2022 will be the first year of the Steam Deck

Apple isn’t a multi-billion-dollar tech giant today because it came up with some ideas first. Apple didn’t invent the MP3 player, but the iPod dominated because it had better design, better aesthetics, and better advertising. Apple didn’t invent the smartphone, but the iPhone beat nascent competitors with better hardware and a superior touch interface. Being the first has never been as important as showing off those brands and designing muscle to make others look old and broken.

I think Valve has its own iPod moment in 2022. The Steam Deck wasn’t the first portable gaming PC, but it could change everything.