Valve’s Steam Deck is an exciting piece of hardware. While Chinese tech companies were doing portable handheld gaming PC for a long time, the tech giant brought the concept to the mainstream audience. While the system isn’t available in many markets, and the purchase is controlled, it is still one of the hottest pieces of hardware from 2022.
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The booklet reads, “Steam Deck represents the first in a new category of Steam handheld gaming PCs. In the future, Valve will follow up on this product with improvements and iterations to hardware and software, bringing new versions of Steam Deck to market.”
The booklet refers to the hardware as a multi-generational product line, with them aiming to support both the hardware and SteamOS in the future. This reads highly positive, given the track record of Valve with their previous hardware.
For the uninitiated, Valve discontinued the Steam Controller in 2019, with Steam Machine not receiving support following 2018. Valve also mentions the compatibility layer they developed will be adopted by platforms like ChromeOS.
The compatibility layer allows games not built for Linux to run on the platform. Proton currently runs hundreds of Windows Only games successfully on Linux platforms and Steam Deck.
That sounds like some positive development. It is safe to say that we might see some refresh to the current Steam Deck offerings. Maybe some with higher specs and price tags? Only time will tell.