The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine contains some exciting rumors about Valve’s much-touted gaming console, the Steam Deck. The article, which was first shared by Video Games Chronicle, includes an interview with Valve developers that sheds some light on the company’s plans for the Steam Deck. Based on the interview, one thing is clear: we’re likely to see a second-generation Steam Deck in the future, and Valve appears to already know what improvements it wants to make.
Valve’s Steam Deck debuted in 2022 to much fanfare but limited availability. Those who pre-ordered the device quickly have had it for some time, but some customers are still waiting. The interview in Weekly Famitsu coincided with the announcement that the Steam Deck is now available in Asia — not in stores, mind you, but you can reserve one. Valve appears eager to resolve the availability issue, so things may improve in the future.
Greg Coomer, a Valve designer who took part in the interview, made it very clear. When asked if more versions of the Steam Deck would be released in the future, Coomer stated, “Unless something major changes, there will be a next generation of Steam Deck products in the future.” What exactly does this mean? Fortunately, we know quite a bit.
Steam Deck 2 is not just a dream
According to Coomer, the Steam Deck is simply an extension of Valve’s core Steam platform. Steam has many applications on various devices, and it appears that Valve wants to ensure that its customers can play their favorite titles on whatever device works best for them. The console is referred to as “the current Steam Deck” elsewhere in the interview, confirming what Coomer said.
Despite its positive reception, the gaming console/handheld PC hybrid has some flaws that Valve appears to be aware of. Those issues appear to be a priority for the company in the future. One of the main issues is the battery life, which Valve (along with many users) finds to be inadequate. To that end, the company has already made advancements, such as allowing users to play at a very low refresh rate (40Hz) to conserve battery life. More enhancements will be made, and some of them will most likely be available only in the next-generation Steam Deck.
Valve would like to address more than just battery life in the future. The theme, shape, and size of the console may change in the future, according to the company. What’s more intriguing is that Valve may want to convert the Steam Deck into a streaming machine. What would that look like? It’s too early to tell, but it appears safe to begin celebrating — a second-generation Steam Deck will most likely be released in the coming years.