Valve’s “SteamPal” references hints at Steam console release plans

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Valve’s “SteamPal” references hints at Steam console release plans

As spotted by SteamDB’s Founder, Pavel Djundik, Steam’s latest beta client updates have references to a new device called the “SteamPal”, detailing features like controller binding, UI strings and system settings relating to aeroplane mode, WiFi, Bluetooth and Power.  

These references hit at new console plans from Valve, suggesting that the PC gaming giant has a handheld console in the works. This console could act as a companion to a full gaming PC through Steam’s in-home streaming software and as a full-on handheld console for compatible games. 

Valve is not new to the hardware market, having created their Steam controller and that Valve Index VR headset. Valve’s SteamPal system also appears to be known as Project Neptune, though little is known about the system outside of Valve’s references to the system within their latest Steam client updates. 

Within Steam, there appears to be new references to “SteamPal Games”, suggesting that games will be designed to run on the system natively. Right now, it is likely that Valve’s handheld system will be powered using a Linux-based OS, as Valve has a long history of Linux development. That said, it is also possible that Valve’s SteamPal is a different kind of gaming system. 

We expect to hear more about Valve’s SteamPal plans later this year.

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