Steam Deck could arrive as late as 2026 as the company behind it does not see it launching in the next couple of years. Valve however is very much happy with the power of the present Steam Deck for now.
Steam Deck Could Arrive Late
Valve has just revealed that it wants to make a Steam Deck 2, but however, does not see it launching “in the next couple of years.”
Valve coder Pierre-Loup Griffais revealed to CNBC at Tokyo Game Show 2023 that the team is at the moment hard at work on the current Steam Deck, but in regards to what comes next, “we’re kind of looking at this performance target that we have as a stable target for a couple years”.
“We think that it’s a pretty sweet spot in terms of being able to play all the experiences from this new generation and so far, the new releases are coming out with great experiences on Steam Deck,” Griffais reportedly explained.
“Obviously, we’re working with developers on future releases and we’re monitoring the feedback there but so far, I think it has been pretty good on the horsepower front.”
What the Designer of the Steam Deck Thinks About a Successor to the Handheld
Steam Deck designer Lawrence Yang in the early parts of this year shared similar thoughts when asked about a successor to the handheld. Yang at the time, shared his excitement for the improvements that could be made to the current system, but however said that “a true next-gen Deck with a significant bump in horsepower wouldn’t be for a few years”.
Griffais later further expanded on his statement to CNBC with The Verge and stated that: “It’s important to us that the Deck offers a fixed performance target for developers, and that the message to customers is simple, where every Deck can play the same games. As such, changing the performance level is not something we are taking lightly, and we only want to do so when there is a significant enough increase to be had.
“We also don’t want more performance to come at a significant cost to power efficiency and battery life. I don’t anticipate such a leap to be possible in the next couple of years, but we’re still closely monitoring innovations in architectures and fabrication processes to see where things are going there.”
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