Since the Steam Deck’s announcement back in July, Valve’s been relatively open about its upcoming handheld gaming PC. While we’ve had both an official and unofficial look at the device’s benchmark performance, the PC’s innards have remained a mystery. Thanks to a new teardown video by Valve, we now know how to disassemble and potentially upgrade the gaming machine. Yet, while the company makes delving into the Deck’s depths look easy, it also strongly advises against even popping the lid for a peak.
In the video, a representative from Valve specifically addresses how to change out the Steam Deck’s thumbsticks and SSD – two components that could potentially need replacing over time. Of course, while the teardown is quite clearly a tutorial, Valve also frames the teardown as a “why you really shouldn’t do this” message that’s laced with various warnings. The video goes as far as to warn potential tinkerers against fire hazards, citing that accidentally damaging the battery could cause the mini computer to combust.
Foreboding tone aside, Valve’s step by step process actually makes the Steam Deck look incredibly accessible, at least in comparison to other handhelds like the Nintendo Switch. Sure, even unscrewing the portable gaming machine’s casing allegedly runs the risk of compromising its structural integrity. However, replacing the included M.2 simply requires unscrewing a shield and disconnecting the drive once you’re in.
- Minecraft’s Deep Dark sculk brings a new way to farm XP - October 19, 2021
- Amazon is “aware and investigating” a game-breaking New World invincibility exploit - October 19, 2021
- Valve’s hiring people to review all 50,000 Steam games for Steam Deck compatibility - October 19, 2021