The Steam Deck handheld console by Valve will see numerous improvements via updates, as well as a second-gen version.
In an interview with The Verge, Steam Deck designers Lawrence Yang and Pierre-Loup Griffin talked about the console and what fans can expect from the company in the future.
The designers stated that there won’t be a Steam Deck Pro coming anytime soon. However, Valve plans to make a successor to the console sometime in the future, but it won’t be a speced-up version of the current console.
“Right now, the fact that all the Steam Decks can play the same games and that we have one target for users to understand what kind of performance level to expect when you’re playing and for developers to understand what to target… there’s a lot of value in having that one spec,” Griffin said.
As for what they would want to improve in the console, both designers said they want improvements in the display and battery.
The Steam Controller is a game controller made by Valve that has two clickable trackpads. The controller can be used for games that require a keyboard and mouse. It came out in 2015, but was discontinued in 2019. When asked if there are any plans to revive the gamepad, Yang said that Valve wants to make it happen.
“I think it’s likely that we’ll explore that because it’s something we wanted as well. Right now, we’re focusing on the Deck, so it’s a little bit of the same thing as the microconsole question: it’s definitely something where we’d be excited to work with a third-party or explore ourselves,” he told The Verge.
The Steam Deck will also get a fix for the Bluetooth audio lag, as well as giving the ability to choose your own Bluetooth profile and codec while gaming. Check out the full interview at The Verge.