There has been a lot of discussion about the release of a new Steam Deck. Valve‘s handheld gaming device has been a big success since it was launched more than a year and a half ago, with millions of units sold. After this surge in popularity among gamers, the most common question is: When will Steam Deck 2 be released?
In a recent interview with The Verge, the designer of the console, Pierre-Loup Griffais, mentioned that we shouldn’t expect a new console for at least “the next two years.” Considering that 2023 is already well underway, this would imply that we wouldn’t see a Steam Deck 2 until 2026, just when the first console would turn four years old.
“It’s important to us that the Steam Deck offers a fixed performance target to developers, and that the message to users is simple: we want every Steam Deck to be able to play the same games,” he emphasized in the interview. “That’s why changing the performance level is something we don’t do lightly: we only want to do it when there’s a significant increase. We also don’t want more performance to come at the cost of higher power consumption and battery life.”
In this way, Griffais explains that for there to be a Steam Deck 2, it is necessary for a noticeable technical leap to truly occur for all players. Therefore, “that leap won’t be possible in the next two years.”
The only thing left now is to wait for Valve to continue “monitoring innovations” to see what to introduce in their next handheld. From here, we are clear about what is necessary for a future model: an OLED screen, please, as we will appreciate it for all games.