Im in love with Valves Steam Deck TGSbooth

Im in love with Valves Steam Deck TGSbooth

Following a solo launch event that included several viable Steam Deck prototypes, the Steam Deck booth was refurbished by Valve, completely unaware of how often I would notice it a few days later. At the same time, the steam deck booth at TGS might be the finest event booth Ive ever seen.

Im sorry! Look at it, even without the Big Deck, which comes with a suitable, functioning screen, it''s a stunning bit of exhibition design. The sprawling, cooly lit space; the neat racks of demo units; the fact that there are actual seats? Incredible. Bet they have even had bottled water that isnt sparkling.

As you may induce, booths like these are not the norm. In my time, Ive never met feet around a few tech shows, and the usual thing when it comes to testing a piece of hardware is thus: you show up to a booth that already has too many people in it for its size, move to an area where the demo kit is thinnest, maneuver awkwardly for a few minutes, then move to a completely different area of crowd anyway because a YouTuber is here and wants everyone to stand

After seeing booths like the Steam Decks, you may have written more hands-on experiences. A video from Valve designer Lawrence Yang shows a much more civilised visit experience, beginning with a pleasant walk into the main area, finishing with playing a Steam Deck on your choice of other seating options. After the only waiting period, everyone can be able to help themselves to a real one to try. No free-for-alls, no stress, no tripods. Heaven.

Walk in and get a swag bag- Watch a quick video- Grab a Steam Deck off the wall- Find a seat, have fun! pic.twitter.com/IATLKrOMit

Look how organized it is! We Brits have spent the past two days pinning ourselves on the backs for an (admittedly very lengthy) queue to see Queen Liz, but the sight of 150 random TGS goers wandering neatly past the demo decks is still the most spectacular display of politeness logistics Ive ever seen this week. And again, thats enabled by the booth, in all its spacious, pleasant, white-and-blue glory. No wonder Hideo Kojima stopped by.

The only thing I dislike about this booth is its ability to manifest deep seated frustrations, particularly in myself. Since RPS has leased EGX, Katharine, and I (mainly Katharine) have been signing a Steam Deck demo stand for EGX London next week. I am not sure how big or bright it will be, but between us and reader, even a second-hand view of Valves effort makes me wonder how ours will go. However, if you get to go and see me, please

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