Whatever your opinion of the final aesthetics of the Steam Deck, the early versions of the prototypes looked noticeably worse. According to Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais, Valve would give the first prototypes "proper names" and, if you call one of them "Ugly Baby", one can only wonder the true horror of this device.
If you remember any of the images of the Prototypes of Steam Controller you will have an idea of how some early versions may look like the Frankenstein monster. The first test drive of the controller was apparently only half an Xbox controller drive recorded on a PlayStation Move stylus.
In full IGN interview with Gabe Newell and Pierre-Loup Griffais on the Steam Deck, host Ryan McCaffrey asks about some of the other names on Valve's new handheld PC.
Newell responds with: "Steam Buddy, SteamPal …" the latter was reported by Steam code updates alluding to the name in May. These leaks also refer to SteamPal by its code name, & # 39; Neptune & # 39 ;. And honestly, none of them really float on my ship, with the Neuromancer-style Steam Deck feeling a lot better suited to new technologies.
But Griffais jumps in to talk about the names they gave to the first test devices.
"Very soon we had pretty scary prototypes, so we gave them the right names," says Griffais, "like Ugly Baby, and things like that. These weren't great.
"Steam Ugly Baby?" Newell asks.
"So we didn't go for that in terms of names."
If we’re being completely fair, Griffais doesn’t specifically say that he was actually called an “Ugly Baby,” but he takes it out of the air so quickly that I have to think of at least one of the first “terrifying prototypes”. that nickname would have been born.
I hope one day we can see the first devices that could have lived up to that name. In some damp basements, somewhere in Bellevue, there's a shattered switch with two halves of a steam controller etched on either side of the screen, whispering in the dark, "Kill … me."
Either way, these names are much more interesting than the initial nickname given to the project that would become the Valve Index VR headset: "Frank". I mean, really? Following the canceled VR & # 39; Vader & # 39; prototype project, developers and engineers had clearly given up on the interesting names of virtual reality sets.