Valve announced that it is opening Steam Deck reservations for customers in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
The Seattle, WA-based company works with Komodo for the sale and distribution of of Steam portable consoles of in these areas. In a statement to the Game developerThe Valve said that this new expansion is possible thanks to its recent efforts to increase production of Steam deck.
He also noted that the Steam Deck reservation queue for the new regions "will not affect delivery estimates" for the current North American reservation process, the Europe and the United Kingdom.
Her journey Valve from game developer to digital platform owner to console manufacturer, takes it to new destinations. It also shows that the company is successfully navigating the manufacturing process with greater skill than with previous efforts hardware her.
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Before Steam Deck, Valve tried their hand at Steam consoles with Steam Machines and tried to recreate the gamepad with the Steam Controller. The first product never took off, and the second plummeted in a lawsuit filed by Ironburg Inventions. He later lost against the lawsuit.
Part of the promise of his idea Steam Machine was that other manufacturers could build their own devices that would run on Valve's Steam operating system based on Linux. That idea seems to be making a comeback, as Valve's Steam Deck team said they would welcome other developers to participate.
This prospect may become more appealing as Steam Deck launches in new countries around the world. Different countries have different habits when it comes to purchasing video game consoles, 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 console production and entering new areas of the industry comes in the wake of a global crisis in supply chain which has already affected her Steam Deck business plans. The company had to delay plans for a TV-ready charging base which would be similar to Nintendo Switch docking station.