New Steam Deck e-Book Lays Out Valve’s Long-Term Imaginative and Prescient

On Thursday, Valve released a digital “booklet” all about Steam Deck, Steam and the company itself. Valve says they’re releasing the book ahead of Steam Deck’s launch in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kongbut the book also arrived on the six-month anniversary when Valve emailed the first order allows people to buy their Steam Decks.

This 52-page ebook is free, and if you’re interested in Valve or the Steam Deck, I recommend flipping through it. Not only are there several pages filled with Steam Deck prototypes, but you can also read about Valve’s ambitions for the Steam Deck in his own words.

Perhaps the most notable part is that Valve is committed to Steam Deck and SteamOS as “multi-generational product lines.” Valve calls Steam Deck a “multi-generational category” in the pastbut the company goes a step further with what it prints in the book (and since it’s printed in the book, it must be much more official):

After all, this is a multi-generational product line. Valve will support Steam Deck and SteamOS well in the future. We’ll be learning from the Steam community about new uses for our hardware that we haven’t thought of yet, and we’ll be building a new version to be more open and capable than the first Steam Deck version.

After reading that, I’m already looking forward to Steam Deck 3, though hopefully the third entry of a certain video game series arrived before it happened.

Valve also shared some interesting numbers about Steam, such as there are more than 130 million active players on Steam each month and more than 30,000 titles on the platform. And at the publication of the book, Valve said that more than 4,500 titles have “Verified” or “Playable” Designation for Steam Deckwhich means that about 15 percent of all games on Steam are at least considered “Playable”.

Since the first order emails came out in February, Valve has increased its delivery volume, and on Wednesday, the company even said that some of its Q4 orders being bumped up to Q3. If you make a reservation today, Valve’s website says you won’t be able to order your device until sometime in Q4. But at the rate things have improved, hopefully it won’t be too long until your order email hits your inbox — and while you wait, Valve has a book you can read.

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