Steam Deck disassembly shows the internal hardware, please don’t do it yourself

If you want to know how Valve came Steam deck Try to do everything it does without resorting to some kind of technical alchemy, and you will be happy to know that the company has released the official teardown of its upcoming handheld gaming PC.

However, before the skilled person started to work, removing all the custom chips and large-capacity batteries from the console, the company took a long time to warn you not to turn on the machine yourself because you “may mess things up, for example, very serious”.


This video introduces many hardware of the handheld in detail, and tells the brave tinker through the process of replacing various components of the console. Video voice-over warnings are very obvious, and it’s common to remind yourself not to do this frequently—especially when it comes to messing up the battery.

Valve pointed out that if you happened to puncture the battery in that bad boy, you could start a terrible fire. You have been warned.

Although you can replace the parts in the handheld device like a normal PC, Valve recommends not to do so. “Steam Deck is a very rigorously designed system. The components are carefully selected for this product with a specific structure, so they are not really designed to be user-replaceable,” Valve said.

In particular, it warns against replacing the SSD: “Our SSD is very close to our wireless module and has been specially selected and tested to not interfere with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth,” the company explained. “Off-the-shelf SSDs may have different transmission modes, which may affect wireless performance.”


Like all technical discussions in the video, Steam Deck is a powerful piece of hardware. Valve hasn’t seen games that Steam Deck can’t handle, and has recently shown that it can run “The Witcher 3” smoothly.

Steam Deck will start shipping in December this year, with three configurations, starting at $400.