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Steam Deck 2 is absolutely coming, new booklet from Valve confirms

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Valve has just released a rather fancy Steam Deck Booklet to introduce Valve, Steam and the Steam Deck to the new markets across Asia they're about to expand into and it gives some fun details.

A lot of it goes over all the stuff those of us across western markets already know, including where Valve has servers located, info on their previous hardware and how things like the Steam Link and Steam Controller enabled the Steam Deck to actually be a thing.

It also confirmed, again, that SteamOS will be getting a generic installer so that anyone will be able to install the latest SteamOS available from the Steam Deck on their PC. Along with that, hardware vendors will also be able to use it so we'll eventually see devices from others with some already looking into it like GPD and OneXPlayer.

What about a Steam Deck 2 then? Well, it doesn't get much more firm than "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." which was taken from the last info page:

The page mentions they want it to be "even more open" than the first generation too. I'm not sure how they plan to improve on that, since it's already one of the most open mainstream gaming devices around but I'm keen to see what they have planned.

What do you think about the future of the Steam Deck and SteamOS?

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lejimster 28 Aug
If they can keep improving and expanding support for titles, it will be relatively easy for them to resurrect the steam machine, except this time build it themselves... While they're at it they should show some love the steam controller.
In the last 2 years I've used my steam controller more than ever, to a point where it's starting to fall apart and I have had to fix a couple of issues on it. I almost bought another second hand, but I will keep my original running as long as possible.
Marlock 29 Aug
If Valve themselves build and sell a Steam Console (with desktop-class hardware inside a custom-designed casing and cooling solution, like Sony did with the PS5), paired with a reedition of the Steam Controller, this would be a killer successor to the failed Steam Machine experiment. IMHO everything that went wrong then is now proven mature enough to go right.

It could run the exact same OS as the Steam Deck and even dualboot a traditional desktop linux or windows (give it a 3.5" easy-access sata3 slot for a secondary drive and it's a happiness bomb for cheaper storage expansion and/or dualbooting)

Shipping SteamOS on it means effortless support for the exact same (unbeatable) range of 3rd-party controllers, VR equipment, external storages, exotic peripherals, etc

Because those are PC games, using it as a PC tower paired with kbd+mouse+monitor is a non-issue unlike traditional consoles

Using desktop-class components on it means those are easily replaceable and upgradeable for off-the-shelf standard PC parts and the extra casing space means it can be designed for easy repairability (no glue, no frail plastic clamps, less fragile flat ribbons, all components readily accessible instead of layered on top of each other), even if more compact than a standard PC case.

The OS also confers an openness to modding, 3rd-party game stores and apps, usage beyond playing games, etc that is completely unparalleled in traditional gaming consoles. This had no face outside PC gaming until the Deck appeared and effectively eliminated the division between those two gaming categories.

There will be instant access to a HUGE catalog, costless access to games already purchased on Steam, etc. And this will be even better than what's seen at launch on the Steam Deck, because the Deck-certified effort and the improvements made by game devs to conform to it all will also benefit this new device.

The larger and non-portable form-factor allows for higher-powered CPU, GPU, RAM, etc, paired with bigger active cooling fan(s) (better flow at lower noise).

They can probably even offer it in a cheaper price range than building a custom PC or buying a prebuilt one like ROG, Alienware and other gaming-branded stuff of similar performance, making this a tempting purchase for general purpose PC uses too.


Last edited by Marlock on 29 August 2022 at 12:24 am UTC
slaapliedje 29 Aug
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Quoting: soulsourceSteam Deck 1 + Steam Deck 2 -> 1+2=3 -> Half Life 3 confirmed.
SteamOS 3 is the first time they've been able to count to 3.
Mohandevir 29 Aug
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: soulsourceSteam Deck 1 + Steam Deck 2 -> 1+2=3 -> Half Life 3 confirmed.
SteamOS 3 is the first time they've been able to count to 3.

And they even emphasized it... Right now, it's SteamOS 3.3!
soulsource 30 Aug
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: soulsourceSteam Deck 1 + Steam Deck 2 -> 1+2=3 -> Half Life 3 confirmed.
SteamOS 3 is the first time they've been able to count to 3.
Which has not been released for download yet.
...
I'm starting to worry.
slaapliedje 30 Aug
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Quoting: soulsource
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: soulsourceSteam Deck 1 + Steam Deck 2 -> 1+2=3 -> Half Life 3 confirmed.
SteamOS 3 is the first time they've been able to count to 3.
Which has not been released for download yet.
...
I'm starting to worry.
Pretty sure I have already pointed out that it won't be a standalone ISO until SteamOS4 😜
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