Steam Deck 2 will be even more powerful, offer surprising features

Image of the Steam Deck portable PC by Valve

Valve just launched its Steam Deck handheld console, but it seems like the company's already coming up with a plan of action for a "Steam Deck 2", or at least that's what GamesRadar+ speculates the sequel to Valve's compact gaming PC will be called. However, there is not a lot of substantial evidence to support this speculation.

Initial bits of information suggest that the company aims to offer users an even more powerful portable PC gaming experience with capabilities that "you won't find on a desktop", suggesting virtual reality might be at play.

In an interview for Edge Magazine, Valve's co-founder and president, Gabe Newell stated:

The first step is to let you play the great games that exist today. 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 gaming environment?

He further noted:

One of the things [Steam Deck] represents is battery-capable, high-performance horsepower that eventually you could use in VR applications as well. You can take the PC and build something that is much more transportable. We’re not really there yet, but this is a stepping stone.

Newell also pointed out that the most expensive version of the Steam Deck, featuring 512 GB of storage and an anti-glare screen, was also the most popular with gamers who pre-ordered the device.

Commenting on the overwhelming popularity of the most expensive version, Newell stated:

That’s an example of us being a little surprised by what our customers are telling us. They’re basically saying, ‘We would like an even more expensive version of this,’ in terms of horsepower capabilities or whatever. You know, that’s why we always love to get something out there and ship it. Because we learn a lot from that, and it helps frame our thinking for Deck 2.

Moreover, he said that the company is also thinking of ways by which it can make further use of the portable form factor. To know more, we'll have to wait until there are further statements from the company.

Source: GamesRadar+ via TechRadar

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