Valve’s iFixit service has been a big hit, with over 100 million views and 60,000 community members. In 2019, the company is partnering up with more than 20 official replacement parts manufacturers to offer their products on Valve’s platform.
In order to offer new components for the Steam Deck, Valve has teamed up with iFixit. When the handheld is officially released, this procedure will allow tinkerers to change the hardware of their new toy. Although the two firms are still discussing which components will be offered in stores.
However, there seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for the idea of include the battery, screen, thumbstick, and SSD in the aftersales package. These are the basic hardware necessities that will almost certainly need to be replaced after some period of heavy usage. Alternatively, in the event of a better experience, owing to the necessity to replace some elements, such as a theoretically longer battery or replacing even the quickest SD card for Steam Deck with bigger m.2 internal storage chips.
According to Valve:
“… if you recall from our Take a peek inside Steam Deck video (aka the “please don’t do this” video), we said that certain Steam Deck replacement components will be available for purchase. Today, we’re announcing that iFixit will be one of the authorized vendors of Steam Deck replacement components, as well as Valve Index VR replacement parts. We’re currently ironing out the specifics, and we’ll have more to say about it shortly.”
Why should you use iFixit?
iFixit has built a reputation as a trustworthy resource for all things electronics, including repairs, over the years. Its video demonstrating a comprehensive disassembly of the Steam Deck just demonstrates the platform’s electrical capability. And dismantling the handheld is no easy task, since certain pieces seem to be more difficult to remove than others. One of them is the battery, which the iFixit video narrator refers to as the device’s “Achilles heel.” Or, to put it another way, a weak spot that might cause a durable equipment to fail beyond repair, such as catching fire. As a result, it’s only natural for the platform to play a role in the distribution of the machine’s exclusive components. And it seems to be well-deserved, given that it is one of the most well-known brands in the industry.
Under the Hood of a Steam Engine
Valve just released a video demonstrating the Steam Deck’s teardown. It shows a disassembly of Valve’s cherished hardware and is titled “Take a peek inside Steam DeckTM!” It does, however, come with the stated goal of getting into the internal components, such as thumbsticks and SSD storage. Specific hardware components that, more or less, will become a concern for consumers due to wear and tear in the future. The video teaches would-be tinkerers how to strip the Steam Deck down to its inner workings, from which screws to remove to which connections to disconnect.
However, the procedure, like any effort to deconstruct an electrical gadget to its fundamental components, runs the danger of voiding the warranty. Not to mention the possibility of mistreatment, which might result in irreparable damage to the handheld. For example, if the battery catches fire, the whole structure might be destroyed. Something Valve has been very clear about, as well as a given, for people to think about before doing.