The company said fans should not expect the launch of Steam Deck 2 for another 2-3 years.
According to Neowin, Valve unexpectedly announced a new Steam Deck OLED version on November 9, bringing the game console with a more beautiful OLED HDR screen, improved battery life, Wi-Fi 6E, and even lightweight. than. Along with the release of the new OLED version, Valve engineers said “Steam Deck 2” is still several years away from release.
In an interview, UX designer Lawrence Yang at Valve confirmed that the company is actively working on Steam Deck 2. However, he said creating a successor to Steam Deck is still being worked on. bound by performance, so to have a device that can truly be called ‘Steam Deck 2’, the team at Valve needs to see performance increase by generation, with estimates of around 10 – 30 %.
Valve hardware engineer Yazan Aldehayyat added that the team still wants to learn more from the design of the first Steam Deck prototype. While the OLED model reuses the same design, a future Steam Deck version could bring major design changes.
Both engineers expect chip performance to increase in the next 2-3 years as technology develops. This is consistent with reasonable upgrade times for gaming hardware. At the same time, it also gives Valve time to realize the lessons learned from the reality of Steam Deck.
Previously in September, Valve senior software engineer Pierre-Loup Griffais said that faster handheld gaming devices would not appear for several years. The company wants to maintain power efficiency and battery life for stronger performance.
While fans may wish to receive new devices sooner, Valve still wants to avoid the situation of releasing consoles that don’t perform as expected. Players can expect Steam Deck 2 to actually launch sometime in 2024 or 2025, provided the chip industry remains responsive to supply and performance.