A second generation Steam Deck is coming, but it won’t have major performance improvements, which will only come later, as Valve believes there’s value in having a single spec right now.
Speaking with The Verge, Steam Deck designers Lawrence Yang and Pierre-Loup Griffais commented on the second-generation Steam Deck, saying they want to address screen and battery life with the next system revision. Speaking of performance, they intend to keep performance consistent for now, as there is value in having a single specification for both users and developers. They will consider changing system performance only when there are significant gains to be made.
“Right now, the fact that all Steam Decks can play the same games and that we have one goal for users to understand what kind of level of performance they can expect when playing and for developers to understand what to aim for… there’s a lot of value in having that one specification. I think we We will choose to keep the same level of performance for a little longer, and only consider changing the level of performance when there is a significant gain to be made.”
The first generation Steam Deck has also changed since its release and will change even more in the future. While Valve mostly focuses on the software side of things, system designers have confirmed that hardware tweaks have already been made, and more will follow, such as improving battery glue, improving system fans, Steam buttons, quick access, making the battery easier to replace and more.
In the future, Valve may also allow users to share Steam Deck power profiles for each game. However, sharing graphics settings may not be around for long, as it’s a huge undertaking that Valve isn’t seriously considering at the moment, according to Pierre-Loup Griffis.
The Steam Deck console is now available for purchase in multiple regions. More information about Valve’s handheld gaming system can be found on their official website. You can also learn more by checking out Kai’s review of the system.
Across the board, Steam Deck hits all the marks for a budding product line that only has the potential to grow upwards. With support for Proton growing and more titles being realized over time, I honestly believe Steam Deck has the potential to carve into the laptop market the way its predecessors attempted. This is Valve’s chance to break into the mainstream audience and create an entirely new hardware line for the company, and it made a lasting first impression on me. With the compatibility catalog getting bigger, I wouldn’t have any reservations about tossing the Steam Deck in my carry-on baggage instead of the Nintendo Switch. I just have to remember to pack a spare battery or two for those long trips.