The Steam tires was unveiled on July 15, and yesterday Valve opened the store so people could pick down five dollars to sign up for the opportunity to buy one. The device lets people play many of their already owned Steam games on the go via the powerful hardware inside the device. The base model starts at $ 400.
During the first hour of July 16, after Valve began accepting these pre-registrations, things collapsed and people ran into error messages and crash servers. But eventually things calmed down, and it became easy to pre-register for a Steam Deck.
Even when things calmed down and with that $ 5 registration fee, none of this has stopped dealers, as the last 24 hours have flooded eBay with offers to buy Steam Decks at great prices, including some asking for as high as $ 2,500.
Many of these listings claim to be pre-sale or pre-order confirmed, saying things like “CONFIRMED ORDER * PRE-SALE Pre-order ship in December. ” Others promise that Steam Deck will ship in December and that the order is locked. To be clear, according to Valve, none of this is true.
If we visit Valve’s Steam Deck FAQ page, You will see a number of helpful answers about the Steam Deck hardware, the release, the buying process and more. The most important answer can be found about halfway down the page:
When can I order?
We aim to send booking invitations by December 2021. We will do our utmost to convert all reservations into bookings, but we cannot guarantee availability.
The answer explains that these handheld PCs will not start shipping in December 2021. Instead, Valve aims to send out purchase invitations that month to people who pre-registered. And while Valve claims that it will do everything to “convert all reservations to orders”, it does not guarantee the availability of Steam Decks. To be clear, even if you put down $ 5 at the time the pre-registrations went live July 16, Valve can not 100% guarantee that you will get your device by the end of the year, or even if you get it at all .
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Compare that information with most eBay retailers which claims otherwise. It’s strange that all of these are still up on the page, as it appears that these are entries with potentially false claims.
Kotaku has contacted eBay about these Steam Deck listings and whether they will remain on the site.
While I understand that many of you out there may feel FOMO after not getting into the madness before pre-registering yesterday, I would love to buy some of these eBay listings and support these dealers. Go instead to Valves website and place your own order. While it may take a long time before you get one, it is a better use of time and money.