Valve can really sneak up on you. Just out of nowhere announce a new device. And more so, a device weâ€™ll see this year. Usually for console reveals or announcements, youâ€™ll get a headâ€™s up that something is coming or something will leak or youâ€™ll get some sort of vague hints that lead to major speculation and even more disappointment.
Not with Valve. Surprise, hereâ€™s a handheld PC!! Itâ€™s a thing you didnâ€™t expect because itâ€™s something that wasnâ€™t on anyoneâ€™s radar. And yeah, the thing looks like a Switch. Okay, it REALLY looks like a Switch, but I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s the competition. I donâ€™t think Valve looked at the other consoles out there and picked one to try and compete with. They just noticed something missing and made something to fill it. Theyâ€™ve done it before in the past and the results…arenâ€™t the greatest. About the only thing that survived from their previous product launches was the controller. And thatâ€™s a stretch, I think, to say it survived. And this isnâ€™t to say what they made was garbage, it just didnâ€™t grab on to the public enough to last – or even get updated.
I want the Steam Deck to work. I want it to thrive and succeed and be amazing. And then I want a second version down the line that works even better. And a third. And fourth. And then get some competition with other models. Weâ€™ll have to wait until later in the year though to get an idea of how this might play out. But Iâ€™m hopeful.
In the meantime, Ubisoft, itâ€™s been 2,888 days since the last Splinter Cell release (non-animated series or guest spot in another game franchise or VR exclusive).