Reports suggest that Steam is working on an independent hand-held console in a similar vein to the PS Vita or Nintendo Switch. The device uses a Linux operating system to play games, both new and old. What’s more, is that the current rate of production will have the console on store shelves by the end

Reports suggest that Steam is working on an independent hand-held console in a similar vein to the PS Vita or Nintendo Switch. The device uses a Linux operating system to play games, both new and old. What’s more, is that the current rate of production will have the console on store shelves by the end of the calendar year.

Originally reported by Arstechina, it is confirmed that the device has been in development for “some time”. But that isn’t even the biggest evidence. Dataminers from Stream DataBase going through Steam’s code found strings of code hinting further at independent hardware.

The current name given to the console is Stream Pal, but the term used to refer to it in code is called Neptune. A new part of the code appeared in September of 2020, under the name “Neptune Optimized games”. This probably suggests that the Neptune game store will have the same library as the current Steam.

The design of “Neptune” is unlike the switch. The device is said to feature a small WASD keyboard, a touchscreen, gamepads, a thumb-sized touchpad, and triggers. Oh, and it will be dockable. All of these features are bound to add to the weight and size. Although the price isn’t revealed yet, all of the features being stuffed into a hand-held probably means it isn’t going to be a cheap pick-up.

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