SteamPal is the name of the portable console in which Valve will be working, judging by the data that appeared this week in the beta of Steam. Compared to the Nintendo Switch but focused on PC games, today more features have been revealed about this hardware: apparently, be able to run a large selection of Steam games, through the Linux operating system. And its date of arrival to the market? It seems that Valve plans to commercialize this project this year, depending on the state of the supply chain.

SteamPal: A laptop designed for Steam games

The first allusions to SteamPal They appeared this past Tuesday thanks to the latest beta version of the Steam client. References to “SteamPal” y “SteamPal Games”, related to the codename of “Neptune”. Several sources have contacted Ars Technica to point out that SteamPal is “an all-in-one PC with gamepad controls and a touch screen”. While not including detachable controllers, as in the case of the Switch’s Joy-Con, I know you can “dock” this SteamPal to larger monitors thanks to a USB Type-C port..

The project is currently in the prototype phase, but sources indicate that it has standard buttons and triggers, a pair of joysticks, and a thumb-sized touchpad. From the media they report that SteamPal is expected to include a Intel chip or AMD. In the Steam code they have also found references that allude to button mapping for a controller, new options for the Steam interface, system settings and a power menu, as echoed from Steam Database.

And what have they said from Valve?

The CEO of Valve, Gabe Newell, it seems that he made the odd mention of this device earlier this month, when he hinted that had plans to bring Steam games to the console market. Newell, who has been living and working in New Zealand since the beginning of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, spoke these words on his visit to the Saint Mary College, where he was invited as a speaker to chat with the digital studies students.

When Newell was asked if the Steam store will come to consoles in the future, the Valve manager stated the following: “You will have a better idea of ​​that by the end of this year … and it won’t be the answer you expect.”. Of course, his words generated all kinds of comments. Following the first SteamPal tracks, It seems that we can get an idea of ​​where the shots were going.

It is not the first time that Valve has made a foray into the console market: in 2013 they put on sale the Steam Machines, computers from different manufacturers with SteamOs with which the company tried to combine the comfort of a console with the power of a PC. However, five years later they stopped selling them because they never got to enjoy a great reception among the public. Now we can only wait for them to reveal more information about SteamPal: they may want to take advantage of the PC Gaming Show on June 13 to reveal these details.

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