Valve Steam Deck: reservations open at 7 p.m., here’s how to take advantage

If the Steam Deck has been catching your eye since it was announced by Valve, be sure to check the box to reserve your copy. Waitlist registrations begin July 16 at 7 p.m. on the Steam site.

Discreetly announced on June 15, 2021, the Steam Deck will not be available until next December. Reservations for Valve’s handheld console, however, open as of today, Friday, July 16 from 7 p.m. KST.

As a reminder, three versions of the console are available: one with 64 GB of memory sold at 419 euros, a second with 256 GB sold for 549 euros and a third with 512 GB sold for 679 €.

How to register on the waiting list?

To be sure to receive a console as soon as possible, there is only one way: to camp on the Steam reservation page at the beginning of the evening. To subscribe to the waiting list, you will need to be logged into your Steam account and make a first payment of around 5 euros. Once your console is available at the end of the year, Steam will send you an email and you can definitely purchase the Steam Deck.

Be careful though, the reservation process is subject to a few constraints:

  • Only one purchase per person is allowed
  • You will need a Steam account that made a purchase on the platform before June 2021 (for the first 48 hours of booking at least)
  • You will not be able to change models after your reservation
  • You must live in the United States, Canada, Europe or the United Kingdom

If you have any remorse after your reservation, you will be able to cancel it and have the first payment refunded. This will be done either directly on your bank account (if the cancellation occurs within 30 days of booking), or on your Steam wallet (if the 30-day period has been exceeded).

Valve’s imposing portable console // Source: Valve

This funny way of operating is actually a way for Valve to gauge the public’s interest in its console. The company also wants to avoid the traditional rush to pre-orders, by putting everyone on a waiting list and distributing consoles in a drip.

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