Given the Steam Deck’s popularity, it’s no surprise Valve would want to follow up with a new edition or possibly a complete sequel.
It’s still early, but a sequel would be a step forward for mobile PC gaming, requiring more current hardware. With AMD preparing to release RDNA 3 this year, word on the street is that if Valve releases a new version of their portable system, it will be based on AMD’s future hardware.
This is the case, according to disclosed sources on Moore’s Law Is Dead YouTube channel. AMD seems to be interested in pairing a Ryzen APU with a possible new Steam Deck.
The chip might have Zen 4 and RDNA 3 architectures in this situation. According to the video, this “Little Phoenix” APU will feature four cores and eight threads. It might deliver a 10-20% rise in rates over existing RDNA 2 technology.
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It’s worth noting that there hasn’t been any official announcement from Valve on a possible Steam Deck 2. Because the present model has only been available for a few months and many people are still waiting for theirs, it’s doubtful that a new system is now being developed.
Given the success of this version, a follow-up might be in the works, as previously stated. Because AMD’s RDNA 2 technology drives the Steam Deck, a successor would almost certainly use AMD’s APUs, making sense for Valve to want to use current architectures in its newest products.
The Steam Deck now has thousands of compatible games, and that number is growing all the time. While it’s mainly a gaming console, one of its most significant selling advantages is that it’s also a fully working portable PC, akin to the desktop computers most people use at home. It even enables users to factory reset their devices to install a new operating system such as Windows.
In reality, Windows is now supported by Steam Deck. While it was initially marketed as a direct rival to the Nintendo Switch, it has distinguished itself from other handheld platforms.
And, if the Steam Deck’s popularity continues, a follow-up powered by future AMD architectures is something that many people would be excited to see come to reality.