- Jan 31, 2018
Yeah, that's hard to say right. SteamDeck might end like Steam Machines or might find some success.But that’s if the Deck is a mainstream success which I just don’t see happening.
On one hand it is essentially a portable PC, so as long as you have a place with the monitor, keyboard and mouse it can be convenient. But on the other hand with the modern laptops and tablets, the market it is chasing might not even exist. Unlike other portables, SteamDeck is essentially PC so it does not have the unique features or games that can entice the consumers. Like why have SteamDeck if you have a laptop for example?
I tried both XCloud and Stadia and both of them worked for me better than my own laptop who was not strong enough to handle modern games (it doesn't even have SSD). As long as it is good enough, the general consumer won't care. Just like it won't care about 24 fps vs 30 fps vs 60 fps, shadow resolution and the amount of polygons. General consumer is also not the graphics purist, doesn't engage in holy wars, where people dying over fps drops in certain scenesWrong. It will ALWAYS be inferior. It will be passable, but it will never be a 0 input lag or latency difference than playing off native hardware.
It is also funny regarding the latency because we literally have videos with various controllers having different latency even locally and people arguing over wireless vs wired connection (where the general consumer will go mostly after wireless because it is literally more convenient). All that streaming needs is to be decent and depending on the region - it already is.
Well some people still buy vinyls but that's extremely niche. In movies will still have blu-rays and it is also niche these days. We will probably have collector's editions for example. But it will be also niche. Just like the physical on PC, that essentially died. Internet access increases, internet speed increases, people like digital and they will love streaming eventually.The option to buy and play off native hardware will always be an option through our lifetime. And the serious gaining enthusiasts will opt for that whenever possible. Just like today we look for certain television or TV settings to ensure as little latency as possible.
Also regarding TV latency, it is also enthusiastic market where you can ask a random person on the street, and he won't tell the refresh rate, much less latency.