Gabe Newell has said that he sees Steam Deck as the leader in a new category of PC-based handhelds that could have “long-term benefits” for Steam.
in an interview with IGN, Newell explained that he saw Steam Deck as the start of a new “product category,” and expects other PC makers to join in.
“We think, if we’re doing it right, that we’re going to sell these for millions of units,” Newell said.
“And that’s clearly going to set up a product category that myself and other PC makers are going to be able to participate in. And that’s going to have long-term benefits for us. So that’s kind of the frame in which we are going to be able to participate in this.” thinking about.”
Newell also revealed his intentions behind the relatively affordable price, saying that the process of settling on one price for the Steam deck was “painful.” He said the company needs to be “very aggressive” in terms of pricing, citing price performance as “one of the key factors in the mobile space.”
Scalpers have already started selling reservation slots to buy Steam decks, with some listing the price at twice the actual console price on eBay. These prices are for the reservation itself, not the full console.
Describing the benefits of consoles built for PC gamers, Steam Deck has had a generally positive reception since its announcement. Valve has also committed to eliminating joystick drift, an issue that has pervaded handheld consoles of late.
One problem Valve is looking to address ahead of Steam Deck’s December 2021 launch is the fact that half of Steam’s most popular games will be unable to run on consoles due to anti-cheat software limitations.