eBay Is Already Filled With Steam Deck Scalpers Asking For Way Too Much Money

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Kotaku 17 July, 2021 - 11:25am 40 views

Are steam decks sold out?

All three Steam Deck SKUs are currently available for reservation, though they may not all have the same expected availability for final ordering. As of this moment, the $399 Steam Deck expects orders to be available in Q1 2022. The $529 Steam Deck has already sold out through Q1 for an expected Q2 2022 release. Game RantSteam Deck Reservations for 2021 Sell Out and Early 2022 is Going Quickly

The Steam Deck was revealed on July 15 and yesterday, Valve opened up the store allowing folks to plop down five bucks to register for the opportunity to buy one. The device will allow people to play many of their already-owned Steam games on the go via the powerful hardware inside the device. The base model starts at $400.

For the first hour or so on July 16, after Valve began accepting these pre-registrations, things collapsed and folks ran into error messages and crashing servers. But eventually, things calmed down and it became easy to pre-register for a Steam Deck.

Even as things calmed down and with that $5 registration fee, none of this has stopped resellers, who in the last 24 hours or so have flooded eBay with offers to buy Steam Decks for large prices, including some asking for as high as $2,500.

If we visit Valve’s FAQ page for the Steam Deck, you’ll see a bunch of useful answers about the Steam Deck hardware, release, purchase process, and more. The most important answer can be found about halfway down the page:

We are aiming to start sending order invitations by December 2021. We will make every effort to convert all reservations to orders but we are not able to guarantee availability.

That answer explains that these handheld PCs won’t begin shipping in December 2021. Instead, Valve is aiming to send out purchase invitations that month to folks who pre-registered. And while Valve claims it will do everything to “convert all reservations to orders” it does not “guarantee availability” of Steam Decks. So to be clear, even if you put down $5 the moment pre-registrations went live on July 16, Valve can’t 100% guarantee you’ll get your device by the end of the year or even if you’ll get it at all.

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Compare that information with the vast majority of eBay resellers who claim otherwise. It’s odd that all of these are still up on the site as it would seem these are listings with potentially fraudulent claims.

Kotaku has reached out to eBay about these Steam Deck listings and if they will remain on the site.

While I understand that many of you out there might be feeling FOMO after not getting in on the pre-registration madness yesterday, I’d hold off buying any of these eBay listings and supporting these resellers. Instead, go to Valve’s site and place your own order. While it might be a long wait before you get one, it’s a better use of your time and money.

All their previous hardware had been huge duds like steam link, steam controller people willing to spend that money would be better off just donating some of that cash to a decent charity or something than wash it down the drain to some scalper.

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Steam Deck won’t make Nintendo Switch hardware mistake, says Valve

Tom's Guide 17 July, 2021 - 06:26am

‘Joy-Con drift’ that plagued Nintendo Switch apparently won’t be an issue for Steam Deck

Apparently, Valve has considered this problem when designing the Steam Deck, and was quite clear that reliability was a prime concern when asked about the potential for issues by IGN

 “We've done a ton of testing on reliability, on all fronts really – and all inputs and different environmental factors and all that kind of stuff,” said hardware engineer Yazan Aldehayyat. “I mean, obviously every part will fail at some point, but we think people will be very satisfied and happy with this,” he added.

Designer John Ikeda backed this up, adding that Valve “purposely picked something that we knew the performance of” because “we didn’t want to take a risk on that.”

Of course, nobody wants their hardware to fail, but Valve would actually be in a far worse position than Nintendo if the Steam Deck’s analogue sticks were prone to drifting, or some other kind of controller breakage. 

While the Nintendo Switch lets you simply disconnect a faulty Joy-Con and attach a fresh one in its place, the Steam Deck is a single unit more akin to the Switch Lite: if repairs were required on a stick, the whole unit would need to be shipped back to Valve. Add in the fact that, for now, the Steam Deck is not a mass-market product with plenty of spare parts to go around, and you can see why Valve wanted to ensure this problem was mitigated as much as possible ahead of release.

A more pressing issue for Valve is ensuring complete compatibility with Steam OS and its Proton software. In particular, there’s a concern that games with anti-cheat software currently don’t work via Proton, and that includes big names like Destiny 2, Apex Legends and PUBG.

It’s unsurprising, therefore, that Valve is working hard to fix this problem ahead of units arriving in early adopters’ hands in December. “For Deck, we're vastly improving Proton's game compatibility and support for anti-cheat solutions by working directly with the vendors,” the company writes

Freelance contributor Alan has been writing about tech for over a decade, covering phones, drones and everything in between. Previously Deputy Editor of tech site Alphr, his words are found all over the web and in the occasional magazine too. When not weighing up the pros and cons of the latest smartwatch, you'll probably find him tackling his ever-growing games backlog. Or, more likely, playing Spelunky for the millionth time.

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