The Steam Deck has been a massive success for Valve even despite the lack of stock and delays. According to owner Gabe Newell, the device is now a permanent addition to the company’s offerings.
Newell spoke to EDGE Magazine a few days back and discussed the hardware’s success. Newell says that he was surprised to see the most expensive version of the Steam Deck selling more units than any other model.
The most expensive Steam Deck didn’t include any performance advantages, rather the device had an increased SSD compared to other models. Newell says that shipping the first-generation device like this helped Valve reflect on the changes the company might undergo for Steam Deck 2.
He says that the success of the most expensive version gave the company a clear indicator that gamers want an even more expensive version with more horsepower and capabilities.
“The second iterations are going to be more about: What are the capabilities that mobile gives us, above and beyond what you would get in a traditional desktop or laptop?
Newell says the Steam Deck foundations allow Valve to go in all sorts of directions in the future. He says the device represents packs “battery-capable, high-performance horsepower that eventually you could use in VR applications as well”.
Don’t get your hopes up just yet for a second addition. Newell says Valve “isn’t there yet” but they are definitely set to work on a second-generation Steam Deck when the time comes.
Sadly, here in South Africa, you can’t get your hands on one of these devices unless you import it directly. Hopefully, Valve appoints an official distributor for the handheld gaming device. Especially if the company plans on making it an official piece of hardware under its umbrella.
Source: EDGE Magazine