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Valve expands Steam Deck reservations to four new countries

Valve has announced that it is opening Steam Deck reservations to customers in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, the company is partnering with Komodo Corporation to sell and distribute its portable Steam consoles in these regions. In a statement to Game Developer, Valve said that this new expansion is possible thanks to its recent efforts to increase Steam Deck production.

He also noted that the reservation queue for the new regions “will not affect delivery estimates” for the current reservation process in North America, Europe and the United Kingdom.

New Destinations for Steam Deck

Valve’s journey 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 more subtly than its previous hardware efforts.

Earlier this decade, Valve tried its hand at Steam-based consoles with Steam Machines, and attempted to reinvent the gamepad with the Steam console. The former product never took off, and the latter was highly critical of a lawsuit brought by Ironburg Inventions. You will lose this status later.

Part of the Steam Machine concept was that other manufacturers would be able to make their own machines that would run Valve’s Linux-based Steam operating system. The concept appears to be back on the table, with Valve’s Steam Deck team saying it would welcome the participation of other manufacturers.

This prospect may become even more attractive as Steam Deck rolls out in new countries around the world. Different countries have different habits when it comes to purchasing a video game console, and Valve’s thinking might be that the Steam Deck platform can be modified to meet different customer needs.

Valve’s success in increasing Steam Deck production and entering new territories comes in the wake of the global supply chain crisis that has already affected its Steam Deck business plans. The company has had to postpone plans for a TV-ready charging base that would be similar to the Nintendo Switch docking station.

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