Thu, 27 May 2021

Valve reportedly working on a Steam console

Valve currently has several games under development confirms CEO Gabe Newell

CS:GO developer Valve has been working on a new Steam console called "SteamPal", according to reports. This handheld device will run a large number of Steam games via Linux and it is likely to launch at the end of this year. At a panel conversation earlier this month, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell "You will get a better idea of that by the end of this year... and it won't be the answer you expect. You'll say, 'Ah-ha! Now I get what he was talking about.'"

SteamDB creator Pavel Djundik spotted new additions in Steam's code that pointed towards "SteamPal", it seems to be related to a previously discovered term "Neptune". He also found, what looks like, references to the quick access and power menu button. The system settings in the update also include an airplane mode. 

Nothing can be said for sure though. This is not the first time Valve is trying to develop something in the video games hardware area. Valve's upcoming console will likely be similar to the Nintendo Switch. It will have gamepad buttons, triggers, a pair of joysticks, a thumb-sized touchpad, and a touch-sensitive screen.

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