The parents of Half Life hope to create a new category in the world of the PC.
The anticipation surrounding the Steam Deck is enormous. Valve has managed to excite PC players with its portable console, which beyond the Steam catalog, will allow you to install Windows to play on Xbox Game Pass and Epic Games Store; but this emotion is shared by Valve itself, which recognizes that this is only the first step towards a future in which there are more Steam Deck-style devices.
We hope you can find multiple optionsGreg coomerThe head of the study stated that his intention is to turn Steam Deck into a new category of PC products not only from Valve, but from other companies, and engineer Greg Coomer reaffirms that idea: “We hope that it will become in a real category where you can find multiple options“, has stated to PC Gamer. “We intend to continue manufacturing products in this line.”
But Valve does not pretend to be the only major company in the PC world that is betting on this class of devices. “We also think it makes sense let other people occupy this space. So if we’re right, there will be more options to choose from, with more companies participating in it, making portable gaming PCs themselves, and calling them something else. “
Valve expects there will be different versions of Steam Deck from other companiesThe truth is that already in the past there have been attempts to create a portable console dedicated to PC games, as was the case with Smach Z, although this project did not end up achieving success. Certainly the perspectives of Valve’s console are different, since the opening of Steam Deck reservations ended up collapsing Steam, although in the past the company led by Gabe Newell suffered some setback such as the Steam Machines. The difference, Coomer points out, is that now Valve is leading the project, the one that works directly on it.
Another point in favor of consoles like Steam Deck is that each manufacturer could take a different approach. “Someone could choose, for example, to create a version that prioritizes battery life with streaming games from another PC. Which makes it a very interesting product,” says the Valve engineer. “And, you know, it’s just a version of something that we don’t plan to do right now, but someone might want to do it. Cheaper, longer battery life, a very different architecture, technically.”
In recent days Valve has confirmed other technical details of its new device, ensuring that the Steam Deck connected to the dock will not increase its performance as it happens with the Nintendo Switch.
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