Valve’s Steam Deck has been successful to this point, its (comparatively) modest specs probably not a problem when weighed in opposition to the scale of the display screen and the actual fact you may play it on the bus. However as a result of it’s primarily a small PC, the temptation is at all times there to enhance it.
Which is precisely what Linus Tech Suggestions has performed of their newest video, taking Valve’s humble handheld and juicing it in some key areas. Whereas they clearly don’t change the Steam Deck’s CPU or GPU, they may make some key additions/replacements elsewhere in an try to enhance the system’s efficiency.
That features eradicating the Steam Deck’s potentiometer-based joysticks and changing them with some electromagnetic ones. These have an a variety of benefits, together with higher sturdiness (they gained’t drift) and a smaller “deadzone”.
Additionally improved is the hand-held’s storage, with an experimental 2TB SSD unit slotting neatly into the system in a method that circumvents the entire trouble folks can have—trouble that Valve has warned explicitly in opposition to—when putting in bigger, extra heat-intensive options. This provides this explicit Steam Deck 3TB of storage, a ridiculous quantity for such a small pc.
There’s additionally an additional fan serving to an huge heatsink (that protrudes straight out the again of the unit), a tempered glass display screen protector and an exterior battery improve that isn’t probably the most elegant method of prolonging the Steam Deck’s display screen time, however is extremely satisfying because it attaches to the again of the hand-held by way of magnets.
The tip result’s a tool that appears much less like a gaming handheld and extra like one thing a 90s sci-fi film would have actors hacking a locked door with, however as you may see within the video beneath, the outcomes—centered principally as they’re on sturdiness, longevity and tranquility—on the finish converse for themselves.