February 3, 2023

Valve confirmed off a number of Steam Deck prototypes launched again in 2019.

As a part of Valve’s moveable PC launch in Asian territories, the corporate has unveiled a number of iterations of the hand held which have been enhanced and redesigned forward of a 2021 launch.

The prototypes, all reportedly bootable, have the identical button configuration, nonetheless a few of the older fashions would not have a D-pad, as an alternative having segmented buttons just like the Nintendo Change.

Older Steam Deck fashions additionally had spherical trackpads as an alternative of the sq. ones discovered within the retail mannequin. These spherical pads are much like these used on the Steam Controller, a discontinued Valve peripheral.

The earliest model of the {hardware} on show additionally featured smaller joysticks, not not like the Sony PlayStation Vita.

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The units have been reportedly hand-built, so it is totally potential that the thumbsticks on show are actually taken from a PlayStation Vita retail unit that was repurposed for these prototypes.

The similarity between the directional buttons and the Nintendo Change buttons can also point out that Valve used Nintendo {hardware} in the course of the Steam Deck growth course of.

In an interview with Weekly Famitsu journal, the Steam Deck crew confirmed that they anticipate to proceed engaged on the {hardware} sooner or later.

“Until one thing main adjustments, there can be a subsequent era of Steam Deck merchandise sooner or later,” stated designer Greg Kumer.

“The theme, dimension and form will change, and it’d even turn out to be a streaming machine. Steam deck growth will proceed.

“One of many causes is that it is an extension of our core Steam platform,” he stated. “The Steam Deck is one other PC in a unique type, however Steam has many different makes use of apart from this moveable system, corresponding to on a TV or on a desktop, and we’ll proceed to work to greatest fulfill our clients.”

Valve’s lately printed Steam Deck booklet was noticed final month referring to future iterations of Steam Deck, suggesting new {hardware} is being deliberate.

“Steam Deck represents the primary in a brand new class of handheld gaming PCs, Steam,” reads the booklet. “Valve will proceed to work on this product sooner or later, enhancing and iterating the {hardware} and software program, bringing new variations of the Steam Deck to market.”