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As uncovered by SteamDB founder Pavel Djundik, Steam’s latest client beta references both “SteamPal” and “SteamPal Games” in relation to something codenamed ‘Neptune’.
The Steam update also added references to “quick access” and “power” menus, including the option to “shut down”, “suspend” or “restart” a system, as well as settings for airplane mode, wifi and Bluetooth settings.
Newell, who has been living and working in New Zealand since early 2020, teased the possibility during a visit to Sancta Maria College, where he was a guest speaker for digital studies students.
Asked if Steam would be appearing on consoles in the future, Newell replied: “You will get a better idea of that by the end of this year… and it won’t be the answer you expect.”
Newell recently confirmed that Valve has multiple games in development and that it is keen to make more single-player experiences following Alyx’s release last year.