Valve Will Attend E3 2021, but a SteamPal Announcement Seems Unlikely

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PC Gamer whipped Valve fans into a frenzy yesterday when it revealed that the company would be attending E3 for the first time since 2012 and share “a message […] regarding Steam” during this year’s PC Gaming Show. The news immediately sparked speculation that Valve would be announcing its heavily rumored “SteamPal” console at the event, but eager owners of the portable gaming PC should probably keep their expectations in check based on a new update that PC Gamer made to its PC Gaming Show schedule. According to the revision, Valve is merely attending the show to talk about Steam Next Fest, its multi-day celebration of upcoming games taking place June 16 to June 22. Gabe Newell previously hinted that Valve would have an announcement related to Steam games and consoles by the end of the year.

According to Ars Technica, the hardware will play a large selection of games on Steam via Linux and could launch this year, depending on the supply chain situation. Multiple sources told the site that SteamPal—or whatever the device ends up being called should it come to market—is an all-in-one PC with gamepad controls and a touchscreen. The hardware, which is said to be in the prototype stage, will reportedly include the option to “dock” to larger monitors via a USB Type-C port, but doesn’t include detachable controllers like Switch.

Sources: PC Gamer, VGC

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