With the release of the Steam Deck portable console, Valve made it clear that it expects to release several generations of the device in the future. But she is not going to rush with this – the conditional Steam Deck 2 will have to wait until the end of 2025, and maybe longer, company representative Pierre-Loup Griffais told The Verge and CNBC.
“It’s important to us that Deck offers a given performance target and that the message to customers is simple: every Deck can run the same games. That is, we don’t want to take changes in performance levels lightly, and we only want to do so when a significant enough gain can be achieved. We also don’t want performance to come at the expense of power efficiency and battery life. I don’t think such a leap will be possible in the next couple of years, but we are still monitoring innovations in architecture and manufacturing processes to see how things are going there,” said Mr. Griffe.
Technically, the Steam Deck does still allow you to run the latest games, although with titles like The Last of Us Part I, Redfall and Starfield, this is becoming increasingly difficult for it. Other console manufacturers are pursuing a different strategy, releasing improved versions of devices within the same generation. For example, the same Nintendo updated the Switch twice, adding a larger battery and a better screen. Valve understands that the Steam Deck is imperfect, and even company employees admitted that the weak points of the device were the screen and battery. But they plan to solve these issues in the next generation console – I’m glad that the company has not abandoned the project.
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