The Steam Deck has been a stunning success so far, but many gamers have wondered if the device will receive an upgrade soon. However, while it seems that Valve is more than willing to introduce a new version of the Deck, the company wants you to know that replacing the screen with an OLED is not as easy as you might think.
Speaking to PC Gamer, Valve coder Pierre-Loup Griffais said that Valve “understands the limitations” of the Deck, especially the screen. Though Valve is considering “all avenues” for potentially improving it, he noted that swapping out a screen isn’t just a matter of physically replacing one for the other.
“I think people are looking at things like an incremental version and assume that it’s an easy drop-in,” Griffais said in part. “But in reality, the screen’s at the core of the device. Everything is anchored to it. Basically everything is architected around everything when you’re talking about a device that small. I think it would be a bigger amount of work than people are assuming it would be.”
So far, Valve has not indicated whether or not the Deck will receive an incremental upgrade (comparable to the OLED Nintendo Switch) or a total rebuild with better specs across the board. However, this interview would seem to indicate that the latter is more likely.