One of the companies that makes handheld gaming PCs, GPD, claims Valve has contacted its representatives to offer a partnership.
Valve’s Steam Deck became the talk of the gaming community almost immediately after it was announced. While the company hasn’t yet been able to handle the vast amount of gamers demand for the device, it has become a favorite in the gaming industry. However, the Steam Deck is not without its problems and there is a lot of competition present in the handheld gaming PC segment at the moment.
Years before the Steam Deck was planned, a Chinese company called GPD was ramping up production of handheld gaming devices. While the products are quite expensive, GPD’s handsets already have a large customer base, and Valve seems interested in leveraging the company’s expertise in the near term if the what GPD is saying is the truth.
Previously, the GPD did not consider the Steam Deck to be a good product. Earlier this year, GPD used marketing materials on the Steam Deck to disparage Valve’s efforts, claiming that Linux was a problematic operating system, that Valve was trying to take control of users, etc. However, the trend of GPD has changed now, when a representative of the company announced via IndieGoGo that they are in talks with Valve about the possibility of a future cooperation between the two companies.
GPD stated that Valve asked if the company was interested in implementing SteamOS for the company’s future platforms. More specifically, it seems that Valve wants SteamOS to work entirely on the latest generation of AMD 6800U handhelds, exactly the chip inside GPD’s flagship WIN Max 2 device. Although the Steam Deck supports Windows, Valve makes no secret of the fact that they are trying to leverage Linux as a powerful alternative for gamers, and support from other “competitive” companies in the industry. This hardware category will go a long way for Valve to make that happen.
If Valve can get companies like GPD, Aya, Anbernic and others to start using SteamOS on Windows, it could lead to a significant shift in the gaming operating system landscape after a while. long time. And because SteamOS is completely free, the companies say they won’t need to buy a Windows license anymore and potentially reduce their production costs.
Naturally, SteamOS also comes with its own set of useful features. If Valve comes along and helps GPD support the operating system properly, the company’s devices can take advantage of a feature like Steam Deck’s to improve battery life and better game performance, which isn’t easy to do. on Windows. Only time will tell whether Valve and GPD will reach a partnership agreement, but things could be very much looking forward to.