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 price a watch to see Newell and developer Pierre-Loup Griffais focus on the motivation behind creating an “open” gadget (with Newell mentioning that you possibly can hook up an Oculus Quest to it in the event you needed), together with what discussions inside Valve led to the system’s improvement. IGN additionally has a write-up summarizing the interview in the event you’d quite 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 Sequence 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] appears like the best development for the place we’re going with Half-Life.”

For these curious about Valve and the Steam Deck, this interview is effectively price a watch. To paraphrase Newell speaking concerning the Steam Deck: you’ll know if it is for you fairly shortly.