Steam Deck is an undeniable success, almost single-handedly legitimizing the niche of console-style gaming laptops. (But don’t try to use Steam Deck with one hand, it’s quite thick.) Valve has been selling each and every one it can make, and even with expanded manufacturing capacity, pre-orders are stretching out for months. Now an official publication has confirmed what should be a no-brainer: the company is already working on a second generation.
The confirmation is a bit understated, buried in a translated version of a PDF brochure created specifically for the Asian market and for gamers who may not be as familiar with Valve as Western gamers. It was discovered by GamingOnLinux. On the last page of text is this nugget (emphasis ours):
The Steam Deck represents the first in a new category of portable Steam gaming PCs. In the future, Valve will follow up on this product with improvements and iterations of hardware and software, bring new versions of Steam Deck to market. Like the original and all PCs, these future products will continue to provide access to the same catalog of Steam games that gamers already know and love.
A second generation Steam Deck will be notable for several reasons. First, since the original is a first-gen design, you can expect some dramatic improvements using everything Valve has learned from the design and manufacturing process. Big jumps in processing power, quality of parts and materials, ergonomics, and battery life are possible, though not guaranteed. But more than that, this will be Valve’s first hardware product with a second release. The much-vaunted Steam Controller and Steam Link streaming stick got a single hardware design before being shelved. Of course, there’s no indication of when a new Steam Deck might arrive.
With a product category receiving more attention than ever, and competitors coming out of nowhere to try and break into the market, Valve will need to innovate to stay on top. We can’t wait to see what he comes up with.