Valve has partnered with Komodo for Steam distribution in four new countries: Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. These new bookings will not impact existing NA/UK/EU booking deadlines. So if you’re in Q3 or Q4, you’ll still be in those queue groups with the same estimated delivery dates. You can expect to see Steam Deck at BitSummit in Kyoto and Tokyo Game Show in September.
In other Steam Deck news, the latest device update, version 3.3, warns users of excessive heat and cold affecting the unit, which may impact performance. Officially, Valve has warned Steam Deck owners that the optimum temperature for the unit is between 0-35°C/32-95°F. Beyond those numbers, performance will be limited, as the internal AMD APU chip runs hot to begin with.
And since we’re talking about laptops with big screens, let’s talk about the Switch.
Nintendo likely won’t announce any new hardware or the long-talked-about Switch Pro console this year, a new report has revealed. According to a new report from Nikkei, Nintendo is currently focused entirely on building Switch consoles with the components it has been able to secure and aims to ship 21 million Switch units in the fiscal year ending March 2023. Due in part to the ongoing shortage of semiconductors, Switch sales fell 22.9% this year from the prior year. The system has always been a successful product for Nintendo, and lifetime sales currently sit at 111.08 million units.