We'll never see the end of companies planning new hardware. Between PC, consoles, smartphones and other areas of tech, chances are they're planning the next iteration before the latest one's even launched.
Unsurprisingly, Valve seem to be adopting a similar mentality. While the Steam Deck doesn't ship until December this year, Valve designer Greg Coomer recently sat down for an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun.
Valve's Planning Ahead For The Next Steam Deck, May Target 4K
Asked about whether Valve's already looking at a new iteration of Steam Deck, Coomer confirmed:
I think it's often extra interesting at Valve because so many of us want to treat even this device like a platform that can just be upgraded at will, and we can just, you know, why not upgrade it every three months? Obviously, that wouldn't be the best service that we would do for game developers or customers if we tried to operate that way.
We're already looking ahead to the future because we believe this is a product line that will have a long life, so of course we're thinking about what would we build next, and we're starting to make plans in those directions. But there is not a design for Steam Deck 2, but we're thinking along those lines and having conversations already about where would we draw the line for our next iteration of the device.
That's not all he revealed, either. During this interview, Coomer was joined by Lawrence Yang, who advised that 4K resolution "wasn't really a design target for us." However, while he states "it probably is possible" to create a handheld device running 4K, Yang believes that'll maybe be more realistic in a couple of years.
For now, there's already some beefy specs within the Steam Deck and, as always, we'll keep you informed when we learn more.
Source: Rock Paper Shotgun