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Get a look inside the Steam Deck in Valve's latest video

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Want to see inside a Steam Deck? Valve has delivered in the latest video although they're keen to remind people not to do any of this yourself.

Valve say it's both a "How to" video and a "Why you shouldn't do any of this". Although they mention once you have it you have a right to do so, it's not recommended. With everything packed so tightly together they're giving a warning about damage to batteries, something that could cause a fire so there's a threat to your life kind of warning involved if you do it wrong. The warranty also doesn't cover any damage done by you if you really choose to do this.

Before getting to the video here's what Valve say about it in the description:

One of the most frequently asked questions we've received about Steam Deck is about the components inside it, and whether they're replaceable or upgradable. The answer is a bit more complicated than just a yes or no, so we've made a video to explain all the details. Spoiler alert: we DON'T recommend replacing parts yourself, but we still want you to have all of the relevant information about Steam Deck's components.

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If you missed it we recently went over the top 100 games played on Steam, to see how many currently work on Linux and should also work on the Steam Deck.

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Lightkey 7 Oct
Quoting: gradyvuckovic
Quoting: NumericThis is what makes Valve's product different. Could you imagine a corporation like Apple or Nintendo ever making a video like this?

I agree with the video that you only mess with your hardware if you have the skills, but its nice to see a hardware vendor that doesn't go out of their way to make repairs a nightmare.

Absolutely, couldn't have said it any better.

Only Valve would do this because they're a bunch of nerds. Which is why I, a fellow nerd, love them.

Never change Valve!

Sony.
KuJo 7 Oct
Thanks for the video, Valve!

I have in fact reserved the 64GB eMMC model. With the plan to put a 1TB NVMe SSD in it... that will get me cheaper than the 512GB model and still have more space. :)

The Kioxia BG4 1024GB Internal M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD 2230 M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 Bulk (KBG40ZNS1T02) is already available for around 180€.

Just hope that I can install SteamOS 3.0 from the MicroSD card ... because to install the SSD I have to remove the eMMC board plugged into the SSD slot. Otherwise, only a USB stick remains, but for which I then need a / the USB docking station (which is also already planned).


Last edited by KuJo on 7 October 2021 at 2:44 pm UTC
Skipperio 7 Oct
Spoiler, click me
Quoting: KuJoThanks for the video, Valve!

I have in fact reserved the 64GB eMMC model. With the plan to put a 1TB NVMe SSD in it... that will get me cheaper than the 512GB model and still have more space. :)

The Kioxia BG4 1024GB Internal M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD 2230 M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 Bulk (KBG40ZNS1T02) is already available for around 180€.

Just hope that I can install SteamOS 3.0 from the MicroSD card ... because to install the SSD I have to remove the eMMC board plugged into the SSD slot. Otherwise, only a USB stick remains, but for which I then need a / the USB docking station (which is also already planned).
it has normal BIOS so you can boot it from USB and install on new SSD ez pz. IT'S a PC
Arten 7 Oct
Quoting: Skipperio
Spoiler, click me
Quoting: KuJoThanks for the video, Valve!

I have in fact reserved the 64GB eMMC model. With the plan to put a 1TB NVMe SSD in it... that will get me cheaper than the 512GB model and still have more space. :)

The Kioxia BG4 1024GB Internal M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD 2230 M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 Bulk (KBG40ZNS1T02) is already available for around 180€.

Just hope that I can install SteamOS 3.0 from the MicroSD card ... because to install the SSD I have to remove the eMMC board plugged into the SSD slot. Otherwise, only a USB stick remains, but for which I then need a / the USB docking station (which is also already planned).
it has normal BIOS so you can boot it from USB and install on new SSD ez pz. IT'S a PC

I hope Valve says BIOS, but they mean Coreboot. :-)
Freya 8 Oct
Quoting: cybik
Quoting: QuinnI got a weird vibe from the video. Everything about it screams "open it up" but the idea it tries so hard to convey (and fails in my opinion) is "don’t."

The short of it is, from a legal and logistical standpoint for VALVe, it makes sense for them to want users to not play with the insides of the product, so that they're less on the hook for anything that hits the fan. So, essentially the "don't" part is them putting enough legalese in the video that they basically are shouting "Get off our backs, if you do this you're on your own". But it's also them saying "don't do this, REALLY don't do this, but if you REALLY still want to do this, here's how to do it minimizing risk. Still don't do this. Did we mention don't do this".

It's like drug safety information. It's like you shouldn't take this but if you're going to anyway here's how to minimize the chance you going into A&E or worse die
Quoting: Guppy
Quoting: TheRiddick
Quoting: whizse"ESD strap should make skin contact! Oops."

Still haven't ESD kill any device I believe in my whole life of electronic bga repairs. I think you need to spend 1hr charging up on carpet first! :)

Simply discharging by touching the grounded chassi of a computer before you start touching electric components is enough to keep it from happening unless your shuffling your woolen socks on gradma carpet while your doing it, in this case that isn't an option though (so discharge on a nearby doorknob and wait for until your fingers stop being numb ;) ).

But having said that it clear that the trained professional have never used a ESD strap before, also I suspect his gloves would form an ESD barrier all on their own so it's kind of redundant anyway.

I learned the ESD Strap lesson the hard way. I fried the mobo in my PC by simply trying to upgrade the video card. The PC would not even power on after that. A $5 ESD strap could have saved me $400 in parts to repair my PC from that mistake. It only takes one bad time.
StenPett 9 Oct
Mad props to Valve for creating a video that's basically "Please don't open the Steam Deck, but here's how you do it"

I've built computers for damn near 30 years. I build and maintain servers for a living. I deal with sensitive electronic equipment on a daily basis.

Once I get my hands on a Steam Deck, you better believe that thing is getting a bigger SSD...
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