Valve-developed handheld PC Steam Deck has had a successful year with its launch, receiving rave reviews across the board for the portable gaming and hardware. However, the portable handheld/PC hybrid has had trouble keeping up with production and distribution.
Fortunately, with the company slowly figuring out the production problems, it seems they have now started partnering up for launch in other countries. Through a post on Steam Deck’s news page, Valve confirmed that reservation has begun for select Asian countries.
As per the post, the company is partnering up with their long-time collaborator Komodo. Through Komodo, Valve aims to start selling the hardware in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The reservation page is already live, and users in these countries can start ordering later this year. Valve also clarified that reservation queues for the above countries are different from NA/EU/UK regions.
Valve is working with Komodo to set up a booth at the Tokyo Game Show. At the booth, interested people can get hands-on experience with the system.
This news is a curious development. For countries like Japan, handheld gaming is still actively embraced. It is so common that consoles like PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS and Switch thrived in the market. Seeing Valve going the extra mile with the release, means that they might be trying to capture the Asian market.
Hopefully, the launch is successful and that we can see Steam Deck orders in more countries.