Just been wondering about the target audience here and thinking we have made a few too many assumptions.
I know, I know…
“But this device is cool, it will run most, if not all my steam library, and I can play it on the train or when I am away from home!”
“Isn’t it obvious who the target audience is? and it runs on top of Arch, how cool is that.”
Look I hear you, but I think Valve is making a bigger play here. Yes it is cool for these reasons, and I will definitely be purchasing one, for these reasons.
If steam isn’t compatible with all the steam library, or at least the majority of the Steam library then it is dead in the water. It needs to get the current steam players on board to get any traction. But ultimately this is a play for the mobile space.
Any other gamers out there who were excited to begin with about what iPads could do?
But as a gamer ended up being totally disappointed with what you could play on it?
I think the mobile market is huge, and if Steam can get into that space, then they would be crazy to miss the opportunity.
I think one of the bigger goals here is to break into the mobile market with PC hardware. Something that Microsoft has been trying to do, and failing for the last 10 years.
Where Steam Machines tried to compete against the consoles and failed. Steam Deck will compete against the Switch and against the mobile space. Because let’s face it, gaming on mobile devices sucks.
This is why Microsoft are not going to get in Valves way, because they recognise this as an opportunity.
So that is my two cents worth.
Feel free to tell me what you think.
Am going to get slammed here for stating the obvious.