Steam Deck 2: Valve’s handheld gaming PC, the Steam Deck, has been a huge success since its launch in February 2022. But for those of you hoping for a sequel anytime soon, you’re in for a disappointment.
In a recent interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, Valve lead designer Lawrence Yang said that “a true next-gen Deck with a significant bump in horsepower wouldn’t be for a few years.”
Yang’s comments were echoed by Steam Deck developer Pierre-Loup Griffais in a separate interview with The Verge. Griffais said that Valve is “not even thinking about” the Steam Deck 2 yet, and that it’s likely to be “late 2025 or early 2026” before we see one.
So why is Valve taking so long to release a new Steam Deck? One reason is that the company is still focused on improving the existing model. Valve has released a number of updates to the Steam Deck since its launch, fixing bugs and adding new features.
Another reason is that Valve wants to make sure that the Steam Deck 2 is a significant upgrade over the original model. The company doesn’t want to just release a new version with slightly better specs. Instead, it wants to wait until there is a significant leap in technology before releasing a new Steam Deck.
So what can we expect from the Steam Deck 2 when it does eventually arrive? It’s too early to say for sure, but it’s likely to feature a more powerful processor, more RAM, and a better display. It may also have new features, such as support for ray tracing or variable refresh rate displays.
Of course, all of this is just speculation at this point. We’ll have to wait and see what Valve announces in the future. But for now, it’s clear that the Steam Deck 2 is not coming anytime soon.