What could come in the Steam Deck 2
The steam bridge was one of the best new devices to come out in 2022 and won one of our Editors’ Choice awards. A new interview with the developers of Steam Deck has answered more burning questions about the PC-powered mobile console – and what might come in the next release.
In a lengthy interview with The Verge, Steam Deck designers Lawrence Yang and Pierre-Loup Griffais explained what’s been going on with the game system since its launch in February. The team behind the console have continued to release updates with quality of life improvements and new features, but there are several new extras they want to release on the device, including what they want to improve in the next generation.
We know that Valve is thinking about future generations of Steam Deck, and the designers pointed out two flaws that they would like to improve in the next version: the screen and the battery. In the current Steam Deck, the battery is glued in place with adhesive and difficult to dislodge, unlike the other internal components. The Steam Deck team is already working on new hardware revisions to make the battery easier to remove while staying in place so it doesn’t vibrate.
While the next Steam Deck will likely have a different spec, Valve won’t be following Sony and Microsoft in releasing a more powerful mid-gen Steam Deck Pro – instead, they’re more keen to keep all consoles on the same spec. performance. As Nintendo refrained from making a Switch Pro despite having the ability to do so, Valve wanted game developers and users to know what performance to expect.
It wouldn’t be surprising if this battery fix were implemented in future shipments of the current Steam Deck, as Valve has already made hardware changes to address the issues. After customers complained that the internal fan was making a high-pitched whine, Valve swapped one from another manufacturer — and later even resumed shipping consoles with the first fan after introducing a “foam solution.” technique” which calmed him down.
In the meantime, Valve won’t overlook the current Steam Deck, noting that its list of software features will continue to grow, but so will bugs. The developers acknowledged that the console will never be extremely stable and that owners can expect bugs to crop up here and there, but after some updates unsettled the experience too much, the team decided to release monthly updates for the so-called ‘Stable’ software level.
And when it comes to a Steam Controller 2, Valve wants to make it happen – but “it’s just a matter of how and when”.
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