Valve had a surprise in store to celebrate the launch of Steam Deck: Aperture Desk Lab, a free game set in the Portal franchise that has been conceived as a playable short that offers a guide to the controls and features of the portable device. The title, which is in no case Portal 3, will be available on March 1.
“Aperture Desk Job reimagines the hackneyed walking simulator genre and takes you into the lightning-quick, endorphinic world of sitting still in front of things,” explains Valve. “This time around, you’re a nobody on your first day on the job in an entry-level position. Your heart is full of hope and your legs are full of dreams, eager to climb the corporate ladder. But life has other plans, and they all involve chairs.”
“Conceived as a free playable short for Steam Deck, Desk Job guides you through the controls and features of the handheld device without being as boring as it seems,” adds the company. “It’s not Gate 3! Lower your expectations: this is not a sequel to Portal. Now get ready to crank them up a bit, because it’s part of the expanded universe of those games. Desk Job puts you right in the driver’s seat in Aperture Science. Then he quickly takes away the driving part and adds a work table in front of the seat.”
Everything seems to indicate that Aperture Desk Lab is an initiative similar to The Lab, a free title with virtual reality experiences, and Astro’s Playroom, a game pre-installed on PS5 that offers a look at the characteristics of the controller and the console. However, to play Aperture Desk Job you don’t need to own a Steam Deck, you just need to have a PC running Windows or SteamOS, a controller and meet the following minimum requirements: Core i5-7500 or Ryzen 5 1600 processor, 12 GB of RAM and Nvidia GTX 1060 or AMD RX 580 graphics.