It’s not day by day a conveyable handheld producer encourages you to do your repairs and upgrades your self. Well, to be truthful, mainly they nonetheless do not. That mentioned, Valve has had no qualms about sharing the best way to take aside and put again collectively its Steam Deck. Not with out loads of warning that you possibly can harm the {hardware}, although.

Well, following within the footsteps of modders earlier than them, Twitter person @TheSmcelrea has determined to change their Steam Deck to permit for the set up of an M.2 2242 SSD. That’s nice information, as a result of the 2230, which is what comes with a Steam Deck’s customary config usually are not that frequent in comparison with its bigger brethren. Because of the decrease public market demand for this scale typically finally ends up with a better value in comparison with its 2242 brethren. Not solely that, this particualr drive has sooner learn and write speeds than the one included, the modder recorded write speeds of 406 MB/s through the set up of SteamOS, which is fairly fast for a handheld.

So how do you do that mod? It’s truly not all that a lot. According to the sequence of Tweets from the modder it was mainly simply shifting across the group of cables and thermal pads on the inside of the case and voila, room for a bigger SSD! The solely doable concern is that the warmth spreader bows somewhat bit, however the again place reassembled and it was put again along with little to no points. These easy shifts do not even add any further pressure on the cables that get moved round both, so the Steam Deck, from the manufacturing unit, is greater than able to having this modification executed to it.

The drive that the modder put into the steam deck was truly only a easy KingSpec PCI-e 512 GB 1100/1000 MB/s 512 GB single sided SSD. That implies that mainly nearly any SSD with comparable specs ought to work completely advantageous for the Steam Deck. Additionally as a result of you may simply download SteamOS straight from the Steam website, you can begin with an empty drive and set up recent. You do not even must clone your present drive, although it’d make issues somewhat simpler.