The era of repairing your own gadgets is almost here, and Valve’s Steam Deck gaming PC can set the best example yet – not only does it offer an easy-to-repair design, but it already looks that way almost every part will be sold separately in iFixit.
Tonight the company prematurely unveiled a huge collection of its promised repair parts on its website and we were surprised to see it all up motherboard with AMD Aerith chip at the heart of the Steam Deck will soon be available, of course, for the expensive $ 350.
In fact, iFixit will even sell parts that can be considered upgrades to an existing Steam Deck – if you decide you prefer a anti-glare screen that only comes with the 512GB model, or a supposedly quieter Huaying fan, you you will be able to get them for $ 95 and $ 25 respectively. You can pay $ 5 more for the Fix Kit, which comes with everything you need to make these repairs – which I highly recommend for the screen. If you already have a blade and a screwdriver, you probably don’t need them for the fan.
In fact, iFixit wanted to send us a full price list in the US for each part it will sell in the first wave, a total of 23 different parts:
Repair parts for Steam Deck in iFixit
|SKU / Link||name||Price|
|SKU / Link||name||Price|
|2600021||Steam Deck Fan / Part Only||$ 24.99|
|2600022||Steam Deck fan / fixing kit||$ 29.99|
|2600031||Steam Deck (512GB) Screen / part only||$ 94.99|
|2600032||Steam Deck (512GB) Screen / Fixing Kit||$ 99.99|
|2600041||Steam Deck (64GB or 256GB) Screen / part only||$ 64.99|
|2600042||Steam Deck (64GB or 256GB) Screen / Fixing Kit||$ 69.99|
|2600051||Steam Deck right thumb / part only||$ 19.99|
|2600052||Steam Deck Right Thumbstick / Fix Kit||$ 24.99|
|2600061||Steam Deck, left executioner / part only||$ 19.99|
|2600062||Steam Deck Left Thumbstick / Fix Kit||$ 24.99|
|2600071||Steam Deck action button Rubber membrane||$ 4.99|
|2600081||Steam Deck D-Pad rubber membrane||$ 4.99|
|2600091||Rubber membrane for steam deck||$ 4.99|
|2600101||Steam Deck speakers||$ 24.99|
|2600291||Assembling the left Steam Deck button||$ 7.99|
|2600301||Assemble the right Steam Deck button||$ 7.99|
|2600161||Steam Deck left bumper assembly||$ 6.99|
|2600171||Assembling the right bumper of Steam Deck||$ 6.99|
|2600181||Steam Deck backplate||$ 24.99|
|2600191||Steam Deck front panel||$ 24.99|
|2600201||Steam Deck motherboard||$ 349.99|
|2600211||Steam Deck child board||$ 29.99|
|2600221||Steam Deck Left daughter board||$ 34.99|
|2600231||Steam Deck battery glue||$ 4.99|
|2600241||Steam Deck screen adhesive||$ 4.99|
|2600251||Steam Deck AC Adapter (USA)||$ 24.99|
|2600261||AC adapter for Steam Deck (EU)||$ 24.99|
|2600271||Steam Deck AC Adapter (UK)||$ 24.99|
GamingOnLinux there is partial list of prices in the United Kingdom also.
One thing you won’t see right away is the Steam Deck battery, however, which is obviously a critical wear part for a battery-powered console that can easily run out in two hours. iFixit only has a replacement connection for the battery (and SSD, thanks u / Fidler_2K @ Reddit).
Here’s what iFixit CEO Kyle Vince says On the edge About the battery:
We are creating a Steam Deck repair solution that includes all the step-by-step guides and parts you need to repair your Deck. Our initial version includes parts and tools for most repairs. We have no decision to repair the batteries on the first day, but we are committed to working with Valve to maintain these devices as they age. Replacing the batteries will be essential for the Steam Deck to stand the test of time.
He could not say when they would go on sale except “soon”.
Earlier today we published some pages related to our upcoming release of parts with Valve. They were live earlier than we had planned, so we ended up taking them down. If you have received an order for parts, we will respect it.
The real launch is coming soon!
– iFixit (@iFixit) May 21, 2022
There is still no touchpad, D-pad or buttons on the list, although iFixit will sell the rubber membranes that pass under them. And without an internal metal frame, EM screens or flexible ribbon cables. So it’s not like building an entire deck out of parts. But if you break the plastic front panel, it can be an easy $ 25 fix, and you can’t say the same for most gadgets.
It’s pretty easy to get into Steam Deck, by the way: when my wand got a little sticky, I managed to take it out for cleaning by removing only seven screws (and opening tough little plastic clips, I admit).
By the way: if you are interested in the right to repair and official parts, I have a story that comes out later this morning that you may want to read.