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News hardware & software 30 June 2022, 12:32

Weaker Steam Deck; Valve Changes Specs

Valve has changed the specifications of Steam Deck. The device may have a weaker SSD version than originally expected.

  • Steam Deck has experienced an unexpected downgrade.
  • Some devices end up in the hands of users with a weaker version of the SSD.
  • According to Valve, this has a negligible impact on the performance.

It would seem that the dust after Steam Deck's release settled pretty quickly. It turned out that the device has its problems, it was hard to getand in addition, the prices of replacement parts are extremely high. In turn, additional accessories have suffered delays.

Now it turns out that Steam Deck has another potential problem. The device has suffered a downgrade when it comes to SSDs in some models.

Steam Deck with unexpected changes

Steam Deck versions with 256 GB and 512 GB SSDs were originally intended to use PCIe 3.0 x4 interfaces. Hardware Luxx (via PC Gamer) noted, however, that the current spec description of the device informs about the use of drives with PCIe 3.0 x2 interface (Interestingly, this applies only to the English version of the description).

So this means that some users may receive versions of Steam Deck with a weaker version of SSD (at least in terms of PCI interface). Essentially, it's a lottery because you can't order a unit that uses the interface of your choice. In fact, some devices with the new specs have already made their way into the hands of consumers.

However, Valve assures that the change does not affect the experience of using Steam Deck. Tests conducted by the company were to prove that both versions of the interface offer the same performance in the context of the entire device. The difference is supposed to be noticeable only in "extremely rare cases".

It remains to be hoped that this is true, and people who have purchased Valve's device will not have further reasons to complain.

Przemyslaw Dygas

Przemyslaw Dygas

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