An unknown Valve device has been detected in South Korea

An unknown Valve device has been detected in South Korea – it could be a new Steam Deck

Valve may be developing an entirely new portable game console or an updated version of the Steam Deck. According to The Verge, this is indicated by an entry from the database of the South Korean national communications agency NRRA (National Radio Research Agency) and data from the new sound driver for the Van Gogh processor used in the Steam Deck.

    Image source: Valve

Image source: Valve

Valve reportedly filed an undisclosed report with South Korea’s national communications agency, NRRA.Low power wireless device» with ID RC-V1V-1030. The South Korean regulator does not provide any information about this device, but indicates the use of a WLAN module with support for the 5 GHz band. In this case we can talk about anything. However, telecom regulators generally do not require certification of early prototypes of certain future devices. Registration is usually only required if the device is to be imported into the country in large or small quantities for the purpose of sale.

The above device with the identifier RC-V1V-1030 has not yet appeared in the database of the American FCC regulatory authority. There is no information about this in the Bluetooth SIG database either. It’s possible she won’t show up. Even before the release of the Steam deck, Valve managed to keep information about the console secret until the last moment and did not disclose data about it through the FCC. This is in no small part due to the fact that the set-top box’s WiFi/Bluetooth module supplier, Realtek, included information about the console’s wireless module in the registration documents, rather than the Steam Deck itself.

    Image source: Phoronix

Image source: Phoronix

Information that could indicate the development of a new set-top box was also discovered by the Phoronix portal. In particular, references to unknown devices codenamed Galileo and Sephiroth were found in the code of the Valve driver for Linux 6.6, which added support for the new audio codec Nuvoton NAU88L2 and the MAX98388 amplifier for the Van Gogh processor of the Steam Deck . The second could be indirectly related to the Van Gogh processor. His codename is Aerith. Valve named the console’s APU after one of the characters in Final Fantasy VII, which also features a character named Sephiroth. The Phoronix release suggests that the Galileo name could in turn be associated with the updated Steam Deck set-top box motherboard.

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