Intel may be planning to buy one of the world’s biggest semiconductor manufacturers. Xiaomi overtook Apple to become the world’s second biggest smartphone company (in terms of shipments) last quarter, behind Samsung. And Valve’s Steam Deck handheld gaming computer is now up for pre-order for $399 and up… if you can get your order to go through.

Read the replies to Valve’s announcement on Twitter and you’ll find story after story about people running into trouble with Valve’s website. The good news is that at least some people have been able to place orders. But many have not. Hopefully the company will work the kinks out before it’s time to ship the Steam Deck in December.

The loading screen I see when trying to login to my Steam account today

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  1. They were, in fact, able to take orders later but my reservation is estimated to ship in Q3 2022. They were definitely not ready for this. Good thing I have my Win Max to tide me over.

    1. Oh wow. It’s pushed off to a year now for newer pre-orders. Too bad these kinds of estimates are often off and usually they move in the direction of being later rather than earlier.

      I wonder how much buffer Valve gave themselves with these estimates.

  2. I wouldn’t call over 110k in the first couple of hours “some”. Actually compared to Onexplayer campaign which barely attracted over 2k buyers, I think this is a very successful pre-order especially that this is a niche market.

    1. Yeah, those companies were made irrelevant overnight. This is the perfectly based APU for 720P. One, no one should ever need more than four cores of Zen 2 to do that. Two, it has Navi 2, at double the performance per watt and with 5500 MHz of dual channel LPDDR5, meaning 30 to over 100% higher bandwidth than the competition. People are estimating GTX 1050 performance here, well above Intel’s Xe and AMD’s own Ryzen 5000 series Vega 8, which are more equivalent to a GT 1030. They may have inadvertently tested the waters for Valve who profited from their weather balloons. But now that the top predator Valve is descending onto the forest floor, they are all going to get wiped out.