Valve Portable Steam Deck (opens in a new tab) burst onto the market, causing a stir in the handheld gaming scene. The new portable gaming PC even has many enthusiasts wondering if this is the answer to something like a gaming laptop. However, Steam Deck isn’t the only portable PC machine on the market, and some competitors look to Valve innovations for future products.
OneXPlayer (opens in a new tab) is a brand known for making fairly high-end portable units, but even in our recent review of the One-Netbook OneXPlayer Mini (opens in a new tab)the benefits of the Steam Deck were pretty clear.
While these are very nifty and power-packed units, for a price, the cheaper options and Steam Deck-specific software help it gain popularity. However, if you wanted a more premium Steam Deck to be offered, OneXPlayer might be on the verge of delivering it to you.
Currently, OneXPlayers run Windows, which is great for familiarity but doesn’t necessarily make the best use of the form factor. Steam Decks runs a version of Linux called SteamOS which uses Proton to run games on the Linux platform and helps with general usability and compatibility with some competitors.
According to an interview with WePC (opens in a new tab), OneXPlayer is considering a Linux-based solution in the future, potentially even SteamOS. This means we could start to see really high-end handheld PC game consoles running well-optimized software.
Elden Ring was recently modified (opens in a new tab) to run much better on the SteamOS platform thanks to caching changes. These kinds of fixes implemented on portable machines mean that any platform that can take advantage of the specialized software should benefit. In short, laptops of all brands (opens in a new tab) could be about to see an increase in viability.
In the case of OneXPlayer, that could mean a boon for high-end portable machines. One of the main drawbacks we found with the mini was that some games just didn’t work and other aspects could be tedious. It’s likely that SteamOS can fix many of these issues, finally giving these premium machines a chance to feel that way inside and out.
Considering how difficult it is to lock down a Steam Deck at the moment, a little more competition can only be a good thing.