Valve has seemingly confirmed that the Steam Deck will not only have future changes to software but hardware as well. Spotted initially by GamingOnLinux, a new Steam Deck booklet mentions follow-up hardware upgrades for the Steam Deck, which has only been out for a year at the time of writing.
Valve’s portable console has exploded in terms of popularity since its release, so much so that the company was having a hard time fulfilling preorders until recently.
The booklet said, “Steam Deck represents the first in a new category of Steam handheld gaming PCs. In the future, Valve will follow up on this product with improvements and iterations to hardware and software, bringing new versions of Steam Deck to market.”
Valve’s Plan For The Steam Deck
The booklet refers to the Steam Deck as a “multi-generational product line.” And also says that Valve will continue to support the handheld and the SteamOS well into the foreseeable future.
This means that, unlike Valve’s past endeavors, Steam Deck’s Hardware will be supported long-term. The Steam Machines and Controller came out in 2015 and went the way of the dodo by 2018 and 2019, respectively.
This will also mean that there might not be a “Steam Deck 2” in the future. Rather a slow incremental upgrades to the existing handheld’s hardware and software.
The company has also confirmed that the compatibility layer used in SteamOS will be adopted by other platforms as well, such as ChromeOS. The compatibility layer allows games that aren’t made for Linux to work on it, like Vine or Lutris. This will make Steam’s layer the definitive way to play Windows games on Linux in the future.
In other Valve news, Marvel’s Spider-Man was recently launched on PC, and it was Steam Deck verified right out the gate.