June 13, 2024

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

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

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

“Altering the efficiency stage isn’t one thing we’re taking frivolously, and we solely need to achieve this when there’s a vital sufficient enhance available,” Griffais stated 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 Swap or Android-based Ayn Odin.

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Gross sales have been regular even after covid’s (relative) decline, and Valve is routinely releasing software program updates. “We’ve carried out a number of work on Steam[‘s operating system, which powers the Deck],” Griffais stated to CNBC. He’s additionally joyful to acknowledge that “the ability and power of PC is that there’s a range of choices. […] I feel it’s nice that each 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 fashionable 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 stated to CNBC, “however [VR is] undoubtedly one thing we need to discover extra sooner or later.”


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