Valve is not the only major company developing handheld PC gaming devices as it seems Tencent is also developing its own console.
Tencent seems to be working on a handheld PC gaming device of its own, according to some recent discussions on the Steam Deck subreddit. One character posted several documents showing product renderings and simulations of something called the “Tencent PC Console”, along with a patent for the device and some specs. expected technique.
Although there is currently no official confirmation of any console projects from Tencent, it is entirely possible that the company is considering producing a device to compete with its own Steam Deck. Valve. This is one of the things Valve has hoped to push other major companies to do to establish the PC handheld market to a greater extent.
As one of the major investors in the Epic Games Store, Tencent may have a distinct interest and motivation in developing its own handheld PC gaming device, as Valve is now clearing the way with a low-cost device. The first mainstream cheap in this category. The Epic Games Store has close to 200 million users so it’s likely that Epic and Tencent are looking to make Fortnite and other Epic Games Store exclusives available to gamers who want a dedicated mobile gaming device. After all, Fortnite won’t work on the Steam Deck because its anti-cheat software is designed to be incompatible with the console.
This model of the device has a dedicated “Windows” button on the left side, which could mean that if the “Tencent PC Console” is real, it will run a version of the Windows operating system from scratch. This is really the easiest way for Tencent and Epic Games to overcome the problems of getting Fortnite to work on the machine.
With several game developers already praising the Steam Deck, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before other major game companies jump into the fray. Until now, the handheld PC market has been dominated by small-scale products, which keeps their prices high. However, with Valve as the leader, a potential company like Tencent will also have to take their hats off to join the ring and gamers will likely have a lot to look forward to in the future.
One small note gamers need to keep in mind, however, is that the design for “Tencent PC Console” was submitted back in October 2020, which correlates somewhat with the release of OneXPlayer. The device was also backed by Tencent prior to its acquisition of game developers, and some Redditors mentioned that OneX shares a few design elements with the patented “Tencent PC Console”. Chances are this isn’t a top-secret gaming handheld project by Tencent, but some sort of OneX prototype, but if that’s not the case then more news should be out soon.
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