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The Steam Deck is now available for preorder in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan

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The Steam Deck is now available for preorder in Japan South Korea Hong Kong and Taiwan

Valve is extending Steam Deck shipments to certain locales that could take the handheld PC-meets console to new heights. The organization recently announced that reservations are presently open in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan through Komodo, a site that likewise sells Valve’s Index VR headset for PC among different games and gaming merchandise. In the event that you visit steamdeck.com in one of those areas, you ought to be rerouted to Komodo’s site soon, or you can click here and select your language.

Valve spokesperson Kaci Aitchison Boyle tells that the first batch of new reservations will be fulfilled in the not-so-distant future; a press release adds that shipments will start in Japan, “with additional units planned to ship to customers in Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan in the weeks immediately following.”

Pour one out for our friends in Australia, however, who are as yet looking out for insight about a launch after Valve name-dropped the country during its November 2021 developer summit.

In Japan, the Steam Deck will be valued beginning at 59,800 yen (generally $447), going up to 99,800 yen (generally $746) for the premium 512GB model. In the US, those models cost $400 and $650, respectively. As previously, you just need to pay a tiny refundable sum now to get your reservation: 1,000 yen (around $7.50).

Here are the beginning costs somewhere else, as according by Valve:

  • NT$ 13,380 in Taiwan
  • HK$ 3,288 in Hong Kong
  • KRW 589,000 in Korea
  • Each translates to around $450 USD.

Valve credits its new rise upswing for production this enormous extension conceivable, and it takes note that serving these extra countries won’t push back delivery estimates for the individuals who have previously reserved a Deck.

In the event that you’re in Kyoto this end of the week for the yearly BitSummit gaming conference, Valve will obviously have some kind of presence there with Steam Deck as well as at the Tokyo Game Show in September 2022.

Handheld gaming is famous all over the globe, however, especially in places like Japan in which huge swaths of the populace commute all through significant cities consistently by rail. While access to Steam is the same old thing in these regions, having the choice to buy a modestly strong, well-built, and generally minimized handheld (while immense, contrasted with the Nintendo Switch) where they can play those PC games is a big deal.

The recent months have delivered a ton of good news in regards to Deck accessibility, most prominently that you can reserve one at the present time and presumably get it before the year’s over. Valve announced in late June that it would start doubling shipments of the Steam Deck, which thusly could prompt many individuals to get their Deck hardware sooner than expected. Furthermore, as of late, in late July, Valve shared that it was ramping up production to more readily satisfy needs after it had cleared some store chain issues.

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