Valve revealed that the Steam Deck 2 has long been in development. Here's what we know about Valve's sequel handheld.
So, the Steam Deck is a roaring success: Everybody either has one, or wants one. As far as hardware goes... this is a first for Valve. Sure, they strike gold with almost everything they touch, but hardware... nah. So when the Steam Deck hit big, Valve themselves were surprised, and it looks like it didn't take long until they started considering the Steam Deck 2.
Valve Might Want a Steam Deck 2
The potential Steam Deck 2 was first mentioned when Valve released a 50-page booklet about the Steam Deck. In said booklet, Valve reveals that they're thinking about more Steam Decks and more SteamOS stuff:
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.
Of course, even though it's a roaring success, the Steam Deck is not without faults. Naturally, with a product as popular and in high demand, feedback is ample, and Valve has promised that they're listening to the feedback and are planning to incorporate it into the new model.
This is a multi-generational product line. Valve will support Steam Deck and SteamOS well into the foreseeable future. We will learn from the Steam community about new uses for our hardware that we haven’t thought of yet, and we will build new versions to be even more open and capable than the first version of Steam Deck has been.
Valve says Steam Deck is a multi-generational product line and that the Steam Deck and SteamOS will be supported well into the foreseeable future.— Wario64 (@Wario64) August 25, 2022
"we will build new versions to be even more open and capable than the first version of Steam Deck has been." pic.twitter.com/msMSnST3z5
So far, that's all we know, though none of it should really come as a surprise, as, even when the Steam Deck was just launched, Gabe Newell revealed that just the high demand before release already had Valve considering future options for the Steam Deck.