Valve is expanding Steam Deck shipments to some areas that can take your handheld PC and console to new heights. The company just announced that reservations are now open in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan through Komodo, a site that also sells Valve’s Index VR headset for PC among other games and game merchandise. If you visit steamdeck.com in one of those areas, you should be redirected to the Komodo site soon, or you can click here and select your language.
Valve spokesperson, Kaci Aitchison Boyle . says the edge that the first batch of new bookings will be fulfilled later this year; A press release adds that shipments will begin in Japan, “with additional units planned to be shipped to customers in Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan in the immediately following weeks.”
Cast one for our friends in Australia, though, who are still waiting for launch news after the Valve name dropped the country during a developer summit in November 2021.
In Japan, Steam Deck will start at 59,800 yen (about $447), going up to 99,800 yen (about $746) for the 512GB premium model. In the United States, these models cost $400 and $650, respectively. As before, you only need to pay a small amount now refundable to secure your reservation: 1,000 yen (about $7.50).
Here are the starting prices elsewhere, according to Valve:
- 13,380 new Taiwan dollars in Taiwan
- 3,288 Hong Kong dollars in Hong Kong
- 589,000 KRW in Korea
Each translates to about $450 USD.
Valve credits the recent surge in production for making this major expansion possible, and notes that servicing these additional countries won’t delay delivery estimates for those who’ve already booked a set.
If you’re in Kyoto this weekend for the annual BitSummit Games Conference, it’s clear that Valve will have some sort of presence there with Steam Deck as well as at the Tokyo Game Show in September 2022.
Handheld games are popular all over the world, but especially in places like Japan where a large number of residents commute to and from major cities every day by rail. While access to Steam is nothing new in these areas, having the option to purchase a moderately powerful, well-designed and relatively compact (though bulky, compared to a Nintendo Switch) portable device where they can play these PC games is a big deal.
The past couple of months have provided a lot of good news regarding the availability of Deck, most notably that you can book one now and possibly have it by the end of the year. Valve announced in late June that it will begin doubling shipments of Steam Deck, which in turn could lead to many more people getting their decks sooner than expected. Most recently, in late July, Valve said it was ramping up production to better meet demand after it cleared up some supply chain issues.
Update, 8:27 PM ET: Added pricing information.