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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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Koopacabras 26 Aug
I hope by the time the Steam deck 2 is out I would be able to buy a Steam Deck 1 in Argentina XD lol
akselmo 26 Aug
I guess we'll get Steam Deck 2 Episode 1 after that ;)
soulsource 26 Aug
Steam Deck 1 + Steam Deck 2 -> 1+2=3 -> Half Life 3 confirmed.


Last edited by soulsource on 26 August 2022 at 8:08 am UTC
Good to see Valve taking this initiative. Never underestimate the value of localisation. About 95% of the world don't speak English as a first language, and 75% don't speak English at all.

Would be nice to see some more Linux distro websites translated as well. Hard to promote your distro to the majority of the planet if the majority of the planet can't read it.

For a quick sample, the following websites are only available in English as far as I can tell from looking at the homepage of their websites:
- https://linuxmint.com/
- https://manjaro.org/
- https://ubuntu.com/
- https://archlinux.org/
- https://www.centos.org/
- https://endeavouros.com/
- https://getsol.us/home/
- https://www.gentoo.org/

Shoutout to these websites for having numerous translations available on a visible dropdown on their homepage:
- https://getfedora.org/
- https://www.debian.org/
- https://www.opensuse.org/
mr-victory 26 Aug
My expectation is that SteamOS 3 will be released for the masses at the end of this year (november, december) possibly along with Deckard. (new VR headset) Also Steam Deck will make it to the markets in a few regions at the end of this year.
KROM 26 Aug
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I'm feeling a little bit anxious, if there ever will be a Steam Deck 3, given Valves track record.
Linas 26 Aug
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While it technically may be true that they are continuing to do R&D on something that may eventually become Steam Deck 2, that can be many years away. This kind of stuff takes a long time to develop, and Valve tend to take their time.

What is more likely in the near future is that they will replace the existing models with a new generation of upgraded/tweaked hardware. I am talking about stuff like a different fan, or better buttons. Not a completely different device in a different form factor.
tpau 26 Aug
More Open?
Maybe the Steam Launcher will become partially opensource so people can integrate other platforms and it still looks like it was done by valve by default?

For Deck2 it would be nice if we get a sim card slot and 5g compatibility. So you can truly play on the road without having to go through the hassle of creating a wifi hotspot with your cellphone.


Last edited by tpau on 26 August 2022 at 8:20 am UTC
I don't think Steam Deck 2 is any time soon, remember we're working on Valve Time here

Quoting: tpauMore Open?
Maybe the Steam Launcher will become partially opensource so people can integrate other platforms and it still looks like it was done by valve by default?

For Deck2 it would be nice if we get a sim card slot and 5g compatibility. So you can truly play on the road without having to go through the hassle of creating a wifi hotspot with your cellphone.

That's one method of doing it. The other method (which I'd prefer, since a sim card would mean extra expenses) is to simply make the device work while offline properly.


Quoting: gradyvuckovicGood to see Valve taking this initiative. Never underestimate the value of localisation. About 95% of the world don't speak English as a first language, and 75% don't speak English at all.

Would be nice to see some more Linux distro websites translated as well. Hard to promote your distro to the majority of the planet if the majority of the planet can't read it.

For a quick sample, the following websites are only available in English as far as I can tell from looking at the homepage of their websites:
- https://linuxmint.com/
- https://manjaro.org/
- https://ubuntu.com/
- https://archlinux.org/
- https://www.centos.org/
- https://endeavouros.com/
- https://getsol.us/home/
- https://www.gentoo.org/

Shoutout to these websites for having numerous translations available on a visible dropdown on their homepage:
- https://getfedora.org/
- https://www.debian.org/
- https://www.opensuse.org/

I think some of those do have other languages, for example arch:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Category:Languages

Try setting your browser to another language, often this can trip websites into displaying a non-english version in the case of other languages being available. Doesn't always work ofc.


Last edited by BlackBloodRum on 26 August 2022 at 8:33 am UTC
dpanter 26 Aug
Sounds like Valve realized they'll have to keep producing the hardware themselves since there's no profit margin for anyone else - unless the prices double or triple, as seen with the recent wave of Deck-likes. I guess that's alright! :)
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