It said “a message from Valve regarding Steam” will be delivered during the 90-minute event, which kicks off on June 13 at 2.30pm PST / 5.30pm EST / 10.30pm BST.
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.
One prototype is said to have standard gamepad buttons and triggers, a pair of joysticks and a thumb-sized touchpad.
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.”