7 things I’d like to see in the Steam Deck 2 | Gaming

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Undoubtedly, the Steam Deck and its success was a pivotal point in gaming. It’s not the first gaming handheld by a longshot, but it is the one that injected some much-needed life into the market and encouraged competitors to follow with their own answer to PC gaming on the go. Since the Steam Deck’s launch we’ve seen devices like the ROG Ally and the Lenovo Legion Go which in some areas perform better than the Steam Deck, and I’m sure Valve have been watching with interest as they formulate their plans for the Steam Deck 2.

While the argument of the Steam Deck vs the Lenovo Legion Go and Steam Deck vs ROG Ally rages on among consumers, I’ve already made up my mind. My heart remains with the Steam Deck and, by extension, the Steam Deck OLED, which I purchased last year for my partner. It’s not a perfect device by any means, but Valve certainly could get closer to achieving perfection with the Steam Deck 2. Here is my personal wish list for what I’d like to see in the Steam Deck sequel, and what will implore me to upgrade from my OG LCD model.

1. Better performance for AAA titles

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Right now, as much as I love my Steam Deck, I use it for playing less power-hungry games. It’s not that it can’t play AAA games, it’s just other handhelds do it better.

I still have a vast library to choose from, and I have played big titles like Baldur’s Gate 3, which is absolutely fine overall, but not without making huge sacrifices in the graphical department to get it to run effectively. It took a lot of trial and error with the settings for this game, and I still wasn’t happy with how it looked compared to the experience of just booting up on my Xbox. Many have reported issues with titles like Starfield in big cities. Regarding the more graphically intense games, alternatives like the ROG Ally drastically outperform the Steam Deck due…

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