The Steam Deck is still fresh out of the oven. Less than a week since its global launch, a lot of people are already hailing the portable device as a formidable competitor to the Nintendo Switch. Valve, of course, agrees with the assessment and has laid out some plans for an eventual sequel to the device. Despite how early Valve is into the first device’s life cycle, the company has confirmed that a Steam Deck 2 is happening.
In an interview with EDGE Magazine (and spotted by PC Gamer), Valve president Gabe Newell has confirmed that, at the very least, the company is already thinking about a second device. Citing his surprise that the most premium variant of the Steam Deck is selling remarkably well, Newell explains that the device’s success “helps frame [Valve’s] thinking for Deck 2.”
According to Newell, a sequel will likely expand on the Deck’s performance capabilities, potentially outing a device akin to a Steam Deck Pro. Upping the Deck’s specs makes a lot of sense. PC gaming is an almost constant progression, outing upgraded specs at a regular yearly clip.
“The second iterations are going to be more about: What are the capabilities that mobile gives us, above and beyond what you would get in a traditional desktop or laptop?” Newell adds. Besides performance, the sequel will also focus on mobility, a key selling point for the rivalling Switch.
However, as mentioned above, it’s still pretty early into the Deck’s young life cycle. Though Valve is already talking about a second device, it will likely take a while before more concrete plans materialize.
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Grand Theft Auto VI gets its first-ever trailer
Coming in 2025
Sometimes, Christmas comes early. Despite scheduling its release for December 5, Rockstar Games has uploaded the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto VI more than 12 hours earlier than expected.
Available now through its official platforms, the first trailer reveals our first official look at the next major entry in the legendary Grand Theft Auto franchise. As expected, the sixth title will be set in the sunny shores of Vice City, a locale that hasn’t seen a revival in major platforms yet. Whereas the fifth game’s setting was a version of California, Vice City will take on modern-day Florida and all its various hijinks.
As was spoiled through major leaks in the past, Grand Theft Auto VI will feature two main protagonists, Lucia (the franchise’s first female lead) and Jason. The trailer focuses mostly on Lucia who ends up in prison at the start of the trailer. Based on the depictions in the trailer, the game will focus on the duo’s chase for the better life (through illegal ways, of course) in Vice City.
Besides the duo, Vice City will have sunny beaches, swamps, bike gang, mud clubs, hot cars, and crazy animals. It’s a departure from the Miami-Vice-like depiction in the original Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Instead, it will represent the city in a more contemporary fashion. Social media seems to be a prime focus, too; various fictional video platforms are in the spotlight in the trailer.
And now for the meaty part. The trailer ends with a release window (finally): 2025. Grand Theft Auto VI will arrive, at least, on the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X|S. A PC version is still unconfirmed, but it’s likely arriving on the platform, too.
Cyberpunk 2077 will get a final major update tomorrow
Introducing the subway system and radioport
Earlier this year, CD Projekt Red rolled out one of the biggest turnarounds in recent gaming history. After suffering an ill-fated launch back in 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 received a massive 2.0 update that transformed the title from an undeniable failure to a must-play RPG. This month, the game continues its redemption tour with the upcoming 2.1 update.
Tomorrow, CD Projekt Red is shipping a substantial 2.1 update to introduce several highly requested features, quality-of-life improvements, and bug fixes. One of these changes is the introduction of the NCART metro system, which lets users ride the subway to get around Night City. A notable feature seen in prelaunch trailers, the subway system has been a long time coming. The system features 19 different stations across five subway lines.
Players are also getting a new radioport feature. Starting with the 2.1 update, players can continue to listen to the in-game radio outside of riding vehicles. Currently, the in-game radio is available only when inside a vehicle. Exiting naturally cuts off the music playing.
With the update, players can also replay the game’s racing missions for additional eddies and Autofixer discounts.
Capping off the list of major inclusions, players will soon be able to invite their love interests to their apartments. They can hang out with them after concluding their respective romance missions.
Besides these, the update will include a lot of minor fixes and improvements. Unfortunately, especially if your most requested feature isn’t on this list, the 2.1 update will be the last substantial one for Cyberpunk 2077. The studio’s focus will now shift to the game’s sequel and upcoming games set in The Witcher universe.
Cyberpunk 2077 2.1 will start rolling out on December 5 for all platforms.
The GameSir G8 Galileo is great for PS Remote Play
While we wait for the PlayStation Portal
We happen to be in a region where the PlayStation Portal has yet to be released. Good thing, PS Remote Play is available and GameSir has a controller you can hook up to your smartphone that’s readily compatible. Enter the GameSir G8 Galileo.
You might not see it right away, but the biggest difference with the G8 Galileo compared to other smartphone controllers (even the ones GameSir made themselves) is it’s actually full size.
Most smartphone controllers prioritize portability. Thus, they’re more compact. That means smaller face buttons, smaller thumbsticks, and generally smaller overall profile.
Usable, sure. But not exactly ideal for people with chubby hands like yours truly.
This is also one of the primary reasons why, despite owning a Backbone One, I’ve rarely used it for its intended purpose. And the reason why the PlayStation Portal is appealing to me.
The GameSir G8 Galileo changes all of that because of its size. It’s also not just larger. Its ergonomics are great too. Your hands will sit nicely on the nice, curved handles for a more comfortable, more enjoyable handheld gaming session.
PS Remote Play
Another big area of convenience is you don’t necessarily have to have the GameSir app to make it work. Simply download the PS Remote Play app, register, and fire it up.
To make sure it’s on PS Remote Play compatible mode, just press the Share and Options buttons simultaneously. Those are the tiny buttons on the left and right hand side of the controllers right above the left thumb stick and the face buttons.
Upon pressing simultaneously, make sure the color on the GameSir logo on the lower right part of the controller is white. That’s how you know it’s on PS Remote Play mode.
Once done, just easily plug-in your smartphone with a USB-C port on GameSir’s signature flexible USB-C plug and off you go.
Actual play time
Here’s a quick Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 gameplay using the GameSir G8 Galileo along with the HONOR Magic5 Pro with Remote Play:
— rodneil (@rodneilquiteles) November 30, 2023
This under a minute clip, naturally, isn’t representative of the entire Remote Play experience. Anyone who has tried it before knows that with extended play time, you’ll likely experience a few hiccups here and there. That’s just the nature of the beast.
That said, this whole set-up has been generally great. Other than Spider-Man 2, I’ve managed to play a handful of quick NBA 2K24 games like this. I still racked up a handful of wins despite suffering from occasional latency trouble.
The feel of the controller is fantastic and is easily the most enjoyable out of every other smartphone controller that I’ve tried before. And I’ve tried a few other than the Backbone One. There’s the GameSir X3, GameSir X2 Pro-Xbox, and the Razer Kishi V2.
Compatible games, mapping
Depending on the platform you’re on, the GameSir G8 Galileo will work on multiple other games. If you’re an iPhone 15 Series user, Remote Play, select Apple Arcade games, and even the AAA games set to release for that iPhone will work with this controller.
For Android users, it’s the usual handful of controller supported games that will work with this. For everything else, you’ll have to resort to mapping — a task for those with patience.
You can buy the GameSir G8 Galileo here: https://bit.ly/gsg8galileo
Use G8Creator on the Coupon Code for 10% off.
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