During Valve's initial prototyping of their handheld Steam Deck, one rather unfortunate early model was nicknamed the "Ugly Baby".
This news comes from a recent IGN interview and speaking alongside Gabe Newell, Valve's Pierre-Loup Griffais shed some light to IGN about how they created Steam Deck. During this segment, Griffais explaining they created some “terrifying prototypes”, sharing that one of these was called Ugly Baby.
Steam Deck Had A Prototype Called The "Ugly Baby"
Amusingly, Newell seemed oblivious to this fact, but that's not all this interview revealed, either. As we've previously reported, Newell explained Valve's current views on VR, alongside Oculus Quest compatibility with Steam Deck, thanks to the platform's open nature.
So far, we've heard a few things about Valve's tablet-like handheld. Arriving at a lower price point with a 2022 launch planned, we've had battery life confirmation, talk of replaceable SSDs and the user interface. As always, we'll keep you informed when we find out more.