For the Steam Deck, we know that AMD has done a lot of specific work for the console chip. And obviously the manufacturer would be working on a second version…
Will a second Steam Deck be developed? Currently, the APU used on the Valve console is a derivative of AMD’s Van Gogh chips. But acc Moore’s Law is dead
A rumor with a logical basis
The new APU in question would be codenamed Little Phoenix. And surprise or not, Phoenix Point is a range announced by the manufacturer a few days ago. So the connection is obvious and it would be a new chip derivative designed specifically for a new console from Valve. Little Phoenix would therefore be designed around the Zen 4 architecture for the CPU and RDNA 3 for the entire graphics part. A Steam deck 2.0?
A steam deck with more punch
In his video, Moore’s Law is Dead explicitly speaks of higher frequencies, namely 2 GHz compared to the current 1.6 GHz, as well as a more efficient memory interface. The chip would also be slightly smaller than the current version.
Finally, Moore’s Law is Dead mentions a release that could happen in 2023/2024. It obviously needs to be taken with a pinch of salt, but it seems quite consistent to update the Steam Deck console with new hardware, knowing the galloping developments in the field on the manufacturer side.
Especially since the Steam Deck is not only intended as a console, but also as a small gaming PC. And a PC… It updates!