The company claims to have taken advantage of all previous experience with its other products in the portable hardawre.
With the announcement a few weeks ago of Steam Deck, not a few will have remembered Steam Machine and its resounding failure in the middle of the last decade. In Valve they have it quite present and claim to have learned from their mistakes for this new foray.
Valve designer Greg Coomer says in A chat with IGN who studied what went wrong with Steam Machine to make sure overcome those hurdles before targeting the consumer again. “We really didn’t want to present this device to the public until we considered it was ready and all the issues were mostly resolved. In conclusion, I don’t think we would have made that much progress with the Steam Deck if we hadn’t had that prior experience. [con Steam Machine]”.
Steam Deck comes with Proton on Linux, but it also allows you to install WindowsIn this sense, Valve designer Scott Dalton points out that with Steam Machine there was a clear lack of compatible video games due to its commitment to Linux, resulting in less user interest in playing on this hardware and, therefore, not offering compelling reasons to developers to adopt their software. “That led us to bet Proton“, he adds, referring to a tool that gives Linux compatibility to more than 7,000 games in a list that grows every month, although users can install Windows 10 on Steam Deck if they are not satisfied.
Spokespersons for the American company are not just staying on Steam Machine as the basis for the potential success now of the Steam Deck, but also on the rest of the bets on Valve’s manufacturing territory in recent years. “It’s all things we’ve done before, and we are taking advantage of that experience to make this device as good as possible, “says Lawrence Yang, recalling previous work on Steam Controller, Steam Link or Index.
If you want to know more, do not hesitate to consult a special by Alejandro Pascual with the 44 Steam Deck keys. The portable hardware hits stores in December.
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