SteamPal is Valve’s take on handheld consoles in 2021

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  • Steam is one of the biggest digital PC games stores at the moment, with millions of users. 
  • Gabe Newell said that Steam was looking towards console gaming, and it seems to be happening.
  • The Steam Database Twitter account released information about a brand new SteamPal Console.
  • Project Neptune is still in the making and it's said to be ready to go by the end of 2021.
SteamPal console Neptune

We previously mentioned that Steam, despite its uncontested rule over the other digital stores for PC gamers, was looking towards expanding to consoles, at the end of this year.

Needles to say that some were sort of expecting this step, after the Steam controller, and after the announcement that Valve CEO, Gabe Newell, made at a panel in New Zealand.

New handheld SteamPal console may become reality

Based on the information made public on the Steam Database Twitter account, it seems like the transition is finally happening and Steam is serious about this endeavor.

Valve is possibly working on a handled Steam console called “SteamPal” (codename Neptune).

Beta client update added plenty of references including controller bindings, new UI strings such as quick access menu, system settings (airplane mode, wifi, Bluetooth), and a power menu.

According to the Steam Database, the engineers at Valve have been really busy working on the beta client for testing a device that they dubbed ‘Neptune’.

What they are now referencing as a SteamPal console, is close to materializing itself into reality. It seems that the device in question is hand-held or portable.

What does this mean for Windows 10 Steam users?

This means that Windows 10 users that constantly rely on Steam as their favorite gaming platform can now take a leap of faith and embrace this new arrival to the Steam family.

We are pretty sure that this new chapter will not symbolize the end of the Steam PC era, as even if the device that they are working on will be a success, it still has to compete with Nintendo, Playstation, and Xbox.

It will simply be a new gadget that Steam fans will want to have in their gaming arsenal.

And 2021 is, as some think, maybe not the best year for this launch, seeing how the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S have already made incredible debuts.

All that we can do now is be patient and wait for further details about project Neptune, and hope that it will rise to the expectations of all the Steam fans out there.

What are your thoughts on this new idea by Steam? Share your opinion with us in the comments section below.

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