Valve disassembled the Steam Deck to prevent users from doing this

Users who pre-order the portable game console Steam Deck will receive it in December, but the rest will have to wait until the second quarter of 2022 - during this period, the execution of orders of the "second wave" is promised. Nevertheless, everyone who is interested can already watch the video of the official Steam Deck teardown.

Valve disassembled the Steam Deck for a reason, but in order ... to dissuade users from doing the same. The company does not recommend disassembling the set-top box, well, or not doing it unless absolutely necessary. For example, to replace control keys (sticks) - the developers assure that third-party companies will launch them on sale over time.

But changing the SSD is strongly discouraged. This is because the SSD is located close to the Wi-Fi adapter, so the company carefully selected SSDs based on performance, power consumption, and electromagnetic interference. It is logical that not every SSD on the market will fit the console in the same way as the "native" one.

Recall that the Steam Deck is built on an AMD Van Gogh APU with a Zen 2 CPU and an RDNA2 GPU. The SSD capacities are 64, 256, and 512 GB. MicroSD cards are used to expand memory. The console configuration also includes 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory, a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, and a 40 Wh battery. The cost of the set-top box is from 400 to 650 dollars.

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