The Steam Deck has been the talk of the town lately and for good reason. Ever since it was announced, many of us have been quick to compare it to the Nintendo Switch, however, Valve has come to set the record straight, and they also addressed the 30FPS talk too!
According to an interview with IGN, designer Greg Coomer reiterated how the Steam Deck was chasing a market that’s already attached to the Steam library:
“We tried to make all the decisions really in Steam Deck that targeted that audience and that served the customers that were already having a good time interacting with the games that are on that platform, on our platform. That really was how we were making our decisions…We’ve ended up with a device that cosmetically shares some traits with a Switch, but that just was… it’s kind of an artifact of how we’ve proceeded down the design direction.”
Programmer Pierre-Loup Griffais also added that their focus was on enhancing player engagement with Valve’s Steam library and that Valve co-founder Gabe Newell believes users will immediately know if the Steam Deck is right for them:
“So I think Nintendo does a great job targeting the audience they do with the content that they have. And that’s going to be different. Like when you pick this [Steam Deck] up, it feels much more like the ergonomics for somebody who’s used to playing with an expensive game controller, right? Because it’s bigger and it’s bulkier than a Switch. And if we’re right, that’s the right trade-off to be making for the audience that we’re going after.
“Let me put it this way… If you’re a gamer, and you pick up a Switch, and you pick up one of these, you’re going to know which one is right for you, right? And you’re going to know it within 10 seconds.”
Now in regards to the 30FPS talk that has some fans concerned, Valve’s Pierre-Loup Griffais addresses concerns regarding the Steam Deck ‘targeting’ 30 FPS, clarifying what that means for PC gamers:
So in simpler terms, games tested on the Steam Deck have “consistently met and exceeded” that 30 FPS target. That’s good to hear as it means for Steam Deck the minimum for most games are 30fps and not its maximum. That’s good to hear. What do you guys think?