Valve confirms Steam Deck 2, but when is the release date?

By Kenneth Williams

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May 14, 2023

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The Steam Deck revolutionized gaming on the go, but Valve isn’t content to rest on its laurels. A Steam Deck 2 is already under development, but its release date is likely still years away.

The Steam Deck was a godsend for PC gamers who wanted to take their massive Steam libraries on the go. It also finally gave the Nintendo Switch some competition in the mobile market, and it seems like the arms race is already underway. Despite its relatively recent release in early 2022, a recent interview has confirmed that Valve is already hard at work on a follow-up.

The confirmation comes from an interview with Valve developer Lawrence Yang from Rock Paper Shotgun. In the piece, Yang talks about a potential follow-up to the Steam Deck, though he mostly focuses on the challenges of creating new hardware. However, several comments hint that Valve is already in the early design phase for a Steam Deck 2, though the eventual release date for the device won’t be anytime soon.

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The success of the Steam Deck “has made us even more excited to look closely at what can be improved… a true next-gen Deck with a significant bump in horsepower wouldn’t be for a few years,” said Yang.

Steam Deck 2 release date likely not until 2025

While not an official confirmation, that one statement gives a ton of information to speculate on for a Steam Deck 2 release date.

Earlier in the interview, Lawrence Yang mentions that there will need to be a significant technical breakthrough to warrant a new generation of Steam Deck. The current generation runs on a Zen 2-powered AMD APU, which functions as both the CPU and GPU. There are also other specs to consider, such as the 1280 x 800 display and 60-hertz refresh rate. The physical and technical components already have room for improvement, but the cost is also a major factor. Valve could easily stuff a high-end discrete GPU in and call it a day, but that would push the Deck way over its current $400 entry price.

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With AMD’s APU development timelines and Yang’s own statements in mind, it’s likely that the release date for a potential Steam Deck 2 would come in 2025 or later. Valve is already hard at work in other areas of hardware development, and the ongoing success of the Deck shows that they don’t need to iterate soon at all. Expect to hear announcements sometime in 2024, but a full release is confirmed to be years away still.

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