Valve’s Steam Deck isn’t just a handheld game console, it’s proven that it can be used to program games.
During the entire pre-launch marketing process, Valve wanted to prove that the Steam Deck was more than just a Switch console. Of course gaming is still the primary purpose most people use it for, but with the Steam Deck supporting Windows as well, Valve is continuing to push the idea that it’s more of a portable PC. The device essentially offers all the versatility of a standard home computer, and some have pointed out that it’s even possible to develop games using the Steam Deck.
A recent tweet from Valve designer Lawrence Yang pointed out that YouTuber Tranasus used the Steam Deck not only to create a very simple game using the device, but also to add it to his Steam library. Although the game he actually created was very basic, just a simple cube moving around an open field, the whole idea behind the experiment was to show that it was possible to use the system to develop develop and upload games. Tranasus believes that the Steam Deck is therefore a viable alternative to a regular PC, especially since it is cheaper than a complete PC.
The Steam Deck also shows that it can do everything a home computer can do. With just a Bluetooth keyboard and Steam Deck, Tranasus says, anyone interested in programming can use it just like using a laptop. The system is so diverse that some users have even modified their devices, with one swapping out the Steam Deck’s SSD for a larger SSD, although physical editing is discouraged by Valve because it may cause problems.
Since its launch in February, the Steam Deck has proven to be quite popular. Valve has in fact ramped up Steam Deck production, which is something the company planned to do from the start. Units are expected to double every week, and the company has also begun fulfilling pre-orders in its third quarter.
Despite Valve’s past failed attempts at hardware production, the Steam Deck has finally shown that a developer has the ability to make an impact beyond the world of game software. Of course, the company’s Steam app will probably always be the biggest earner, but having a mobile system capable of taking a gamer’s game library anywhere would be great. lots of gamers.