Rumor: Valve’s “SteamPal” is a Nintendo Switch gaming PC

Ars Technica Valve reports that it is developing a portable PC like the Nintendo Switch And with the help of the world’s volatile semiconductor supply chains, we can launch it by the end of the year.

The report follows the discovery of changes to the Steam client code that mentioned a new device called “SteamPal” on Tuesday. SteamDB operator Pavel Djundiuk first I found a change early this morningNote that it is associated with the prototype controller, codenamed “Neptune”.

Polygon is seeking comment from Valve spokesman Doug Lombardi. Given the company’s secret history and the nature of this rumor, no reaction is likely. Ars Technica said the company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

According to Ars sources, the “SteamPal” (whose final name has not been confirmed) is an all-in-one Linux-based PC with a touchscreen and gamepad controls, similar to the Nintendo Switch Lite. It has the ability to link to larger monitors via a USB Type-C connection, but it’s unclear if there’s a dedicated dock like the Switch Lite or Switch, Ars Technica says.

Earlier this month in New Zealand, Valve founder Gabe Newell spoke to a high school audience asking Steam to “port the game to the console or stay on the PC.” Reddit users posted Newell’s recorded answers to Posts since they were deleted (But Reported by Ars at the time). “By the end of this year, we’ll have a better idea about it … and that’s not the answer you’d expect,” Newell said.

However, Valve has a non-uniform history of hardware projects and their commitments. For example, Steam Machines is a line of console-like gaming PC valves introduced in 2015 and was quietly removed from the list in 2018.

Steam Machines’ efforts to console the Steam experience seemed to be preyed on by the ability of cheap Steam Link devices to allow users to stream games from their gaming PCs to their TVs. However, Valve also stopped manufacturing SteamLink hubs in 2018.

Valve also developed the $ 999 Valve Index virtual reality headset, launched and developed in the summer of 2019. Half-life: Alyx That’s why we started the game in March 2020. Despite the popularity of both devices and games, the global COVID-19 pandemic has hampered widespread availability and connectivity of devices.