Valve has been pretty candid about its plans for the Steam Deck (opens in a new tab)especially around the recent launch of the device in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The company has even published a small brochure (opens in a new tab) to formally introduce themselves in new territories where Valve is not a well-known (specific) name, full of gossip and tidbits about the deck’s development and future.
Well, that trend is going to continue, because in a recent interview with Famitsu Weekly (opens in a new tab)Valve designer Greg Coomer let slip a bit of the company’s thinking when it comes to the new Steam Decks. Most surprisingly, he indicated that one possibility for a “next generation” Steam Deck was that it “could even become a streaming machine,” presumably leveraging Steam Link technology. (opens in new tab) in which Valve has already invested a lot of time.
Makes sense. During the interview, Coomer identified a lot of parts of the Steam Deck that could use revision, but says battery life is at the top of Valve’s list of things to improve. A Steam Deck that lets another machine – be it your own PC or a Valve server – do the heavy lifting of rendering your game would likely drain your battery considerably less than the version we currently have. Hopefully such a device will also be able to reduce the number of things you need inside it, which could make it a bit smaller too.
But if you’re as averse to streaming as I am, you need not fear. It’s unlikely that a future streaming Steam Deck will be your only option. Valve tends to talk about the Steam Deck as a “category” of devices, rather than a single console-like machine that gets iterated every few years (although they’re also going to improve on the current version). (opens in a new tab)). So while the company might one day come out with something with the Steam Deck logo that streams games, it will probably be accompanied by all sorts of other quirky handheld game boxes, one of which will hopefully satisfy your needs. needs.
Thanks, VideoGames Chronicle (opens in a new tab).