Valve’s Steam Deck is officially a game console. The device is a handheld computer in the form factor of a game console, architecturally and ideologically. It is possible to repair and upgrade it, assuming you have the right parts. IFixit plans to offer all internal and external components for Steam Deck systems that allow do-it-yourself repairs. But these parts will not be cheap.
On Friday, iFixit began offering Steam Deck components in its own store in the United Kingdomoffering everything from chargers and buttons to displays and motherboards, according to a report from GamingOnLinux. However, as it turned out a little later, iFixit was a little early to start sales, so it had to lower the page (for a while), but to follow orders placed by early birds, the company said. Twitter.
“Earlier today, we published some pages related to our upcoming release of parts with Valve,” the company said in a statement. “They came out earlier than we planned, so we ended up taking them down. If you have received an order for parts, we will respect it. Expect a real start soon!
While the tweet itself means that iFixit doesn’t sell (or may not be allowed to sell) the right parts before a certain date, it also means that the company has plans to offer them in the future. In addition, this means that the company is waiting for Valve’s approval or the announcement of a DIY repair program. The main thing is that spare parts will soon be available to Steam Deck owners.
But keep in mind that these Steam Deck parts from iFixit are anything but cheap. For example, a plain screen for the 512 GB model costs $ 99.99, $ 19.99 for the thumbs and $ 24.99 for the fan, while a Steam Deck motherboard without an SSD can be yours for a whopping $ 349.99.
It is unclear whether Valve plans to introduce a DIY repair program for its Steam Deck or iFixit has simply teamed up with the platform owner for this project. But the key question here is whether this program will allow enthusiasts to build their own Steam Decks or even use console motherboards for various non-gaming projects. The Raspberry Pi demonstrates how creative people can be, and while significantly more expensive and difficult to program, the Steam Deck is also much more powerful. So why not?