Valve opens up a Steam Deck to clarify why it thinks you shouldn’t
Valve has posted an official teardown of its upcoming handheld gaming PC, the Steam Deck. Earlier than diving into the teardown, although, the corporate spends a few minute to strongly warning towards taking one aside except you’re certain you understand what you’re doing.
“Despite the fact that it’s your PC — or it will likely be when you’ve obtained your Steam Deck — and you’ve got each proper to open it up and do what you need, we at Valve actually don’t suggest that you simply ever open it up,” a Valve consultant stated within the video. “The Steam Deck is a really tightly designed system, and the components are chosen rigorously for this product with its particular building, in order that they aren’t actually designed to be user-swappable.”
Regardless of its warnings, nevertheless, the corporate probably understands that individuals are going to take the Steam Deck aside anyway, so this video could possibly be a helpful useful resource for people who find themselves contemplating doing so.
Within the video, Valve exhibits find out how to swap out two components of the system. First, Valve exhibits find out how to substitute the thumbsticks. The corporate cautions that they’re fully customized, however says that it’ll supply a supply for “alternative components, thumbsticks, SSDs, and probably extra” within the coming months.
After that, Valve exhibits find out how to swap out the SSD, which could possibly be useful for individuals who might have reserved the most affordable model of the gadget with an eMMC laborious drive with the intention of upgrading it themselves. Bear in mind that each one variations of the Steam Deck use an m.2 connector, together with the model with the eMMC drive, so for those who plan to make a swap, you’re going to need to reinstall the OS and produce over any video games you may need had loaded in your different drive.
Valve says the Steam Deck will start transport in December, although the preliminary reservations flew off the digital cabinets shortly. In the event you reserve one now, you’ll have to attend till no less than the second quarter of 2022 for the chance to truly make an order.