Valve’s Steam Deck handheld gaming PC has been the #2 top grossing production on Steam
for v weeks in a row,
according to SteamDB.
I am vindicated — because that means information technology’s non a flop.
Early estimates suggested over 110,000 people put downward a $5 eolith for the unproven Linux handheld in the first 90 minutes after it went on sale last July, but there was always a chance they’d modify their mind. I figured many would after reading disquisitional reviews like mine! And while I
seen a handful of people in r/SteamDeck reclaim their five bucks… nigh every other sign suggests to me that it’s selling well.
While we don’t have official sales numbers for the Steam Deck, hither is some context that might put things in perspective:
The Steam Deck launched the same week equally
Elden Ring, currently 1 of the most popular games in the world. For four of the past five weeks, the Steam Deck was second only to
in revenue according to SteamDB. But this by week, the Steam Deck sold
True, these are tiptop grossing numbers, not unit sales numbers, so you can’t weigh them the same. At $60 each, information technology takes vii copies of
to match the amount of revenue a single $400 Steam Deck brings in; eleven copies if nosotros’re talking a $650 512GB model. It’s also possible that
saw the bulk of its sales pre-launch and during launch instead of in the weeks since —
preorders did chart back in November and January as well. Simply I dubiety the game’s truly trailed off given the incredible give-and-take-of-mouth that’south been post-obit it since its Feb 24th debut.
Either manner, nosotros’re talking almost a game that had already sold 12 meg copies as of March 16th; where — at least in Europe — almost half of those sales were on PC; and where “PC” effectively means Steam because it’s not on Epic or the Windows Store. Then those #1 and #3 top grossing numbers for
on Steam probably correspond a
If the Steam Deck, at #2, is selling even a sizeable fraction of
while batting abroad everything else relieve
Lego Star Wars,
it’due south going to be real difficult to telephone call the Deck a flop.
#SteamTopSellers for week ending 10 April 2022:
#1 – LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga
#2 – Steam Deck
#3 – ELDEN Band
#iv – LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga
#v – LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Deluxe Edition Preorderhttps://t.co/EdZPLogpMb
— SteamDB (@SteamDB) April 10, 2022
Valve’s Lawrence Yang said in February that the visitor would ramp upwards to produce “hundreds of thousands of units” in its second month, and keep going from there. “If we’re doing this right, nosotros’re going to be selling these in millions of units,” Valve president Gabe Newell told
Are we there withal? Valve hasn’t said, and probably won’t say, having mostly gone dorsum to its traditional quiet manner since the Steam Deck’s launch.
If crowdsourced data can be trusted, it sounds like the Steam Deck’due south sales won’t be tailing off anytime shortly, though. Yes, Valve’s kickoff-come, first-served reservations are currently backed upwardly to “Oct 2022 or later,” and then anyone putting down $v now probably won’t be counted as a buyer for many months.
Simply as well, the r/SteamDeck community has figured out that Valve is all the same working through the get-go
of pre-orders from
the very first solar day
you lot could reserve one: July 16th, 2021. Some queues have been moving faster, just the US only just made it by
hr one, and only with the 64GB model.
In other words, Valve’south Steam Deck has been the #ii meridian grossing product on Steam for five weeks because of
a single day of preorder reservations, and anybody who put down an order since then — heck, almost anyone who made their decision afterwards taking the time to read a few reviews — haven’t however been counted towards that gross.
I pre-ordered i hr and 35 minutes subsequently launch because Valve’due south store was having issues. Unless Valve is playing things fast and loose and counting “reserved” units as already sold, it might exist weeks before my 64GB unit is counted toward the full.
Incidentally, Playtracker.net estimates that 994,000 Steam accounts, give or have 10 percent, have put down a $5 deposit.
At that place’s another reason to recollect the Steam Deck isn’t a flop, though: people are loving it. I know I practice, and my friends and colleagues who lucked out with preorders tell me they experience the same.
I know I said information technology was a mess, because information technology was, but Valve and developers take been cleaning upwards that mess week after week since launch, and it’due south getting better all the time. I’grand mostly playing
correct now, but I haven’t had a crash in a while, and games that didn’t work before are opening upwards — games I complained about similar
Back 4 Blood
Halo: The Master Principal Collection
are either fixed or in the process of getting fixed, even if
Destiny 2’s owners are refusing to bite. I played a bunch of
I hear Amazon’s New Earth might even be working now, though I haven’t yet tried.
Update, April 18th:
The Steam Deck just became
the #1 top seller for the week catastrophe Apr 17th
, leading that chart for the first time since its debut.