The valve is portable steam deck burst onto the market, making it a big hit in the portable gaming scene. The new portable gaming PC is making many enthusiasts question whether this is the answer for something like a gaming laptop. However, the Steam Deck isn’t the only portable PC on the market, and some of the competitors are looking to Valve’s innovations for future products.
OneXPlayer is a brand known for making some pretty premium handhelds, but even in our recent review of the A Netbook OneXPlayer Mini, the benefits of the Steam Deck were pretty clear. While they’re pretty cool power-packed units, for a price, the cheaper Steam Deck options and specific software are helping to increase their popularity. However, if you’ve found yourself wishing there was a more premium Steam Deck on offer, OneXPlayer might be about to deliver.
OneXPlayers are currently running Windows, which is great for familiarity, but doesn’t necessarily make the best use of the form factor. Steam Decks are running a version of Linux called SteamOS which uses Proton to make games work on the Linux platform and is helping with general usage and compatibility with some competitors.
According to an interview with WePC, OneXPlayer is looking for a Linux-based solution in the future, potentially even SteamOS. That means we can start to see handheld PC game consoles with really premium specs running well-optimized software.
Elden Ring has recently been adjusted to run much better on the SteamOS platform thanks to the changes made to the cache. This kind of fix being implemented on portable machines means that any platform that can take advantage of specialized software should benefit. Briefly, Portable PCs of all brands may be about to see an increase in viability.
In the case of OneXPlayer, this could be a boon for high-end portable machines. One of the main drawbacks we encountered with the mini was that some games just wouldn’t run and other aspects could be tricky. It’s likely that SteamOS can fix many of these issues, finally giving these premium machines a chance to feel it inside and out.
Given the difficulties involved in locking down a Steam Deck at the moment, a little more competition can only be a good thing.