Valve Designer warns that Steam Deck’s SSD mod will shorten its lifespan

A screenshot from an October 2021 Steam Deck teardown video in which Valve strongly discourages handheld PC mods.

Valve’s Steam Deck is a cooler handheld PC You probably don’t want to change too much. However, when the creative juices start flowing and you feel the need to tinker with it, Valve User Experience Designer Lawrence Yang advises against at least one such mod increases the literal size of the deck’s SSD. The reason? Modifying the m.2 2230 SSD significantly “reduces” the life of the device.

PC gamer posted a blog on June 24th Report on a Canadian modder named Belly Jelly who posted some photos of their latest project: They figured it out The portable console can accommodate a physically larger internal memory card as the it comes with. As every modder who makes an intriguing discovery like this does, Belly Jelly attempted a larger 2242 m.2 NVMe SSD because it “doesn’t collide with anything on the motherboard or put additional strain on cables.” Belly Jelly noticed this A larger card “bends the heatspreader a bit” which could affect that of the deck loading skills.

That’s where Valve’s Lawrence Yang came in PC gamer‘s Story and Belly Jelly’s Bulging Steam Deck Mod, Yang Direct people warned: “Please don’t do this.” Yang explained that the charging integrated circuits “get very hot” and that tangentially connected thermal pads “should not be moved”. More specifically, Yang seemed to condemn the use of 2242m.2 SSDs because they “Draw more current and get hotter than what the deck is designed for.”

“This mod seems to work, but will significantly reduce the lifespan of your deck,” Yang said.

kotaku has reached out to Belly Jelly, Valve, and Yang for comment.

Yang’s opposition to replacing the SSD is consistent with Valve’s previous messages on the subject. Valve answered a July 2021 IGN interview that the internal memory card is not upgradeable. The company then confirmed this again a teardown video from October 2021 It was mentioned there that tinkering with the handheld device could lead to power consumption issues or worse, death. And even Device location clarified that the socketed m.2 2230 SSD “is not intended for end user replacement”. So seriously, be careful when messing around with your Steam deck’s internals. Things could get messy.

And modder Belly Jelly agreed, saying people should do it at their own risk.

Anyway, if you’re still wondering where your Steam deck is right now, Yang has confirmed it on Twitter Valve will begin shipping more handheld devices this Thursday to people who are part of the Q3 order queue. He also clarified The edge the Valve will begin shipping duplicate units this week also. Valve Designer warns that Steam Deck’s SSD mod will shorten its lifespan

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