Gabe Newell says Steam Deck Price was “Painful” but “Critical”

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Valve announced the Steam Deck this morning, a brand new device that makes the entire Steam library portable. At $399 for the 64 GB version, the cheapest version will be $50 more than the upcoming Nintendo Switch OLED — expensive by traditional handheld gaming standards, but positively affordable in light of it functionally being a portable gaming PC.

 

Speaking with IGN, Valve president Gabe Newell talked about the need to be “very aggressive” in terms of pricing, characterizing price performance as “one of the critical factors in the mobile space.” He said that the top priority was to make sure that PC players are able to pick up the Steam Deck and feel like it works perfectly, but that price was also very much on Valve’s mind when it developed the new device.

  • Source: IGN
  • July 16, 2021
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