When we saw that the Steam Deck was having a sale and GameStop was offering refurbished versions at a decent discount, I thought this was a sign that a new tech announcement was coming. Looks like I was wrong.
Pierre-Loup Griffais, a Valve developer, recently spoke with The Verge. It turns out that the next Steam Deck may not materialize for years.
The reason for the large gap between releases is due to battery tech. Valve wants to create a Steam Deck successor, but that follow-up device needs better battery life. Griffais explained:
“It’s important to us that the Deck offers a fixed performance target for developers, and that the message to customers is simple, where every Deck can play the same games. As such, changing the performance level is not something we are taking lightly, and we only want to do so when there is a significant enough increase to be had. We also don’t want more performance to come at a significant cost to power efficiency and battery life. I don’t anticipate such a leap to be possible in the next couple of years, but we’re still closely monitoring innovations in architectures and fabrication processes to see where things are going there.“
While speaking with CNBC at the Tokyo Game Show, Griffais also emphasized that the Steam OS updates and retail possibilities were being considered in order to be competitive with recent additions to the mobile PC market, such as the ASUS ROG Ally.
LIVE from the Tokyo Game Show – the power of PC gaming, in your hand. We spoke to one of the brainchilds of the Steam Deck, Valve's Pierre-Loup Griffais on the challenges, as games get bigger.@willkoulouris @Valvesoftware @Plagman2 #TGS2023 @CapcomUSA_ @Capcomasia @OnDeck pic.twitter.com/Adz34dMqf3
— CNBC's Street Signs (@StreetSignsCNBC) September 21, 2023
The Steam Deck was released in 2022 and has done pretty well. However, the competition is heating up, with ASUS and Lenovo joining the mix. The competing mobile PC makers are adding better tech and features, but the biggest hurdle is battery life.
Do you think this issue can be solved within a couple of years? Or more? Let us know below.[Souce: The Verge]
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