iFixit’s selection of Steam Deck components includes entire motherboards

seen by IGN and GamingOnLinuxDIY repair company I fix it accidentally revealed its Steam Deck component catalog earlier, providing an interesting look at the console’s repair options. The complete list is as follows:

  • Fan: $24.99 / £19.99
  • Anti-glare screen: $94.99 / £89.99
  • Regular screen: $64.99/£59.99
  • L/D Handle: $19.99/NA
  • Action Button, D-Pad or Steam Button Membrane: $4.99 / £4.99
  • Speakers: $24.99 / £24.99
  • L/R Trigger Set: $7.99/NA
  • L/R bumper set: $6.99/£6.99
  • Backplate: $24.99 / £24.99
  • Faceplate: $24.99 / £24.99
  • Motherboard (no SSD): $349.99 / £289.99
  • L/R Daughter Card: $29.99/NA
  • Battery or screen sticker: $4.99 / £4.96
  • AC Adapter (US/EU/UK): $24.99/£24.99

Many of the components also come with an optional $5 iFixit “Fix Kit” to assist with installation. The most surprising addition, in my opinion, is the full Steam Deck motherboard without SSD. Between this list of components and Valve release of CAD files for the Steam Deck shell, you’re well on your way to building one of these yourself. It wouldn’t be cost effective at all, as the motherboard alone would cost as much as a retail Deck, but it’s surprising to see so many official options in the typically proprietary and anti-DIY world of mobile computing.

That said, the Steam Deck battery exclusion is surprising given the extensive selection – battery degradation over the years is a major concern in a mobile device’s longevity, and often a nearly insurmountable obstacle to keeping smartphones usable. in the long run. term. However, iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens has indicated that the company is working on selling the Steam Deck battery separately:

“We don’t have a solution for day one battery repairs, but we are committed to working with Valve to maintain these devices as they age,” Wiens told IGN. “Battery replacements will be essential to make the Steam Deck stand the test of time.”

The Deck is seriously delivering on Valve’s repair promises, but I’m curious to see what this openness and modularity might mean for the device’s upgradeability in the future. Would it be conceivable to replace the motherboard of a first-gen Steam Deck with a hypothetical Deck 2, bringing a degree of desktop modularity to this handheld console? Time will tell, but it’s already taking mobile technology in an interesting new direction.

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