The American studio Valve behind the video game distribution platform Steam could launch a portable console by the end of the year.
Nintendo’s successful Switch console could soon see a competitor land. Valve, studio behind the game “Half-Life” and the Steam distribution platform on PC, would work on a portable console. Known by the code name Neptune, it could be called SteamPal and would be compatible with the Steam store.
Clues spotted by developer Pavel Djundik in the code for the new Steam client beta update refer to controller settings, a user interface with new commands for the quick access menu, system parameters and connectivity options (airplane mode, Bluetooth, wi-fi) which can be attached to a hypothetical portable console, reports the specialist site ArsTechnica. The latter explains that sources have confirmed to him that Valve has been working on this future product for a long time. The device should display a design similar to Nintendo’s Switch, but without the ability to detach the controllers placed on either side of the touchscreen.
Responding recently to a question from a student who wanted to know if Steam was going to offer console games at a panel discussion in New Zealand, Valve boss Gabe Newell just said gamers would know more. by the end of the year. This new information lifts a corner of the veil.