Steam Deck is not a flop

Valve’s Steam Deck gaming laptop was the No. 2 highest-grossing product on Steam for five consecutive weeks, According to SteamDB.

I’m justified – because that means it’s not a failure.

Initial estimates are that more than 110,000 people deposited $5 for an uninstalled Linux machine in the first 90 minutes after it went on sale last July, but there was always a chance they might change their mind. I thought many would after reading critical reviews like mine! And while I You have I’ve seen a bunch of folks at r/SteamDeck redeeming five bucks…just about every other sign suggests to me it’s selling well.

While there are no official sales figures for Steam Deck, here’s some context that might set the record straight:

Elden Ring banner art, depicting a knight beneath some glowing rings of fire.

Elden Ring is context.

Steam Deck launched the same week as the launch elden ringCurrently one of the most popular games in the world. For four of the past five weeks, Steam Deck has been second only to elden ring In revenue according to SteamDB. But last week, Steam Deck sold out better from elden ring.

True, these are the highest gross profit numbers, not unit sales numbers, so you can’t weigh them as much. At $60 each, it takes 7 copies of elden ring To match the amount of revenue a single Steam Deck brings in at $400; 11 copies if we are talking about the 512 GB model worth $ 650. It is also possible that elden ring It saw the bulk of its pre-launch sales and during the launch rather than the weeks after – elden ring Pre-orders are planned for November and January as well. But I doubt the game is really delayed given the amazing word of mouth it’s been following since its debut on February 24th.

Either way, we’re talking about a game that has already sold 12 million copies As of March 16; where – at least in Europe – nearly half of those sales were on PCs; And where “PC” effectively means Steam because it’s not on the Epic or the Windows Store. So these numbers #1 and #3 are the highest gross profit numbers for elden ring Probably represented on Steam a file Much from copies.

If Steam Deck, in second place, even sells a large portion of elden ring While hitting everything else except lego star wars, It would be hard to describe the deck as a flop.

Valve’s Lawrence Yang said in February that the company would ramp up production of “hundreds of thousands of units” in its second month, and continue to operate from there. “If we do this right, we will sell them in the millions,” Valve President Gabe Newell said. IGN last July.

Have we arrived? Valve hasn’t said, and probably won’t, having mostly gone back to the traditional Quiet mode since the launch of Steam Deck.

If crowdsourcing data can be trusted, it looks like Steam Deck sales aren’t going down any time soon. Yes, first-come-first-served Valve reservations are currently backed up until “October 2022 or later”, so it’s possible that anyone discounting $5 now won’t count as a multi-month buyer.

But also, the r/SteamDeck community found out that Valve is still running through the first fifteen minutes From pre-orders from First day You can book one: July 16, 2021. Some queues were moving faster, but only the United States passed them One hourand only with the 64 GB model.

In other words, Valve’s Steam Deck was the #2 highest-grossing product on Steam for five weeks due to 1 day from pre-bookingand anyone who has applied since — well, almost anyone who made up their mind after taking the time to read some reviews — has yet to count toward that total.

I pre-ordered 1 hour and 35 minutes after launch because the Valve Store was having issues. Unless Valve is running things fast and loosely and counting the “reserved” units as already sold, it could be weeks before my 64GB unit counts toward the total.

By the way, Playtracker.net estimates that 994 thousand accounts on Steam, plus or minus 10 percent, made a deposit of $5.

There’s another reason to believe Steam Deck isn’t a failure: people love it. I know I do, and friends and colleagues who have been lucky with pre-orders tell me they feel the same.

I know I said it was a mess, because it was, but Valve and the developers have been cleaning up this mess week after week since launch, and it’s getting better all the time. I play mostly elden ring And Vampire survivors Right now, but I haven’t had a crash in a while, and games that didn’t work before – games I’ve complained about are unlocking like back 4 blood And Halo: The Master Chief Collection And duck game It is either stable or in the process of repairing, even if It is an electronic game And Destiny 2′S owners refuse to bite. played a bunch of duck game Last night.

I heard that Amazon New World might work now, though I haven’t tried yet.