Steam Deck Replacement Parts Won’t Come Cheap


Valve’s Steam Deck is formally a game console. The device is a portable PC in a game console form factor, architectural and ideological. It is repairable and upgradeable, assuming you have the correct parts. IFixit plans to offer all internal and external components for Steam Deck systems allowing for do-it-yourself repairs. But these parts will not come cheap.

On Friday, iFixit began offering Steam Deck components in its UK store, offering everything from chargers and buttons to displays and motherboard, according to a report from GamingOnLinux. However, as it turned out a little later, iFixit was a bit too early to start sales, so it had to take down the appropriate page (for a while), while respecting early bird orders. , the company said on Twitter.

“Earlier today, we posted a few pages related to our upcoming parts launch with Valve,” the company’s statement read. “These went live earlier than expected, so we ended up removing them. If you received a parts order, we’ll honor it. Stay tuned for the real launch soon!

While the tweet itself means iFixit isn’t selling (or may not be allowed to sell) the correct parts until a specific date, it also means the company intends to bring them to the market. ‘coming. Plus, it means the company is waiting for an approval from Valve or an announcement of a DIY repair program. The key point is that spare parts will soon be available for Steam Deck owners.

But keep in mind that these Steam Deck parts from iFixit are anything but cheap. For example, a standard screen for the 512GB model costs $99.99, $19.99 for the controllers and $24.99 for the fan, while the SSD-less Steam Deck motherboard can be yours for a rather high amount of $349.99.

It’s unclear if Valve plans to introduce a DIY repair program for its Steam Deck or if iFixit has just teamed up with platform support for this project. But a key question here is whether, through this program, enthusiasts will be able to build their Steam Decks or even use the console’s motherboards for various non-gaming projects. Raspberry Pi has demonstrated just how people can be creative, and although considerably more expensive and harder to program, Steam Deck is also much more powerful. So why not?


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