Yesterday, dataminers spotted some curious new code strings in Steam, pointing to a new device called ‘SteamPal', as well as a new controller codenamed ‘Neptune'. Now, more sources have spoken out on what Valve is working on, reinforcing the theory that Valve is working on a handheld console of sorts.
Multiple sources familiar with the matter spoke with Arstechnica, claiming that this is an all-in-one, handheld PC with gamepad controls and a touchscreen. Many similar devices have hit crowdfunding platforms recently, as PC gaming enthusiasts chase the Nintendo Switch form factor.
While sources haven't revealed any technical specifications for the device, such as the CPU or GPU, we are told that Valve is using USB-C and is working on a docking solution so that the device can be hooked up to larger displays.
The other piece of information we have is that Valve is targeting Linux. SteamOS has taken a back seat in recent years, but Valve's efforts to bring PC gaming to Linux have not – Steam Proton being the prime example of this. Unfortunately, the SteamPal is still in the prototyping stage, so it could be quite some time before official announcements are made. Gabe Newell recently stated that Valve has more plans for console gaming, which should be announced by the end of this year, but it is also worth keeping in mind that Valve is not afraid of delays or cancellations, so plenty could change over the coming months.
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KitGuru Says: What do you all think of this SteamPal concept? Is it something you would buy?