Steam Deck SSD shouldn't be replaced, warns Valve

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The Steam Deck's SSD can technically be replaced and upgraded, but Valve has recommended that users don't do this.

Yesterday on July 18, PC Gamer noted that a Reddit user reached out to Valve's Gabe Newell to enquire about the Steam Deck's SSD. Newell apparently replied to the user, stating that the SSD was connected to the Steam Deck itself via a 2230 M.2 slot, meaning the SSD itself can theoretically be taken out and replaced.

However, now the official Steam Deck website asks that users avoid doing this. On the tech specs section of the official website for Valve's new device, the storage section notes that the Steam Deck's SSD is "not intended for end-user replacement," making it pretty clear that users shouldn't try to take matters into their own hands with modifying the hardware.

Due to the SSD's connection to the Steam Deck through the 2230 M.2 slot, you'd likely have to disassemble the entire device in order to replace the SSD. Through this, the user would obviously be voiding any warranty period on the Steam Deck, which is probably why Valve recommends you don't try this at home.

Elsewhere yesterday, it was revealed that the Steam Deck might not be capable of running some of the most popular online games on Steam, including Destiny 2, Apex Legends, PUBG, and more. This is due to the Steam Deck using a Linux-based operating system, which could potentially prevent online games from booting up on the device due to anti-cheat software.

However, Valve has said they're working to improve the Steam Deck's operating system before it launches later this year. The manufacturer has specifically mentioned wanting to improve the operating system for developers, so there's always a chance this kink could be ironed out prior to the hardware launching (which we're really hoping is the case).

The Steam Deck launches later this year in December 2021, as Valve attempts capture some of that Nintendo magic that's worked so well for the Switch. Pre-orders for the new device are open right now, starting at $349.99, but scalpers are already auctioning off pre-orders for the hardware at ridiculous prices. You'll have to keep a keen eye out if you're still to reserve your unit.

For more on the upcoming device, head over to our writeup on why the Steam Deck is fantastic for customization.

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.