One in every of Steam Deck’s ‘terrifying prototypes’ was known as the ‘Ugly Child’

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Valve Steam Deck playing Disco Elysium

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No matter your ideas on the ultimate aesthetics of the Steam Deck, early prototype variations regarded markedly worse. In response to Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais, Valve would give early prototypes “acceptable names” and should you’re calling one in all them “Ugly Child” then one can solely marvel on the true horror of that system.

In the event you bear in mind any of the photographs of the Steam Controller prototypes you will have an thought simply how Frankenstein’s monster some early variations can look. The primary controller check unit was seemingly simply half an Xbox controller gaffer taped to a PlayStation Transfer stick.

Within the full IGN interview with Gabe Newell and Pierre-Loup Griffais concerning the Steam Deck, host, Ryan McCaffrey, asks about what a few of the different names had been for the brand new handheld gaming PC from Valve.

Newell responds with: “Steam Buddy, SteamPal…” the latter of which was disclosed by Steam code updates alluding to the identify again in Could. These leaks additionally reference the SteamPal by its codename, ‘Neptune’. And truthfully none of these actually float my boat, with the Neuromancer-style Steam Deck feeling much more acceptable for brand spanking new tech.

However Griffais jumps in to speak concerning the names they gave early check gadgets.

“Very early on we had fairly terrifying prototypes so we gave them acceptable names,” says Griffais, “like Ugly Child, and issues like that. These weren’t nice

“Steam Ugly Child?” asks Newell.

“So we did not go for that so far as names go.”

If we’re being totally truthful, Griffais would not particularly say they really known as one the ‘Ugly Child’, however he pulls it out of the air so shortly I’ve obtained to assume a minimum of one of many first ‘terrifying prototypes’ would have born that moniker.

I hope someday we get to see the early gadgets that may have lived as much as such a reputation. In some dank basement, someplace in Bellevue, there is a smashed up Change with two halves of a Steam Controller taped to both aspect of the display screen, hoarsely whispering into the darkness: “Kill… me.”

No matter, these names are all much more attention-grabbing than the preliminary moniker given to the mission that might grow to be the Valve Index VR headset: ‘Frank’. I imply, actually? After the cancelled ‘Vader’ VR prototype mission the devs and engineers had clearly given up on cool names for digital actuality units.

Dave James

Dave has been gaming because the days of Zaxxon and Woman Bug on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Loss of life Race 2000!). He constructed his first gaming PC on the tender age of 16, and eventually completed bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system round a 12 months later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first began writing for Official PlayStation Journal and Xbox World many many years in the past, then moved onto PC Format full-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, and T3 amongst others. Now he is again, writing concerning the nightmarish graphics card market, CPUs with extra cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the solar, and SSDs extra capacious than a Cybertruck.