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Valve opens up a Steam Deck to explain 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 about a minute to strongly warning towards taking one aside until you’re positive you know what you’re doing.

“Regardless that it’s your PC — or it shall be as soon as you’ve acquired your Steam Deck — and you have each proper to open it up and do what you need, we at Valve actually don’t advocate that you ever open it up,” a Valve consultant stated within the video. “The Steam Deck is a very tightly designed system, and the components are chosen rigorously for this product with its particular building, so that they aren’t actually designed to be user-swappable.”

Regardless of its warnings, nonetheless, the corporate possible understands that individuals are going to take the Steam Deck aside anyway, so this video might be a useful useful resource for people who find themselves contemplating doing so.

Within the video, Valve reveals how to swap out two components of the system. First, Valve reveals how to substitute the thumbsticks. The corporate cautions that they’re utterly customized, however says that it will provide a supply for “substitute components, thumbsticks, SSDs, and presumably extra” within the coming months.

After that, Valve reveals how to swap out the SSD, which might be useful for individuals who might have reserved the most affordable model of the gadget with an eMMC onerous drive with the intention of upgrading it themselves. Bear in mind that every one variations of the Steam Deck use an m.2 connector, together with the model with the eMMC drive, so if you plan to make a swap, you’re going to have to reinstall the OS and convey over any video games you might need had loaded in your different drive.

Valve says the Steam Deck will start delivery in December, although the preliminary reservations flew off the virtual shelves quickly. If you reserve one now, you’ll have to wait till at the very least the second quarter of 2022 for the chance to really make an order.

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