Well, that was quick. Theories about a Steam-powered portable console started to flow into earlier in the present day due to some curious ‘SteamPal’ listings on SteamDB, and now a sturdy report from Ars Technica suggests that Valve does, certainly, plan to construct a standalone gaming machine related in model to the Nintendo Switch.

“Videogame and hardware studio Valve has been secretly building a Switch-like portable PC designed to run a large number of games on the Steam PC platform via Linux – and it could launch, supply chain willing, by year’s end,” based on Ars Technica‘s report. The system would doubtless have the ability to hook up with a bigger monitor by way of USB-C, and have a mixture of conventional gamepad buttons and sticks, a contact display, and a Steam Controller-style touchpad.

You can get additional particulars on the present state of the prototypes in the complete report, however the vital factor to bear in thoughts is that every little thing is nonetheless topic to alter, and Valve has traditionally been unafraid of scrapping tasks completely even once they’re near launch.

The SteamPal, or no matter it finally ends up being known as, appears to be the reply to Gabe Newell’s latest tease about Valve stepping into the console house. However, a video from Valve News Network argues that’s not the case – and suggests that Valve is gearing up for a renewed push into {hardware}, constructing on the success of the Index.

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Valve is liable for the best VR headset on the market proper now, so the corporate’s {hardware} legacy isn’t simply the short-lived Steam Machine push. It appears like Valve has a lot larger issues in thoughts than Half-Life 3, although hey, I wouldn’t say no to that, both.

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