According to current reports, it should Valve work on a handheld with which you will soon be able to use your Steam games on the go. In the data of the latest Steam-Version hints of a “SteamPal” can be found, which has already appeared under the code name “Neptune”. “Neptune Optimized Games” was also mentioned again and again. In the end, however, it was assumed that it might be a new controller.
In essence, Valve wants to bring a mobile PC on the market that will be equipped with a Linux operating system. The device should be visually reminiscent of a Nintendo Switch – including a touchscreen and a permanently attached controller on both sides of the hardware. In contrast to the Joy-Con on the Nintendo Switch, the controller parts cannot be removed. The publication is apparently planned for the end of the year. The name “SteamPal” is probably not yet final.
In addition to the traditional buttons, shoulder buttons and analog sticks of a controller, Valve would also like to accommodate a touchpad on the device. The handheld can then also be connected to other devices via USB. However, it is unclear whether the company is also planning a docking station, which is available on the Nintendo Switch, for example. Details of the installed hardware have not yet been revealed either.
A few weeks ago, Valve boss Gabe Newell indicated in a Q&A that by the end of the year we would have a better idea of what the future of Valve looks like on consoles. It is possible that Newell was referring to the mysterious Steam Pal here. What do you think of such a device? Would you buy it to play Steam games on the go?
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