Pricing for Steam Deck was one of Valve’s main goals when designing the device.
This Steam deck After some leaks occurred earlier this year, it was officially announced on Thursday. Valve announced three versions of Steam Deck, all features are similar except for storage capacity and speed.
Although putting high-performance components into the Steam Deck is Valve’s top priority, the company also pays close attention to cost performance. In an interview with IGN, Valve boss Gabe Newell stated that achieving this balance correctly is “one of the key factors in the mobile space.”
“I want to pick it up and say,’Oh, everything worked. It’s all fast. Everything is…’ Then the price point is secondary and painful,” Newell said. “But first of all performance and experience, [that] It is the biggest and most basic constraint that drives this. “
“We know the price point is very important, so […] From the very beginning, we considered this and we worked very, very hard to reach the price point we were at,” Valve’s hardware director Shreya Liu revealed in another interview.
Newell added that Valve’s goal is to establish a new product category in the ecosystem that it and other companies can build on for many years. Steam Deck is also a test that proves that expanding the PC space to handheld computers is valuable to consumers and game developers.
“Our view is-if we get it right-we will sell these products in millions of units, and obviously we will create a product category in which we and other PC manufacturers can participate, and this will help us Brings long-term benefits,” Newell explained.
“We think it makes sense to move on at this price point. We don’t have some matching ratios. We don’t say, “Oh, and then we have to sell eight games for each game, otherwise it’s meaningless. “Our calculations are more about, “Is this the right product? Is it a good way to test the hypothesis that for gamers and game developers, expand the PC ecosystem in this direction? The system is of great value? “This is the real test, more important than anything else.”
Steam Deck will start shipping in December.
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