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    Valve's beta client code hints at handheld SteamPal console

    References to 'SteamPal' games and system settings found buried in the code.
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    Re: Valve's beta client code hints at handheld SteamPal console

    I bet its just a handheld for steam home streaming, that makes it easy and cheap to make.

    Or its phones/tablets that are optimized for steam home streaming.

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    Re: Valve's beta client code hints at handheld SteamPal console

    The real problem is cost.

    Steam consoles offered a more restricted product, in comparison to a personal pc, for a higher cost.

    The controllers were decent, but they were disliked by a lot of people, who preferred standard controllers, same with Steam Link. I'd still have expected both to remain on sale and succeeded, but sales volume must have been low enough fir Valve to abandon them.

    VR, obviously much more expensive than competitors, is due to VR itself being a niche. If they maintain these prices, they remain behind the competition here too.

    Regardless if this new device is a full on handheld, or streaming device, it won't make market penetration, as Valve don't compete on hardware/cost.

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    Re: Valve's beta client code hints at handheld SteamPal console

    Quote Originally Posted by Yoyoyo69 View Post
    Steam consoles offered a more restricted product, in comparison to a personal pc, for a higher cost.
    They WERE pcs, as we both know, which made me laugh and laugh and laugh. A product that had zero chance of catching on.

    Please, Valve, get busy with a new Half Life and be productive.

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    Re: Valve's beta client code hints at handheld SteamPal console

    I'm hoping it's something like the Nvidia Shield tablet. I never got my hands on the first one... but seemed like a decent extension of your PC (at the time). I mean I know Steam Link is there, but it doesn't work all too well with my tablets. Plus it takes over the whole of the PC. So I never use it, other than trying once. Time will tell I guess.
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    Re: Valve's beta client code hints at handheld SteamPal console

    Ars Technica asserts the SteamPal will be a 'Switch-like portable gaming PC'.
    https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/...ble-gaming-pc/
    And some people are saying it will be powered by an AMD APU.

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    Re: Valve's beta client code hints at handheld SteamPal console

    Quote Originally Posted by excalibur1814 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Yoyoyo69 View Post
    Steam consoles offered a more restricted product, in comparison to a personal pc, for a higher cost.
    They WERE pcs, as we both know, which made me laugh and laugh and laugh. A product that had zero chance of catching on.

    Please, Valve, get busy with a new Half Life and be productive.

    I'm not entirely sure what your trying to imply (although I was sure I typed out standard personal pc, maybe it's that?).

    Yes they were pcs, but they were much more restricted, but more expensive.

    Yes, you could have Windows, but they still had soldered parts, with limited upgrade potential, yet cost a lot more, then postage.

    I agree, it was doomed, the manufacturers/retailers had an opportunity, but when ever they see the word "game" or "gamer" their marketing brain kicks in. They just over priced trash, killed it dead in the water.

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    Re: Valve's beta client code hints at handheld SteamPal console

    Quote Originally Posted by Kato-2 View Post
    I bet its just a handheld for steam home streaming, that makes it easy and cheap to make.

    Or its phones/tablets that are optimized for steam home streaming.
    I can see that possibly being the case, or maybe add an external facing streaming capability to steam like MS have done with the Xbox?

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    Re: Valve's beta client code hints at handheld SteamPal console

    It uses an AMD SOC:
    https://videocardz.com/newz/valve-st...eature-amd-apu

    Yet AMD says they want to concentrate on more expensive CPUs:
    https://www.techspot.com/news/89822-...cpus-over.html

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