Valve has prioritized the performance of the console over keeping a lower price.
Valve’s “Nintendo Switch” was something that was rumored for some time, no matter how implausible it sounded, and this announcement was finally made yesterday afternoon that has not left anyone indifferent. Valve presents Steam Deck, a hybrid console similar to the ones in Kyoto for play PC games anywhere, or connect it to a TV via a dock to be sold separately. A console from which Gabe Newell expects “millions” to be sold, although fine-tuning details such as price has not been easy.
The price was secondary, and somewhat painfulGabe newellIn an interview for IGN, transcribed by PC Gamer, Valve’s founder claims they have been “very aggressive” with the price from Steam Deck. Recall that the machine goes on sale for $ 399 -419 euros in Europe- in its 64GB version, which is increased up to 649 dollars -679 euros- in its 512GB model with various add-ons. Considerable prices, yes, but that seek that balance between price and performance that “is going to be one of the critical factors [para triunfar] in the mobile market “.
And is that performance has been the center of attention of Valve during its design, to offer sufficient power rather than to focus on reducing its entry price. “I want to take the console and say ‘oh, everything works fine, it’s very fast,'” says Newell. “And then, the price was secondary, and somewhat painful, but it is clearly a key aspect of the console. The first thing was the performance and the experience, that was the biggest and the main challenge that motivated us “to create it, assures the head of Valve.
Although its price is not what one would say “affordable”, at least in the field of consoles, Newell is confident that this proposal for a portable PC console I managed to expand the market, and be a commercial success for them. “Our perspective is that, if we are doing well, we are going to sell them for millions of units, and it is clearly going to establish a new category of products in which we, and the other PC manufacturers, will be able to participate. And that is going to have long-term benefits for us. So that’s the way we put this all together. “
If we are doing well, we will sell them for millionsGabe newellIn the end, expand the PC ecosystem it means more potential users for Valve, and that’s the end of the Steam Deck. “We don’t say ‘oh, we have to sell 8 games for each of these, or it won’t make sense.’ Our calculations rather revolve around whether this is the right product, and whether it’s a great way to test the idea that there is immense valuefor both gamers and studios to extend the PC ecosystem in this direction. That is the real test, more than any other. “
Steam Deck will go on sale in December 2021, as rumors advanced, and in this news you can check the price and content of each of its versions. Likewise, do not forget that Steam Deck pre-orders will open this afternoon, at 19:00 (Spanish peninsular time).
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