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In a new interview with IGN, Valve has given a few more little details about their thoughts on how things with the Steam Deck are going along with notes on the official Steam Deck Dock and SteamOS on more devices. The full interview is worth a read but here's a few choice notes for you.

Firstly, when it comes to the long-delayed official Docking Station, Valve mentioned they're facing a lot of the same supply issues as they did with the Steam Deck directly, however the Docking Station is being made elsewhere so it has its own set of issues and they are "going to hopefully announce something soon". A lot of work is also going into ensuring the Steam Deck works with "as many peripherals as possible" and that work they put in for the official Docking Station "works on every dock – so every USB dock is benefiting from all of the work that we do on SteamOS".

The response in Japan has been "incredibly positive" and they have been spending time talking to Japanese developers about it and the reaction from Japanese developers and publishers "has been immensely, immensely positive".

Valve reiterated, again, that work is ongoing in SteamOS for the upcoming official installer for more devices. When that happens, there will also be an official way to dual-boot with Windows. They're also "excited to bring SteamOS to other manufacturers that might want to put it on their handheld gaming PC".

In terms of Deck Verified and the overall experience, they're working with developers to encourage them to change their default configurations for the Steam Deck and other similar devices and they continue to iterate on the Deck Verified program. They do keep having developers reach out to them for help on getting from Unsupported or Playable to Verified.

They're also keeping an eye on the modding community, to see what people really want but they're trying to balance not having too many settings out of the box.

Don't expect to a see a slimmer Steam Deck in future as Valve mentioned the trade-offs like smaller screens, less battery life and they seem to be very happy with the current ergonomics of it that the size affords like the proper grips on the side noting "We really wanted there to be something that your hands could grip and hold onto for a really long play session.".

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fagnerln 28 Sep
Steam deck looks perfect: size, ergonomics, weight, etc... But would be nice if they invest in some external gpu solution in a newer version.

About Steam OS, I would love to install it on my computer, I can't wait. 😍
Tuxee 28 Sep
Quoting: fagnerlnSteam deck looks perfect: size, ergonomics, weight, etc... But would be nice if they invest in some external gpu solution in a newer version.

For 5 potential customers out there?
Pengling 28 Sep
QuoteThe response in Japan has been "incredibly positive" and they have been spending time talking to Japanese developers about it and the reaction from Japanese developers and publishers "has been immensely, immensely positive".
That's what I like to hear! Hopefully Konami is among those, and hopefully I can keep on hoping for good day-one Linux/Steam Deck support for next year's Super Bomberman R 2, too. After all, it would be a good showcase for local multiplayer on the Steam Deck Dock!

QuoteDon't expect to a see a slimmer Steam Deck in future as Valve mentioned the trade-offs like smaller screens, less battery life and they seem to be very happy with the current ergonomics of it that the size affords like the proper grips on the side noting "We really wanted there to be something that your hands could grip and hold onto for a really long play session.".
This is a big plus. Back when I had a Nintendo Switch I found it to be far too thin to be comfortable to use for long gaming-sessions (and I'm a lass with small hands - it must be way worse for chaps with bigger hands than mine). I've found my GPD Win Max 2021 to be just right, and I'm glad to see that Valve sees things the same way for the Steam Deck and its future descendants.


Last edited by Pengling on 28 September 2022 at 11:52 am UTC
Still no Steam OS.
tpau 28 Sep
Yea a DisplayPort Dock would be nice :)
Lachu 28 Sep
Valve should just allow hardware vendor to publish one's classification alongside with Deck Verified/Playable. It should also mark, the classification is only hardware opinion. I think doing something else could destroy Steam Deck ecosystem. There could be many different hardware, so Valve could not ensure games will be Verified on each.
jamesrii 28 Sep
Quoting: Tuxee
Quoting: fagnerlnSteam deck looks perfect: size, ergonomics, weight, etc... But would be nice if they invest in some external gpu solution in a newer version.

For 5 potential customers out there?

Nah. There are dozens of us, dozens I say! Seriously though, I'm hoping for some egpu accessories sometime in the near future, for one of the next iterations of the Deck. Valve might even include a usb 4 80gbps port somewhere down the line. Oh, well. A man can dream. 😅
cybik 28 Sep
Quoting: TuxeeFor 5 potential customers out there?

How dare you, sir.

There's at LEAST 6.
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Now, if only indie Japanese publishers—namely, those who publish visual novels—expressed equivalent interest in Steam. That said, I do wonder if Valve is actually interested in having more visual novels on their platform...
Craggles086 29 Sep
Encouraging for the future of SteamDeck, and Linux gaming in general

“Honestly, the reaction from Japanese publishers and developers has been immensely, immensely positive. They are so excited about it, and we've been hearing that from them from the beginning because we were sending them units. These are the same publishers and developers that are making sure that their games run great on Deck, and you can see many of those teams here today at TGS.”

“.. Every month, we just say, "Hey, here are the top games on Steam Deck," and there's always a really healthy number of them that are coming from those Japanese developers. Elden Ring or Final Fantasy or Monster Hunter are always on the list.”

And this is only the first generation of the SteamDeck. Developers are actually making the effort to ensure their games are compatible. And if we get an influx of Japanese games on Steam.. Looking forward to the next few years.
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