valve steam deck Handheld gaming PC is the top-selling product on Steam five weeks in a row according to SteamDB.
i am confirmed – because that means it’s not a flop.
Early estimates suggested over 110,000 people post a deposit of $5 for the unproven Linux handheld within the first 90 minutes of going on sale last July, but there was always a chance they would change their minds. I thought many would after that Reading critical reviews like mine! And while I to have saw a handful of people in r/Steam Deck reclaim their five bucks…almost every other sign suggests it’s selling well.
While we don’t have official sales numbers for the Steam Deck, here’s some context that might put things into perspective:
The Steam Deck launched the same week as elden ring, currently one of the most popular games in the world. In four of the last five weeks, the Steam Deck has been in second place elden ring in sales according to SteamDB. But last week the Steam Deck sold better as elden ring.
True, these are top earnings numbers, not unit numbers, so you can’t weight them equally. 7 copies are required for each $60 elden ring to match the revenue generated by a single $400 Steam deck; 11 copies if we’re talking about a $650 512GB model. That is also possible elden ring saw the majority of its sales pre-launch and during launch rather than in the weeks since – elden ring Pre-orders went back in November and January also. But I doubt the game has really let up given the incredible word of mouth it’s been following since its debut on February 24th.
In any case, we are talking about a game that has already sold 12 million copies from March 16th; where — at least in Europe — Almost half of those sales were made on PC; and where “PC” effectively means Steam because it’s not available on Epic or the Windows Store. So these #1 and #3 top-grossing numbers for elden ring on Steam probably represent one much of copies.
If the #2 Steam Deck even sells a sizable fraction of that elden ring while everything else is thrown away Lego Star Wars, It’s going to be really hard to call the deck a flop.
#SteamTopSeller for the week ending April 10, 2022:
#1 – LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga
#2 – Steam Deck
#3 – ELDEN RING
#4 – LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga
#5 – Pre-order LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Deluxe Editionhttps://t.co/EdZPLogpMb
— SteamDB (@SteamDB) April 10, 2022
That’s what Lawrence Yang of Valve said in February that the company would ramp up to produce “hundreds of thousands of units.” in its second month, and go from there. “If we get this right, we’re going to sell these in millions of units,” said Valve President Gabe Newell told IGN last July.
Are we already there? Valve hasn’t said it and probably won’t say it, having mostly gone back to its traditional dormant mode since the Steam Deck launched.
However, based on crowdsourced data, it sounds like sales of the Steam deck aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Yes Valves First come first serve are currently secured until “October 2022 or later,” so anyone who deposits $5 now will likely not be counted as a buyer for many months.
But also, the r/SteamDeck community found out that Valve is still working through the first one Fifteen minutes of pre-orders from the very first day You could reserve one: July 16, 2021. Some queues have been moving faster, but the US just barely made it hour oneand only with the 64GB model.
In other words, Valve’s Steam Deck has been the top-selling product on Steam for five weeks because a single day of pre-order reservationsand everyone who’s placed an order since—hell, almost everyone who made their decision after taking the time to read a few reviews—hasn’t counted towards that gross yet.
I pre-ordered 1 hour and 35 minutes after launch because Valve’s store had problems. Unless Valve plays things fast and easy and counts “reserved” units as already sold, it could take weeks for my 64GB unit to count towards the total.
By the way Playtracker.net estimates that 994,000 Steam accountsgive or take 10 percent, you have made a $5 deposit.
However, there’s another reason to think the Steam Deck won’t be a flop: people love it. I know I do, and my friends and colleagues who have had good luck pre-ordering tell me they feel the same way.
I know I said it was a mess because it was…but Valve and the developers have cleaned up this mess week after week since launch, and that’s it keep getting better. I mostly play elden ring and Vampire Survivor right now, but I haven’t had a crash in a while, and games that didn’t work before open up – games I’ve complained about Previous 4 blood and Halo: The Master Chief Collection and duck game are either fixed or about to be fixed When Fourteen days and destiny 2′The owners refuse to bite. I’ve played a lot duck game last night.
I listen to Amazon’s New World might even work nowalthough I haven’t tried it yet.
https://www.theverge.com/23027375/steam-deck-sales-numbers-figures-best-selling The Steam Deck is not a flop