In an interview with the Verge, Steam Deck designers Lawrence Yang and Pierre-Loup Griffais revealed that Valve has vast ranging plans to update the pocketable Steam Deck gaming PC, with each {hardware} and software program upgrades within the combine.

When requested what enhancements they’d most wish to make to a revised Steam Deck, each Yang and Griffais pointed to the display screen and battery life as prime candidates, although they do not present any particular particulars. Nonetheless, the machine’s efficiency is not more likely to be elevated any time quickly.

“At once, the truth that all of the Steam Decks can play the identical video games and that now we have one goal for customers to know what sort of efficiency stage to anticipate if you’re taking part in and for builders to know what to focus on… there’s a number of worth in having that one spec,” Griffais says. “I believe we’ll choose to hold the one efficiency stage for slightly bit longer, and solely have a look at altering the efficiency stage when there’s a vital achieve available.”

Talking of the Steam Deck’s battery, that is set to be made simpler to switch. The battery within the present mannequin is among the few elements that is arduous to swap out because of heavy use of glue. A pity given the battery is arguably the most probably a part of the machine to wear down.

“Now we have rolled in a change to the geometry of the adhesive, making the battery simpler to loosen,” says Yang.

One other repair that must also be rolled out quickly entails Bluetooth audio. As a consequence of Steam Deck’s default use of high-quality streaming codecs, there might be noticeable audio lag when utilizing Bluetooth headphones with the Deck. The answer shall be to permit customers to pick out a lower-quality mode.

From a wider {hardware} perspective, Yang and Griffais like the concept of the Steam Deck inspiring a brand new era of desktop Steam Machines, however it does not seem to be Valve has plans to make the packing containers themselves.

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Steam Deck with an image from Elden Ring overlayed on the screen

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“We’re excited to see folks make their very own SteamOS machines which might embody small PCs that they put subsequent to their TV,” says Yang. However Griffais factors out that Valve has an excessive amount of occurring with the Deck to get into making desktop packing containers. “Issues are very busy with the Deck straight away and we will’t be all over the place directly,” he says.

On the software program, a complete slew of recent options and fixes are deliberate. Issues like sharing per-game settings profiles with different Deck customers, extra game-specific efficiency optimisations, a brand new audio mixer to manage sound ranges independently for game, music, and chat, and the introduction of legacy cell video games which have beforehand solely been seen on smartphones are all on the record.

Briefly, Valve has loads of thrilling stuff deliberate for the Steam Deck in 2023.