The Steam Deck has barely arrived when Valve says it is working on the next model. But the Steam Deck 2 will not arrive immediately, players who have just acquired the existing model can be reassured.
The Steam Deck 2 is being prepared behind the scenes
Gabe Newell, President of Valve, discussed the Steam Deck 2 during an interview with Edge Magazine:
The first step is to allow yourself to play the great games that exist today. The second iteration will be more focused on: what are the capabilities that mobile gives us, beyond what we can get in a traditional gaming environment with a desktop or laptop?
One of the things that [le Steam Deck] represents, it is a high-performance battery-powerable power, which could possibly be used in virtual reality applications as well. You can take the PC and create something that’s much more portable. We are not there yet, but it is a stepping stone.
The most expensive model is the most popular
But before thinking about the next generation, let’s talk about the existing model. The Valve president says he and his group were surprised to see that the most popular model is the most expensive with 512GB of storage on an NVMe SSD. Its price is 679 euros, against 419 euros (64 GB eMMC) and 549 euros (256 GB NVMe SSD) for the others.
This is an example where we are a little surprised by what our customers tell us. In fact, they’re telling us, “We’d like an even more expensive version of this product,” power-wise or otherwise. You know, that’s why we always like to take something out and ship it. Because we learn a lot from that, and it helps frame our thinking for the second bridge.
We can therefore easily suspect that a more expensive version of the Steam Deck 2 will see the light of day, with probably more storage and perhaps more power compared to the cheaper models.