Valve designer says they don't want the performance to come at a significant cost.
Valve's lead engineer, Pierre-Loup Griffais, who is managing the development of Steam Deck, shared at this year's Tokyo Game Show that the release of a next-generation Steam Deck with improved performance may not happen before 2025 or 2026. According to him, the company does not want to sacrifice the device's battery life for the sake of increasing its gaming power.
"It’s important to us that the Deck offers a fixed performance target for developers, and that the message to customers is simple, where every Deck can play the same games. As such, changing the performance level is not something we are taking lightly, and we only want to do so when there is a significant enough increase to be had," said Valve’s Pierre-Loup Griffais. "We also don’t want more performance to come at a significant cost to power efficiency and battery life. I don’t anticipate such a leap to be possible in the next couple of years, but we’re still closely monitoring innovations in architectures and fabrication processes to see where things are going there."
Previously, Griffais stated that Valve is satisfied with the gaming performance of the current Steam Deck. The company believes that the device will have enough power for the next couple of years, up until 2025.
It doesn't mean Valve doesn't have another device in the works – the company could also soon release a verison with a better screen or improved battery life, for example.