Everything You Need to Know About Valve’s Steam Deck – DIY in 5 Ep 169

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Published on 10 Apr 2022, 13:00
Valve’s new portable platform promises powerful PC gaming. But does it deliver? We pop the hood to find out everything you need to know about Valve's Steam Deck.

Valve partnered with AMD to build a hybrid CPU/GPU that powers the tiny but mighty machine. It features a trackpad, gyro, haptics, plus buttons and joysticks for handheld gaming, as well as ports for preferred peripherals. Those who have preordered a Steam Deck handheld report it is equally at home with indie games and AAA blockbusters like God of War and Elden Ring, measuring up impressively to the older Nintendo Switch console.

The Steam Deck is built to be upgrade-friendly. Storage can be an issue with the base model offering only 64GB, but there are 256GB and 512GB NVMe SSD options. The platform also features microSD card slots for additional storage: perfect for Kingston’s Canvas Go Plus microSD. youtube.com/watch?v=lpqy6V9NNO...

Valve is indicating that it expects and even encourages tech enthusiasts to crack the case and modify the Steam Deck. It published a video of a device teardown and sent replacement parts to services like iFixit for sale to customers. There are already examples of people using the machine in novel ways, from work PC to streaming device to portable media center. Valve will release peripherals to facilitate this as the platform matures such as dock planned for late Spring 2022 to connect to external displays, wired internet, USB peripherals and power. You can also use a USB-C hub with it like the Nucleum youtube.com/watch?v=5OPEVDliWq... which features HDMI output, USB-A, SD and MicroSD card readers and power passthrough.

Do you have a Steam Deck, and have you had the chance for any DIY with it yet? Let us know in the comments!

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Intro 0:00
About Steam Deck 0:58
Games 2:08
Additional Storage 2:18
Upgradability and Reparability 3:11
Outro 3:33

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