On Thursday, Valve released a digital “booklet” about Steam Deck, Steam, and the company itself. Valve says it released the book in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong ahead of Steam Deck’s launch, but the book happens to be coming, too on the six-month anniversary of when Valve sent out the first order emails, allowing people to buy their Vapor Tires.
The 52-page e-book is free, and if you’re at all interested in Valve or Steam Deck, I’d recommend flipping through it. Not only are there a few pages full of Steam deck prototypes, but you can also read about Valve’s ambitions for Steam decks in your own words.
Perhaps the most notable part is Valve’s commitment to Steam Deck and SteamOS as a “multi-generational product line.” Valve has previously referred to Steam Deck as a “multi-generational category,” but the company goes even further with what it prints in the book (and because it’s printed in a book, it’s definitely a lot more official):
In any case, it is a cross-generational product line. Valve will support Steam Deck and SteamOS well into the foreseeable future. We’ll hear from the Steam community about new uses for our hardware that we haven’t thought of yet, and we’ll create new versions that are even more open and powerful than the first Steam Deck version.
After reading it I’m already looking forward to Steam Deck 3, although hopefully the third installment in a specific video game series will come before that.
Valve also shared some interesting numbers about Steam, for example, there are more than 130 million active players on Steam every month and more than 30,000 titles on the platform. And at the time of the book’s publication, more than 4,500 titles have a Verified or Playable designation for the Steam Deck, according to Valve, which means about 15 percent of all games on Steam are already considered at least Playable. ”
Since the first order emails went out in February, Valve has increased its shipping volume, and on Wednesday the company even said some Q4 bookings would be pushed back to Q3. If you make a reservation today, you won’t be able to order your device until sometime in Q4, according to Valve’s website. But at the rate at which things have improved, hopefully it won’t be too long before your order email hits your inbox – and while you wait, Valve has a book for you to read.