Since it’s just a PC that uses pretty normal PC parts, there have been people crafting hardware hacking ideas for Valve’s next handheld PC, the Steam Deck. Valve has been pretty straightforward that the hardware, despite its fantastic case and control scheme, is just a laptop; Gabe Newell even said you can put Windows and even other game showcases in it if you want.
A Reddit user emailed Gabe Newell with a follow-up question, asking whether the Steam Deck will have a replaceable SSD, allowing users to upgrade the machine’s storage. After all, from a technical standpoint, the only big difference between the three Steam Deck models available for pre-order right now is the storage capacity. Newell responded that the Steam Deck SSD was connected to a 2230 M.2 slot, meaning that it is not soldered to the motherboard or connected in an extremely permanent way.
In particular, the Steam Deck website was later updated to say that "All models use 2230 m.2 connected modules (not intended for end-user replacement)".
This means that, at least in theory, you could manually update the storage on the Steam Deck, but Valve doesn't think it's a good idea to give it a try. This probably means that you will have to significantly disassemble the Deck to access this M.2 slot, probably in a way that voids your warranty.
This makes it seem like the theoretical update will only be for hackers and computer assembly professionals. You can go to consult Tom & # 39; s Hardware or Technical radar to theorize a little more about breaking the screwdrivers and welding irons to follow the upgrade path.
Valve has been outstanding on the hardware and internal features of Steam Deck, especially compared to most gaming console manufacturers. They also think they have avoided the problem of lever drift.
The Steam Deck has been the subject of much discussion around the PC Gamer bonfire, with dissenting opinions flying from left to right. We asked if Steam Deck will be a hit, with a different answer. Our Jorge Jimenez said he thought the Steam Deck was “a handheld PC you could finally buy,” but Rich Stanton thought it was just a Switch without the magic.