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There’s excellent news for folks ready for a Steam Deck, or who is perhaps out there for one: Production capability is now at a degree that ought to permit Valve to meet all reservations by the top of the yr. But there’s additionally unhealthy information for folks ready for a Steam Deck in Canada as a result of, nicely, which may not apply to you.

“Our distributor has hit a processing backlog for orders to Canada, so folks in this region will see a (very) temporary pause on order emails,” Valve defined on Twitter. “We’re working on it, and are optimistic we can resume emails to Canada soon.”

Valve clarified that the pause is to allow the distributor to get by the backlog of paid orders in Canada, and that emails and shipments in different areas won’t be impacted.

As PC Gamer’s resident Canadian, I’ve to say that, nicely, this sucks. Hopefully the pause is as transient as Valve suggests, and the Decks will begin flowing tomorrow or perhaps subsequent week on the newest, however whatever the period, it is the precept of the factor. Unlike a lot of the remainder of the world, which is separated from it by giant our bodies of water, for us in Canada the US is actually right there. Did you already know that 90% of Canadians reside inside 100 miles of the US border? It’s right there! And but, borders, man.

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Performative outrage apart, what’s actually attention-grabbing in regards to the announcement is the implication that by 2023, anybody who desires a Steam Deck will be capable of merely buy one off the shelf, so to talk, with out having to horse round with reservations and waits. It was inevitable that Valve would finally work by the backlog, and Valve introduced earlier this week that it had begun fulfilling some Steam Deck shipments that weren’t anticipated to exit till This fall. Even so, that is a powerful turnaround provided that simply six months in the past Valve could not nail down some cargo targets with any higher accuracy than “after Q2.”

I’ve reached out to Valve to ask if it does in reality anticipate to begin transport Steam Decks instantly subsequent yr, and if there is a time-frame for the Canadian pause, and can update if I obtain a reply.