Watch Valve’s Gabe Newell clarify why the Steam Deck exists

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A uncommon interview with Newell, largely concerning the Steam Deck.

Valve president Gabe Newell has given a uncommon interview to IGN, the place he talks about why the corporate’s upcoming Steam Deck handheld exists and the philosophy the corporate had when designing it. The interview is value a watch to see Newell and developer Pierre-Loup Griffais talk about the motivation behind creating an “open” gadget (with Newell mentioning that you might hook up an Oculus Quest to it should you wished), together with what discussions inside Valve led to the system’s improvement. IGN additionally has a write-up summarizing the interview should you’d slightly learn than watch.

Newell additionally discusses the apparent comparability between the Steam Deck and the Nintendo Swap, saying Valve has chosen completely different trade-offs when creating its moveable gaming system. The interview covers extra subjects, like the way forward for work at Valve, Newell’s curiosity in medical analysis, and the way the corporate is making an attempt to keep away from the inventory issues which have plagued consoles just like the PS5, Xbox Collection X, and Swap. In fact, it wouldn’t be an interview with Gabe Newell if he wasn’t requested a query about Half-Life, which he solutions by saying that “[Half-Life: Alyx’s ending] seems like the best development for the place we’re going with Half-Life.”

For these focused on Valve and the Steam Deck, this interview is nicely value a watch. To paraphrase Newell speaking concerning the Steam Deck: you’ll know if it is for you fairly shortly.