While Valve is still working on fulfilling Steam Deck orders for folks who reserved one last year, it’s not too early to start thinking about a potential Steam Deck 2.

After all, Valve itself has confirmed that new Steam Decks are coming, referring to the handheld gaming PC as a “multi-generational product line” with “improvements and iterations to hardware and software.” And although I’m personally a satisfied Steam Deck user, I can imagine plenty of ways in which Valve might improve the hardware in future versions.

So let’s indulge in a bit of wishful thinking. Based on my experience with the Steam Deck so far, here’s what I’d love to see in next-generation Steam Deck hardware:

The basic stuff

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Let’s get the obvious improvements out of the way first: A next-generation Steam Deck should be faster, more battery efficient, and perhaps a bit smaller and lighter.

This may seem like no small feat given what Valve has achieved with its existing hardware—it’s a portable gaming PC that flawlessly runs Elden Ring, after all—but keep in mind that the Deck’s custom AMD APU is based on Zen 2 architecture dating back to 2020. A jump to Zen 3+ (or even Zen 4) seams feasible and would give future Steam Decks room to improve both performance and battery life.

Improved thumbstick ergonomics

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When I’m holding the Steam Deck, my thumbs always want to rest slightly outside the space where the actual thumbsticks reside, closer to my hands. Although game controller comfort can vary from one person to the next, I suspect anyone who’s accustomed to holding an
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