According to Valve, the company plans to release a Steam Deck 2 in the future, in hopes of making the handheld a multi-generational product.
Valve’s Steam Deck handheld received positive industry reviews upon release, praising the handheld’s power and overall potential.
With the Steam Deck in incredible demand, Valve has redoubled its efforts to boost production, which has helped with the extremely delayed shipping times.
It seems that a positive reception reassured Valve, as the company revealed that it is already planning further iterations of the Steam Deck going forward.
Valve Planning Steam Deck Iterations
Valve’s Steam Deck is already incredibly flexible, with the company promising future iterations will be even more “open.”
The news comes from Valve themselves, who have written, designed and published a free eBook on the development of the Steam Deck and much more.
In this eBook, the company said, “Going forward, Valve will follow up on this product with improvements and iterations of hardware and software, bringing new versions of Steam Deck to the market.”
As if that wasn’t clear enough, Valve goes on to explain that they see the handheld as a “multi-generational product line.”
“We’ll learn from the Steam Community about new uses for our hardware…and we’ll build new versions that are even more open and capable than the first version of Steam Deck was.”
One of the biggest criticisms of the Steam Deck was its poor battery life, which Valve should fix in future iterations.
While it’s great to hear that Valve is already planning further iterations of Steam Deck, it seems a little early to announce these plans.
As the company struggles to fulfill backorders, including ongoing parts shortages, it may seem premature to talk about a new version.
Still, Valve also compares the Steam Deck directly to PCs, which have been built in iterations over the years and years.
While it’s still unclear what the future of Steam Deck will bring, Valve seems to think it has a bright future ahead of it.