Valve’s Steam Deck has been a hit to this point, its (comparatively) modest specs not likely a problem when weighed towards the dimensions of the display screen and the very fact you may play it on the bus. But as a result of it’s basically a small PC, the temptation is at all times there to enhance it.
Which is precisely what Linus Tech Tips has achieved of their newest video, taking Valve’s humble handheld and juicing it in some key areas. While 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 machine’s efficiency.
That consists of 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 received’t drift) and a smaller “deadzone”.
Also improved is the hand-held’s storage, with an experimental 2TB SSD unit slotting neatly into the machine in a means that circumvents the entire trouble individuals can have—trouble that Valve has warned explicitly towards—when putting in bigger, extra heat-intensive options. This provides this specific Steam Deck 3TB of storage, a ridiculous quantity for such a small laptop.
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 means of prolonging the Steam Deck’s display screen time, however is extremely satisfying because it attaches to the again of the hand-held through magnets.
The finish 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 calmness—on the finish converse for themselves.