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Next-Gen Steam Deck Is Not On The Table For The “Next Couple of Years”, Says Valve

Posted on September 26, 2023 by Nick Moreno

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Over the course of these past few years, PC games have steadily arrived to the hands of the players, literally. With the launch of Valve’s Steam Deck, players can now indulge in a mass of supported titles portably and even opens the door to PC titles for users without a PC currently. One of the biggest issues for the handheld at launch was availability, but since Valve took initiative to deliver on reservations and opening orders to more regions as the world opened up, the system remains available for eager purchasers. 

Even more, we’ve seen third-party firms grasp for the Steam Deck with new accessories for the device. In that, JSAUX launched a new RGB dock & backplate which decorates the Steam Deck with RGB lights to add more personality to the portable PC handheld. But, it doesn’t fundamentally improve the Steam Deck, only cosmetically.

So when could a new Steam Deck arrive? Well, that isn’t for a couple more years, Valve tells. In an interview with CNBC, Valve coder Pierre-Loup Griffais explains that the device is still in its prime with more years to count going forward.

Additionally, Griffais also spoke more on the matter with The Verge. He reiterated that Valve is satisfied with the device currently and still looks to iterate on the current model. “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.”

When do you think the next Steam Deck will launch?

Source: The Verge

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