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Starting this Summer, iFixit will offer Steam Deck replacement parts

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Even though Valve thinks you shouldn't open up your Steam Deck, and they would prefer a professional do it, they will still offer parts through iFixit.

The team at iFixit recently did a video teardown, showing off things Valve suggest not to do as part of their announcement on teaming up with Valve for this. The good news is the wait won't be too long, as they told The Verge that parts will become available to order "this Summer".

If you want to be notified of when they become available, you can sign up to be notified.

Personally, I don't think I'll be opening up my Deck to fiddle around with its insides. I plan to mostly use mine as an actual gaming device, without any hardware adjustments. Will you be opening up yours though? Let us know in the comments.

If you missed it, Valve did their own teardown and it was quite good:

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Cmdr_Iras Mar 7, 2022
Makes sense that it is 'Summer' onwards for availability as they will need the bulk of components for production to eat into the queue and get the 'After Q2' lot fulfilled. If they weent to early with the spares it would probably rub some people the wrong way if they arent maximising production, even though a percentage of parts will always be alloted for spares and repairs.

Additionally they will be building their own component stock for RMA's etc.

Cant wait to get mine, part of me though is regretting the 256GB choice and should have gone for the 64GB, but who was to know how easy the upgrade of the NVME drive was going to be.

Last edited by Cmdr_Iras on 7 March 2022 at 10:30 am UTC
Geppeto35 Mar 7, 2022
Too sad that the ssd format is not quite common. Limiting the interest for my point of view.
g000h Mar 7, 2022
Valve's decision to make Steam Deck repair not locked-down and give the end-consumer choice in how to deal with it - should be fully applauded.

This is one of the problems with lots of technology today - The manufacturer makes it especially difficult to repair and use the device the way you want. After you buy the product, it should be 100% your product, and not still under control of the original manufacturer.

Mobile phones should *not* be glued together. Independent repair people and you should be able to buy replacement parts.
Philadelphus Mar 8, 2022
I'm not planning to open mine up*, but I'm glad the option exists!

*I've reserved the 512 GB one, and most of my games are smaller than a few GB in size, and the really big ones tend to be ones I'll probably still be playing on my desktop rather than the Deck, so if I really need more size I'll just buy a hefty microSD card. It's nice to know I could replace parts if they fail or break, though.
Guppy Mar 8, 2022
This makes me wonder if it would be possible to buy enough spare parts to build a 'steam console' out of them, I imagine it wouldn't be a cheap option but would make a cool project - and the hardware is guaranteed to work with linux out of the box ;)
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