The Steam Deck would be outdated Will Valve launch a new console?

Local Multiplayer Steam Deck

The PC in the form of a portable console from Valve reminiscent of a Nintendo Switch is one of the most anticipated devices. However, he has had to pay a small price, and that is that the Steam Deck is outdated in terms of its hardware, which makes us ask ourselves the following question: are we going to see an improved version of the console based on Steam OS?

When Valve introduced its Steam Deck a few months ago for the first time, many of us had a smile from ear to ear, since the only fully portable and established gaming hardware was the Nintendo Switch. The problem with the Kyoto console is that due to technical limitations or disagreements between the Japanese manufacturer and some game publishers, certain titles could not be played anywhere other than our desk or living room.

Luckily, the Steam Deck comes with powerful hardware based on an AMD APU, however, although it is a more than decent system, we cannot say that it is perfect. And it is that those of Gabe Newell seem to have opted for pieces that would not be the most modern on the market, which could take their toll.

A hardware, what is not the latest?

First of all we have to clarify that outdated does not mean low power or low performance, but that there were modern parts available that made much more sense. And what are those pieces in the Steam Deck? A quick analysis of its technical specifications reveals the use of a CPU of Zen 2 architecture, when AMD has already had Zen 3 in its portfolio for a long time.

The reason for choosing an older generation? The fact that there is no 4-core version of the most advanced Ryzen architecture yet. Therefore, that the CPU is of quad core on a device designed to play is a huge mistake, since Valve could have opted for a Zen 3 six core, which would be a much better option.

Steam Deck APU

The other element is the choice of GPU, which remains vegan architecture like all AMD APUs up to Ryzen 6000. Taking into account that we have recently seen RDNA 2 introduced for Samsung Exynos and it is already in the Ryzen 6000 series APUs we wonder if we are going to see a future version of the Steam Deck with an RDNA 2 APU. Let’s not forget that this architecture has a much higher performance per watt, which means reaching the same power with less consumption, getting more hours with the same battery or higher graphics power at the same TDP.

As for the RAM, we can not accuse them of being late, but it is another element that makes us think that Valve could have waited a bit and use the LPDDR5X in the design of its portable console, since it consumes less than conventional LPDDR5.

Will Valve release a Steam Deck in 2023?

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The answer to the question is not simple, it could be said yes and no at the same time for what was argued just above, because on PC we know that there is always better hardware around the corner and for us the Steam Deck It is a fully portable gaming computer. So despite its form factor we are not talking about a portable console to use and if Valve launches a Steam Deck with an APU with RDNA 2, Zen 3 and memory LPDDR5X in a few months we shouldn’t see it as a bad thing, but as normal operation in the world of PC hardware where we all know that our equipment is already outdated and there is always another better one in terms of specifications around the corner.

The Steam Deck is an incredible piece of hardware, and regardless of the use you are going to give it, it will be a luxury to see it work in our hands and anywhere in games that lacked portability due to technical limitations. If Valve releases versions with better hardware it will be the norm, and it is possible (and expected) that your Steam Deck will be outdated, but the same goes for your PC or your mobile.