It would appear that Valve is suffering from the same supply chain issues troubling most other tech companies dealing with hardware products. The blog post blames part shortages and COVID-19-related closures at the company’s manufacturing facilities for the continued delay.
While we know that Valve has contracted Taiwanese manufacturing major Quanta Computer for manufacturing the Steam Deck, there is no official word about the manufacturer or the country from where Valve sources the Steam Deck Docking Station. Looking at recent trends, there is a chance that these products are also manufactured in China, which has been reeling from a surge in COVID-19 cases for the past few months.
In the blog post, Valve adds that the production and availability of the Steam Deck have not been affected by these closures. The company also explicitly said that these two products come from two different factories and use completely different parts. While we still do not have a revised launch date for the Steam Deck Docking Station, the company has assured us that it is “working on improving the situation.”