Valve works on a portable Linux-based console

Valve Steam portable console

From the Ars Technica portal they have launched some rumors about a new Valve project. The Steam company appears to be working on a new console after the failure of Steam Machine. In this case it will not try to compete with PlayStation or Xbox, but it will be a portable console in the style of the Nintendo Switch.

It will be a kind of compact laptop that will use Linux as a base, in addition to having the client Steam pre-installed, touch screen and Joy-Con type side controllers. It also appears that it will use x86 chips from Intel or AMD, something that is not very clear yet. What does seem more certain is that NVIDIA has been ruled out, and that there will be several models with different prices and capacities.

It also looks like it will be a device wider than the Nintendo Switch, and with a standard variety of buttons and triggers as well as a pair of joysticks, and at least one thumb-sized touchpad. And on the other hand, it also seems that you will be able to connect to an external monitor via USB-C.

But ... where do these rumors come from? Well, the truth is that it is as a result of a discovery of Pavel Djundik, the creator of SteamDB, who found the code for a new version of Steam with codenames SteamPal and SteamPal Games, which are evolutions of Neptune and Neptune Optimized Games from last year. At first it was thought that it would be some kind of command for Steam similar to the disappeared Steam Controller, but now it seems that it is more linked to a portable game console.

Advances with Proton and Proton GE and its integration with Steam could also open a new universe of compatibility for native Windows video games that can be run on this console. In fact, thanks to them you can now play titles such as Cyberpunk 2077, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Death Stranding, etc. on Linux, thus adding to more than 6000 compatible titles.

Finally, no further details are known, nor are the final price or the presentation date. But could arrive at the end of 2021 ...

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