles in these areas. In a statement to Game Developer, Valve said that this new expansion is made possible by their recent efforts to increase Steam Deck production.
It also noted that the booking queue for the new regions “will not impact delivery estimates” for the current booking process in North America, Europe and the UK.
New destinations for Steam Deck
Valve’s journey from game developer to digital platform owner to console maker is taking it to new destinations. It also shows that the company is successfully navigating the manufacturing process more dexterously than with its previous hardware efforts.
Earlier in the decade, Valve tried its hand at Steam-based consoles with Steam Machines and attempted to reinvent the gamepad with the Steam Controller. The first product never got off the ground, and the last crashed into a lawsuit filed by Ironburg Inventions. He would later lose that case.
Part of the promise of the Steam Machine concept was that other manufacturers could make their own devices that would run Valve’s Linux-based Steam operating system. That concept appears to be back on the table, as Valve’s Steam Deck team has said it would welcome other manufacturers’ involvement.
That prospect could become more appealing as the Steam Deck rolls out to new countries around the world. Different countries have different habits when it comes to video game console purchases, and Valve’s thinking may be that the Steam Deck platform could be modified to meet different customer needs.
Valve’s success in ramping up Steam Deck production and entering new territories comes in the wake of a global supply chain crisis that has already affected its business plans for Steam Deck. The company had to delay plans for a TV-ready charging dock that would be similar to the Nintendo Switch’s docking station.