The Evolution Of The Steam Deck From Prototypes To The Final Product 

These prototypes are still working, but they are not powered by the custom AMD Aerith APU found in the current Deck.
(credit: Steam)

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When people think of Valve, they immediately think of Counter-Strike, Half-Life, and Steam. They released some hardware in the past, but none of it was as successful as what they released recently, the Steam Deck. Everyone wants one. It is the ultimate portable gaming PC.

The Verge reported that a member of the Steam Deck team, Pierre-Loup Griffais, showcased working prototypes of the Steam Deck at a press event.

As you can see, the prototypes retained a similar shape to the current Steam Deck. But what was interesting was the circular trackpad that bears some similarity to the discontinued Steam Controller.

(credit: Steam)

Griffais also showed off the same model booting Half-Life 2’s opening sequence and an experimental version of SteamOS, proving that the majority of the prototypes are still working.

It is always interesting to see working prototypes of gaming hardware and what changes they make along the way. Because of the immense popularity and support for the handheld, Valve has announced they are planning to release Steam Deck 2 in the future.

This is a multi-generational product line. Valve will support Steam Deck and SteamOS well into the foreseeable future. We will learn from the Steam community about new uses for our hardware that we haven’t thought of yet, and we will build new versions to be even more open and capable than the first version of Steam Deck has been.


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