Games Technology

We’re Years Away From A Higher Steam Deck


Steam Deck designer Pierre-Loup Griffais informed CNBC at the Tokyo Game Show that the transportable PC gained’t get a significant {hardware} refresh for at the least “a pair years.”

Distributor Valve thinks the Deck is in a “fairly candy spot,” Griffais mentioned, “by way of with the ability to play all of the experiences from this new technology [of games], and, you recognize, to this point, the brand new releases are […] nice experiences on Steam Deck.” Useful resource-heavy Starfield sort of crushes its backbone, although.

To The Verge, Griffais clarified {that a} Steam Deck successor wouldn’t launch till at the least 2025, placing a Steam Deck 2 kind of on the identical timeline as one thing just like the elusive Change 2, which probably wouldn’t launch till 2024 or later. Kotaku reached out to Valve for remark.

“Altering the efficiency degree just isn’t one thing we’re taking evenly, and we solely need to achieve this when there’s a vital sufficient improve available,” Griffais mentioned to The Verge.

And, anyway, Griffais feels that the present Deck—a formidable machine by all counts—is holding itself gracefully amid competitors just like the Change or Android-based Ayn Odin.

Gross sales have been regular even after covid’s (relative) decline, and Valve is routinely releasing software updates. “We’ve performed numerous work on Steam[‘s operating system, which powers the Deck],” Griffais mentioned to CNBC. He’s additionally completely satisfied to acknowledge that “the ability and energy of PC is that there’s a variety of choices. […] I believe it’s nice that every one these different producers are additionally taking part [in creating portable consoles] […]. In the event that they succeed, we succeed.”

Whereas the specifics of a Steam Deck 2 are unknown even to its producer, Griffais kind of confirms that stylish consideration on VR, like that which Mark Zuckerberg is beaming into the Meta Quest 2, most likely gained’t ever pair with Steam Deck.

“We don’t actually have a VR story to [the Deck],” Griffais mentioned to CNBC, “however [VR is] undoubtedly one thing we need to discover extra sooner or later.”