Valve Praises Switch: “It’s Just A Great Product From Nintendo”

Valve offices are seemingly filled with Switch consoles.

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  • Valve product designer Greg Coomer has appeared in an interview and praised the Switch consoles.
  • Coomer claimed that “it’s just a great product from Nintendo” that is praised by devs and gamers alike.
  • The interview took place just ahead of Valve’s Steam Deck OLED reveal, which improves in many facets.

The relationship between Valve and Nintendo concerning their portable consoles—Steam Deck and Nintendo Switch— seems to be quite synergistic. The Valve product designer Greg Coomer recently appeared in an interview with The Washington Post and iterated his take on the Nintendo Switch. Greg also stated Valve’s current stance with the Switch and how it has played a role in evolving portable console gaming over the years.

[The Switch OLED] definitely showed people that the fidelity of an OLED screen is just generally higher. It’s just a great product from Nintendo that makes a ton of customers around the world super happy,” said Coomer.

Greg also clarified that Valve offices are filled to the brim with the Switch consoles. In other words, most employees reportedly enjoy playing Nintendo titles like everyone else in the gaming ecosystem. The Nintendo console was primarily praised for the usage of the OLED panel in the Switch. Now, other consoles have used OLED screens in the past, but no one has pushed the tech as much as the little giant over the years.

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During the interview, the interviewer and reviewer Gene Park clarified that the newly announced Steam Deck OLED model has been a massive upgrade. Spending a week with the new system eventually compelled the reviewer to shelve away his base Steam Deck model as a backup.

Gene also mentioned on Twitter that modern and heavy-budget titles like Cyberpunk 2077 and Lies of P could run for 4-5 hours with the newly improved battery life. The colors of Cyberpunk 2077 look much more fleshed-out when it comes to neon signs and the black nights. Switch OLED model, on the other hand, has also been a huge success and likely a major inspiration for the new Steam Deck variant. 

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Steam Deck OLED will be available from November 16th. It will come with a plethora of improvements over the base model. It brings “a high dynamic range OLED screen, longer-lasting battery, faster downloads, and much more.” Valve has also previously iterated in an interview with IGN that it wants to release Steam Deck 2 as soon as possible, but the tech is not there yet. It is at least two or three years away.  

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Shameer Sarfaraz is a Senior News Writer on eXputer who loves to keep up with the gaming and entertainment industries devoutly. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and several years of experience reporting on games. Besides his passion for breaking news stories, Shahmeer loves spending his leisure time farming away in Stardew Valley. VGC, IGN, GameSpot, Game Rant, TheGamer, GamingBolt, The Verge, NME, Metro, Dot Esports, GameByte, Kotaku Australia, PC Gamer, and more have cited his articles.

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