Reservations for the Steam Deck console are already being listed on eBay, with scalpers charging over $1,000 (£726).
Announced last week, Steam Deck will provide PC gaming in a device that can be connected to a display like the Nintendo Switch.
Preorders for the console went live on Friday at 6 p.m. BST, but demand for Steam decks for Steam’s servers quickly proved too high, which came crashing down. To reserve a console, players had to spend £4 and have a Steam account that was over a month old.
Valve introduced those moves to reduce scalpers who buy consoles in bulk at launch prices and sell individual consoles at inflated prices. Scalpers also bought the PS5 console before the units were listed for sale last year.
Valve’s efforts to deter scalpers have done little, as there are already several Steam Deck reservations offered through eBay. That means some customers aren’t even buying a console, just the ability to be able to pay for one.
An eBay listing has a Steam Deck reservation at $1,400 (£1,016) with $300 for shipping. Add in the additional cost of the actual console for $529 and consumers can spend $2,229, which is a 321 percent increase.
The release window is also affecting the value of Steam decks. The base model, which has less memory and could release as soon as this December, is on eBay for the same 256GB and 512GB models.
Valve has indicated that the release windows are the only target, and may be pushed back on a production basis. This makes any reservations on eBay that promise to make earlier releases unreliable.
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