During an extensive interview with publication A rock paper gunSteam Deck designer Lawrence Yang dropped a potential bombshell on gamers eagerly awaiting a sequel to the portable.
As reported by PC gamer, Yang stated that while he was excited about the improvements that could be made to the portable system, “a true next-gen deck with a significant increase in horsepower wouldn’t be here for a few years.” And while that may be disappointing news to some hoping for a proper sequel, there’s good reason for Valve not to invest in a Steam Deck 2 just yet.
According to Yang’s fellow Steam Deck designer, Pierre-Loup Griffais, “If high-end current-gen titles are able to scale to Deck and be a great experience, it also allows for smoother performance on a wider variety of PCs and improves it’s the experience for the entire player base.”
Considering that Valve’s Steam Deck is now only celebrating its first year, we most likely won’t see any new ones in the next few years.
valve recently released a new update, one that makes it easier to transfer PC games between a PC and the Steam Deck. The update, which is currently only available to those in the Steam Deck Beta and Preview channels, allows you to perform a local data transfer between devices and is a faster alternative to using the internet for that transfer.
You can also use this feature to transfer games between two PCs, but if you want to copy game files to a PC that is not registered to your Steam account, you’ll need to change the Local Network Game Transfers settings from Self Only (default) to Friends only or everyone.
The Steam Deck 2 shouldn’t be coming out any time soon
This may be a spicy hot one, but I hope Valve doesn’t release a new Steam Deck for a long time. First, the portable system is quite young and clearly still has a lot of steam (pun intended), judging by the extensive official and community support that is still ongoing.
There are tons accessories, programs, applications, and many more available to buy and install now, and more in the near and distant future. Announcing and releasing a Steam Deck 2 would be a slap in the face to all that effort so far, as it would all essentially have to be reset.
Then there is the monetary aspect. The Steam Deck is an incredibly powerful and flexible portable machine, but it’s also a very expensive one. And gamers ask to stop supporting an expensive product they have invested in, just to buy another expensive product and then buy accessories again and also reinstall all programs and applications.
And while Valve has made no secret of the fact that it will eventually become a sequelI’m glad Valve understands how releasing one so soon before the launch of its first would absolutely destroy any momentum the Steam Deck has picked up so far, opting instead to focus on supporting such’ a promising device.