As we have seen with high-end GPUs, PS5s and many other types of new hardware over the years, product shortages can cause nasty types to be bought in bulk and then resell their supplies to the public. through ridiculous brands.
With Valve’s recently announced Steam Deck opening in pre-order bookings this Friday, we expect PC gamer demand to be high (Gabe Newell said he hopes to sell millions) and lack of supply could be a real possibility. (Remember that Valve’s RV equipment, the index, was not available for ages due to demand massively exceeding supply).
But Valve is taking a few steps to prevent hardware vendors from reserving a large amount of Steam Decks and then reselling them in a bookmark for lost people. Resellers won't be able to simply create a bunch of new Steam accounts and then accumulate a bunch of bookings:
“We are aware of potential unauthorized resellers and, as additional protection to ensure a fair ordering process, we have added the requirement that the server has made a purchase on Steam before June 2021,” says Valve’s FAQ.
Therefore, anyone who massively registers new Steam accounts just to book multiple Steam Decks will have no luck. This particular restriction will only be in effect for 48 hours, but there are a few other rules that will hopefully prevent resellers from accumulating Steam Decks. First, to book a Steam Deck you will have to pay $ 5; that’s not much, but you need to at least tie some kind of payment into the account. And you can only book and order one Steam Deck per customer.
Hopefully, this will prevent people from booking a lot of Steam Decks to sell after a strong branding (and reduce the number of people selling accounts who have booked a Steam Deck, which I guess can happen too).
We'll see how it goes. In the meantime, if you're interested in booking a Steam Deck (just one!) For yourself, here's how it all works:
How to make a Steam Deck reservation?
If you have a Steam account in good condition and have used this account to make a purchase before June 2021, you can book a Steam Deck on Friday, July 16 from 10 a.m. visiting this page on the Steam Deck website.
If you did not use your Steam account to make a purchase before June 2021, you will have to wait an additional 48 hours until Sunday, July 18 to book a Steam Deck.
You will have to pay a $ 5 booking fee to book your Steam Deck. “When you send a reservation, you’ll be put in line,” Valve says. "Once the inventory is available, you will be sent an email in the order in which the reservations were made."
If you want to cancel your reservation, there is no problem. Just visit the same page to cancel. You will be refunded your $ 5 amount depending on the payment method you used if you cancel your reservation within 30 days. After 30 days, the refund will go to the Steam portfolio. Similarly, if you book a Steam Deck and it is available, but you do not do it on time (the time window is not specified), you will be refunded the $ 5 booking fee.
Currently, only customers in the United States, Canada, the European Union, and the United Kingdom can book a Steam Deck. Hopefully that will change in the near future: “Regional availability information expanded soon,” Valve says.
One important thing to keep in mind: any of the three versions of Steam Deck that you book, is the one you will need to order when the time comes. “Once you can place your order, you can only purchase the Steam Deck model you booked,” says Valve.