Friday, September 17th, 2021

Valve responds to the comparison of “Switch Vs Steam Deck” and insists on “pursuing” different audiences


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After launching Switch OLED earlier this month, Valve announced its new handheld device Steam Deck.

Due to the similarity in design (and many memes), it has undergone a lot of comparisons with Nintendo’s hybrid system, and now some members of the Valve team have specifically shared their views on this with IGN.The point of driving home is different, Designer Greg Coomer reiterated how Steam Deck is chasing the market that has been attached to the Steam library. In IGN’s words, it’s a “high-end PC game.”

“We try to make all the decisions that are truly targeted at this audience in Steam Deck and serve customers who are already interacting with games on that platform on our platform. This is really a decision on how we make our way… We ended up with a device that has some features in common with the Switch in appearance, but this is just… this is the product of how we proceeded in the design direction.”

Programmer Pierre-Loup Griffis emphasized how to increase players’ participation in Valve’s Steam library. Valve co-founder Gabe Newell believes that users will immediately know whether Steam Deck is suitable for them (or whether they should stick to Nintendo Switch), and take them from them. From the moment it started:

“So I think Nintendo has done a great job targeting the audience of the content they have. It will be different. Just like you choose this one. [Steam Deck] For people who are used to expensive game controllers, it feels more like ergonomics, right? Because it is larger and bulkier than the Switch. If we are right, it is to make the right trade-offs for the audience we are after.

“Let me put it this way… If you are a gamer and you pick up a Switch, and then you pick up one of them, you will know which one is right for you, right? And you’ll Know it in 10 seconds.”

What is your opinion on the current Steam Deck? Do you think you belong to Valve’s target audience? Tell us below.