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    Valve may be creating a portable console for PC games

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    A new report appears to confirm that Valve is working on a new Steam handheld console for PC gaming. The console-PC hybrid has been in development for some time, apparently. The console is codenamed 'SteamPal', but that name will likely change before it's revealed to the public.



    Source: Steam

    Rumors began swirling about the device when a Redditor noticed a change in the Steam code that referenced the new codename, although it has apparently been using a different codename for the past couple of years.

    Neither Ars Technica nor Redditor have explained what the console might look like, but both have stuck to the idea that it will be a handheld console similar to the Nintendo Switch and other handheld PCs that have appeared as prototypes at CES in recent years.

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    As for the control scheme, it will apparently use a touchpads version of the Steam Controller, although that could change as it goes through the iteration process. There will also be a way to connect the hybrid PC to your display via a USB-C connection, but again, the details are very thin now.

    At this point, no one can say for sure what kind of hardware will be running inside the machine, whether it will have an AMD or Intel processor, or how powerful your GPU might be, and at this point, no one can say for sure which operating system it will run on. Chances are good that it runs Valve's open source Linux platform SteamOS, but Ars Technica isn't ruling out the possibility of running a full version of Windows.

    As frustrating as all of this is, it's exactly the sort of thing Valve would do. It will iterate on a device for years internally, and it won't be released until it's sure the world is ready for it. Valve did this for the Steam Controller, which, by the time journalists saw it, was nearly complete and ready to go, and the Valve Index, which was also kept secret.



    And yet, it's hard for us to rule out the possibility that this could turn out to be vaporware, despite Ars Technica's strong research and sources. The good news? We may not have to think about it for long, sources who spoke to Ars' Sam Machkovech say the console could be available by the end of the year.



    Stay tuned on our website for more news about the world of games. Take care and until next time!

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