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JSAUX teasing a clear Back Plate for the Steam Deck

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JSAUX, maker of many Steam Deck Docking Stations, might be teasing a clear Back Plate they're designing for the Steam Deck.

They seem to be never far away from releasing something new, with on Docking Station after another but now it seems they're onto something different. I'm surprised it actually took any company this long, as no doubt a clear Back Plate would be popular as we all know clear tech is awesome. I fondly remember my see-through Game Boy Pocket, what a glorious thing it was.

Anyway, on Twitter, JSAUX teased "We are designing a new product, related to the shell on the back, let me see if anyone guesses correctly what it is.👀" with this image:

Would you buy one? I 100% would.

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Arten Nov 3, 2022
QuoteI'm surprised it actually took any company this long

I'm not suprised
- Steamdeck CAD files are under "Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License". This is clearly commercial usage, so they needed communication with Valve for get permission and Valve maybe came with some strings attached (material quality,...).
- In addition, the mould for this requires more precision than the for Dock and therefore production may take longer.
- This is niche product. Only small group from SteamDeck owners want to change backplate in comparison with who want dock, so priority is low.
Pengling Nov 3, 2022
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I'm strongly reminded of those snap-on clear covers that seem to get trotted out for every handheld going... (As an aside, those always look brittle to me, especially the ones for larger devices - do people really use them?)


Last edited by Pengling on 3 November 2022 at 11:34 am UTC
Liam Dawe Nov 3, 2022
Quoting: Arten- Steamdeck CAD files are under "Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License". This is clearly commercial usage, so they needed communication with Valve for get permission and Valve maybe came with some strings attached (material quality,...).
You raise a good point, hopefully JSAUX are smart enough to know this before putting the work in...
DrNick Nov 3, 2022
I wonder if they'll offer different colours. It's a long shot, but I'm hoping for cyan and sparkly like the Pokemon Crystal case.
Klaas Nov 3, 2022
As an added difficulty there is a high probability that you need different moulds for clear and opaque back plates due to different shrinkage.
const Nov 6, 2022
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: Arten- Steamdeck CAD files are under "Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License". This is clearly commercial usage, so they needed communication with Valve for get permission and Valve maybe came with some strings attached (material quality,...).
You raise a good point, hopefully JSAUX are smart enough to know this before putting the work in...
As far as I know, the CAD files only properly represent the outside of the device. All the little things on the inside are still up for 3rd party to measure themselves. For the backplate, this is gonna be very very important, since it's part of the cooling strategy,
yellownumber5 Nov 13, 2022
I'm hoping they make a metallic back, either aluminum or magnesium, that also has a plate to mate with the heat spreader to dissipate extra heat without messing up the internal airflow.
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