Valve outlines new Steam Deck gaming handheld timeline
The Steam Deck has been on the market for over a year now, although it took Valve until October 2022 before it started offering the gaming handheld without any pre-order restrictions. While the company has not released recent Steam Deck sales figures, it claimed last autumn to have sold over one million units. Valve has made it clear that the Steam Deck could be around for another few years, with no next-generation model due for a while yet.
Incidentally, Lawrence Yang and Pierre-Loup Griffais, a UX designer and a developer at Valve, respectively, hinted as much in their December 2022 interview with The Verge. This month, Rock Paper Shotgun conducted an interview with the pair, in which Yang is quoted:
a true next-gen Deck with a significant bump in horsepower wouldn't be for a few years.
Neither Yang nor Griffais explained why Valve has decided to adopt Microsoft and Sony's games console hardware strategy, unlike its gaming handheld competitors. However, their December interview suggests that Valve does not consider that newer AMD APUs deliver tangible performance benefits over the custom Aerith APU powering the Steam Deck. The company may still release minor Steam Deck revisions though, such as display, housing and internal improvements.