Could a new version of Valve's Steam Deck be imminent? Fillings with the FCC suggest as much.
It seems that the new device we talked about last month, the 1030 as Valve calls it, could end up being a slightly revised version of the mighty Steam Deck.
Now, it's worth noting that we're not expecting anything too substantial here, especially as we were pretty explicitly told not to expect the Steam Deck 2 anytime soon, but small revisions can go a long way.
As reported by The Verge, it seems Valve actually put this new version of the Steam Deck through the FCC's certification almost two months ago on August 13th. It being shown to regulators means that it's got to be fairly close to being ready, and while we don't know what it could be capable of, we do know that it should, at the very least, include a new Wi-Fi card that should be capable of hitting the 6Ghz spectrum, thanks to a tweet from Brad Lynch.
The Verge report also states that "Lynch continues to find code snippets that suggest a wireless PC VR headset is also on the way," and the writer suggests we could be getting a double announcement on both devices. Given that the Steam Deck is only just a year and a half old, anything more substantial could be viewed as upsetting to us early adopters.
While revisions aren't unusual a few years into a console's life cycle, it's rare that it's this quick. Either these upgrades are going to be quality-of-life things, the console is still a year or so out from release, or we're all about to be annoyed that we jumped in on the beta test for Valve's handheld PC. Those are all fun options, right? We'll be waiting for more news with anticipation, and we'll be keeping you updated with any more news as it comes up.