The manual gives us a big clue about the future of the Steam Deck.
Valve is, without a doubt, one of the largest companies in the video game industry, and it could not be for less, since we find the developer responsible for great successes such as the Half Life and Portal sagas, as well as being the mother of the most recognized PC video game store of all: Steam. Above all, being the owner of this store has managed to place it in the showcase for a long time, and although in recent years they have not been so actively dedicated to video game development (except for Half Life Alyx), yes they have decided to jump into the field of hardware.
Valve has launched many hardware elements dedicated to gamers, highlighting until a few months ago the Valve Index, that is, the virtual reality glasses of this company. However, this is just one example, because this company has launched from controls, until more recently a portable console: the Steam Deck. Curiously, despite the fact that it is still quite difficult to obtain, due to the lack of stock, in the manual of the console there is a hint that could indicate the future release of other versions.
The manual gives us the key
It is necessary to mention, before getting to the heart of the matter, that this is information that comes in the official manual of the original Steam Deck so, although Valve has not commented on it, it is real information and not any rumor. Despite this, what can be somewhat debatable is the interpretation, although that is at the discretion of each one.
Specifically, the manual for the Steam Deck refers to it as “a multi-generational product line”, also making it clear that “Valve will follow up the product with software and hardware improvements in the future”. Likewise, in case this was not enough, it is made clear that “Valve will continue to support Steam Deck and SteamOS“.
This information makes it clear that Valve plans to continue developing hardware for the Steam Deck brand, while also supporting the development of enhancements to its software. This comes to alleviate to a certain extent, the fears of many Steam Deck users, since Valve is known for giving little support time to its hardware parts.