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We may get a Steam Controller 2, plus fun updates coming to Steam Deck

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The Verge managed to speak to a couple of developers at Valve on the Steam Deck, and while most of it was already known and largely covered here on GOL already (go through our Steam Deck tag) there's a couple of interesting bits to pick out. ICYMI: see my end of year Steam Deck article.

It's quite a nice read overall and a very good article from Sean Hollister, especially for people not constantly reading up on everything Steam Deck.

One of the first points is that Valve said the Steam Deck may never be "Stable" in the way that traditional consoles are, since Valve are "always going to be pushing updates as long as there’s people playing". So expect them to keep on pushing out new features and new fixes for bugs as they come in. Any regular Steam user will know: Valve like to keep on iterating on things constantly, and their Beta branch for the Steam client likes to break things quite often. However, they're moving to monthly stable Steam Deck updates now.

While it's not out yet, Valve are still working towards a SteamOS 3 release for everyone, and Valve are "excited to see other manufacturers making their own handheld PC gaming devices, we’re excited to see people make their own SteamOS machines which could include small PCs that they put next to their TV".

A Steam Controller 2 is something I've been asking for years, I even wrote a bit about the original in 2019 about how much I loved it, and Valve want to see a second happen too, they said "we want to make it happen" but naturally they're heavily focused on the Deck directly right now.

Another feature Valve are working on is a built-in audio mixer for the Gaming Mode UI, so you can easily adjust levels between different applications, games and friends chat to make it all easier. No doubt this will be leveraging the newer Pipewire audio stack that makes this sort of thing easier than ever on Linux.

Something people have been asking for, a lot, is being able to share performance profiles. Valve are also looking into that. They don't plan to let you share graphics settings, but a profile of the options you change in the Quick Access performance menu sounds likely.

Finally, while they've repeatedly confirmed a Steam Deck 2 is planned, it doesn't seem like a "Pro" model will come as they like the idea of keeping everything at a set configuration for performance to make it easier for everyone and plan to keep that a while longer until it will really make a difference.

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Sanidin 15 Dec, 2022
Quote"Right now, we’re focusing on the Deck, so it’s a little bit of the same thing as the microconsole question: it’s definitely something where we’d be excited to work with a third-party or explore ourselves,” he says.

They're basically begging 8bitdo or GuliKit to make the steam controller 2 happen. I'm not against this.
CatKiller 15 Dec, 2022
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QuoteYou don’t want a Steam Deck maraca
LOL.
BlackBloodRum 15 Dec, 2022
I missed the first steam controller (because I'm certified stupid ) so if they release a new one, gonna grab it!
buckysrevenge 15 Dec, 2022
I think them finally fixing issues with Nvidia GPUs w/gamemode (new BPM) is a nice step towards getting SteamOS 3.x out as a generic ISO. I'd love to get it set up on my old Steam Machine (currently running Manjaro stable and new BPM), the ease of Valve's updates on the Steam Deck translated to a dedicated HTPC would be nice to have again.
ExpandingMan 15 Dec, 2022
Yes, please! The steam controller was great. The only real problem with it was that everyone kept comparing it to a keyboard and mouse: no, the trackpads are never going to be as good as a mouse, but they don't *need* to be, they just need to be better than dual thumbsticks.

Another issue was that the trackpad behavior was so customizable that it took significant effort to get them optimally tuned for every situation, but, again, this wasn't a problem with the hardware design.
buckysrevenge 15 Dec, 2022
Quoting: BlackBloodRumI missed the first steam controller (because I'm certified stupid ) so if they release a new one, gonna grab it!
I have 3, the only thing that's been a problem with them is I wore the pads off the analog sticks on 2 of them (replaced them pretty easily). I'd be happy to buy a SC2 eventually
DrNick 15 Dec, 2022
I've got three original Steam Controllers as well. Managed to get a friend in the states to pick up two and ship them up to Canuckistan for me. Cost many Kopeks, but it was worth it. One controller is beginning to wear out, so hopefully this means the other two will last until the new revision comes out.

Personally I hope v2 is just the Deck controls without the screen.
melkemind 15 Dec, 2022
Quoting: DrNickI've got three original Steam Controllers as well. Managed to get a friend in the states to pick up two and ship them up to Canuckistan for me. Cost many Kopeks, but it was worth it. One controller is beginning to wear out, so hopefully this means the other two will last until the new revision comes out.

Personally I hope v2 is just the Deck controls without the screen.

I've got two, one for my family room and one for my bedroom. As someone who has hand issues and uses a trackball instead of a mouse, the steam controller has been great for me when it comes to certain games. If it had a right stick and a d-pad, it would've been perfect for every game, so I'm 100% on board for a controller with all the Steam Deck layout.
starfarer 15 Dec, 2022
I really hope they are going to release a Steam Controller 2.
Hoped I could win a Steam deck during the Game Awards but no dice, unfortunately. :(
Well at least I can hook up my Steam Controller to my laptop though I am always afraid that it is going to fail someday so a replacement is sorely needed. :)
lejimster 15 Dec, 2022
I had to repair my original steam controller, but it got to the point where it was too beat up and not worth my time, so I bought another one in good condition off ebay only the other month. I hope a steam controller 2 comes out before I destroy this one.
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