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Valve talk about learning from mistakes with the upcoming Steam Deck

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As we all know the Steam Machines didn't go anywhere and Valve have clearly learned a lot from it, as they spoke about in a recent video from IGN (as IGN continue to have the exclusives on this).

Valve are no stranger to hardware at this point of course. They didn't just do the failed Steam Machines but also produced the Steam Link, Steam Controller, worked with HTC for the original Vive and they also have their Valve Index VR headset too. By now, they have hopefully enough experience to know exactly what they need to make a success out of the Steam Deck and so far everything is looking rather positive on that.

Designer Greg Coomer actually mentioned how "we actually did start out by working with other companies and seeing what we could make happen with partnerships, but it became clear we started prototyping and more and more we just started creating devices to solve problems for customers ourselves and really the Steam Deck feels like the culmination of a lot of that earlier work". Coomer goes on to directly mention their earlier stuff like the Steam Machines, Steam Link and also the Steam Controller.

Scott Dalton, another Valve designer, also mentioned how early prototypes of the Steam Controller had a screen too and they wanted it to be programmable, and they thought about having Steam Link hardware with a controller but the technology at the time just wasn't good enough and they faced lots of hurdles with it and they continued prototyping and talking about it for some time. So the Steam Deck really is a device they've had in mind for years.

Proton was mentioned too with Designer Lawrence Yang mentioning how it was "really important for us to be able to talk directly to developers, and say 'hey look the Steam Deck runs your game you don't have to port'" with Coomer following up to mention how it's been a "chicken and egg problem with the Steam Machine of the content being there, we were trying to get games on Linux but then you had to have this crucial amount to get over this hump but then without the user base and you get into this bad cycle. That led us down this path of Proton now there's all these games that run so you've crossed over that hump and you're on the good side of it".

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dubigrasu 11 years 3 Aug
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: dubigrasuThere was the Steam Machine assembled and delivered by Valve themselves (the one I personally like to call the "real" Steam Machine, I'd love to have one of those)

I can't remember that at all, do you have a link for me?
I could only find this one for now:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYAe7RdK1Q8&ab_channel=OolenGamingOmniverse

It was a big deal at the time, Valve sent them in a custom wooden box with all kind of goodies.
Don't know if this unboxing has everything, I'll search for more later.
Edit:
Other ones:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvzlztBLqpU&ab_channel=BrandonBeans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3xvNmEWztA&ab_channel=SaharaDrac
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhgQsI6bUWU&ab_channel=EvanMcLaughlin


Last edited by dubigrasu on 3 August 2021 at 8:06 pm UTC
sub 6 Aug
Steam Machines were a 2013 thing ???

OMG. How time flies.
F.Ultra 6 Aug
Linus Tech Tips have gotten a hands on with the deck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SElZABp5M3U
Quoting: F.UltraLinus Tech Tips have gotten a hands on with the deck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SElZABp5M3U
He seems to quite like it.
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