May 26, 2021

Valve reportedly working on a "Switch-like" handheld gaming PC

Valve is reportedly readying to enter the hardware market once more, this time with a new "Switch-like" handheld gaming PC that could potentially launch by the end of the year.

That's according to a report by Ars Technica, which expands on the recent discovery of a new hardware-related code - referring to a mysterious device known as "SteamPal" - in the latest version of Steam. Citing "multiple sources familiar with the matter", Ars Technica claims this device (whose final name remains unconfirmed) is a new Valve-developed all-in-one portable gaming PC that features gamepad controls and a touchscreen in a similar form factor to Nintendo's Switch, albeit without detachable controllers.

SteamPal, or whatever it ends up being called (obviously, not calling it the Gabe Boy would be a serious missed opportunity), is reportedly designed to run a large number of games on the Steam PC platform via Linux, and can "dock" to a monitor via its USB Type-C port.

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