Technology Playtron announces self-titled Linux OS and gaming handheld with hopes to unify storefronts


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Aug 17, 2017
Playtron has entered the portable gaming scene with its announcement of a self-titled Linux OS, PlaytronOS and eventually a Playtron handheld. Playtron is backed by $10 million in funding and has 18 employees. Concept art for the handheld was originally provided to The Verge for its extended, exclusive coverage of the announcement. In the face of the ongoing success of Steam Deck (OLED), Linux gaming in general, and the ever-increasing number of handheld gaming PCs, it seems Playtron is determined to shake up the market.

PlaytronOS is claimed to run on all of the current drop of gaming handhelds, so you could install it on your Steam Deck, Asus ROG Ally or even the Lenovo Legion Go. But Playtron specific hardware is on the cards for later this year. Will it be successful, though? Let's go over the established names connected to this SteamOS alternative (and eventual Deck competitor, the date for the handheld on the site is 2025) before we start earnestly assessing PlaytronOS for what it is.

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