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In an interview with IGNNewell explained that he sees the Steam Deck as the start of a new “product category” and hopes other PC makers will join in.
“Our point of view is, if we do this right, that we’re going to sell them in millions of units,” Newell said.
“And that’s clearly going to establish a product category that we and other PC makers are going to be able to participate in. And that’s going to have long term benefits for us. So that’s sort of the framework in which we think about this.
Newell also revealed his intentions behind the relatively affordable price, saying the process of establishing a value for the Steam Deck was “painful.” He said the company had to be “very aggressive” in terms of pricing, citing price performance as “one of the critical factors in the mobile space”.
Scalpers have already started selling reservation slots to purchase the Steam Deck, with some showing twice the value of the console’s actual price on eBay. These prices are purely for a reservation, rather than for a full console.
The Steam Deck has received an overall positive reception since its announcement, detailing the benefits of a console designed for PC gamers. Valve is also committed to removing joystick drift, an issue that has plagued handheld consoles lately.
One issue Valve is looking to address ahead of the Steam Deck launch in December 2021 is the fact that half of Steam’s most popular games won’t be able to run on the console due to anti-cheat software limitations.