Following a false begin final week, iFixit has formally began to promote substitute components for Valve’s Steam Deck. The components embody substitute instances, joysticks, followers, buttons and even shows.
The listing of components will be discovered right here. The most cost effective components are the membranes that go below buttons, beginning at $4.99 for a brand new rubber membrane for the Steam button, D-Pad or motion button. For $6.99, you will get new bumper assemblies, whereas set off assemblies are $7.99. The precise buttons aren’t but on the market, however not less than the joysticks are ($19.99 every).
Some elements will be bought with instruments. A $24.99 Steam Deck Fan, for instance, is $29.99 should you additionally need a screwdriver, tweezers and a few picks to get the case open.
The brand new shows could be the most attention-grabbing repair provided. The 512GB Steam Deck has an anti-glare etched glass that’s distinctive to the top-end mannequin. iFixit is promoting each the usual show for the 64GB and 256GB mannequin (beginning at $64.99) and the etched glass (starting at $94.99). I am certain some customers might think about swapping out the shows on their gadgets.
There are additionally a sequence of iFixit substitute guides for the Steam Deck, which has directions for tons of half that you may exchange. It even contains the motherboard and battery, which iFixit would not have substitute components for in the meanwhile.
The truth that there is not any battery at launch is questionable. The Steam Deck wants frequent recharging, in order that’s a component that is more likely to see some critical put on and tear. Final week, iFixit CEO Kyle Wien instructed The Verge:
“We’re constructing an answer for repairing the Steam Deck that features all of the step-by-step guides and components that it’s good to repair your Deck. Our preliminary launch contains the components and instruments to finish most repairs. We don’t have an answer for battery repairs on day one, however we’re dedicated to working with Valve to take care of these gadgets as they age. Battery replacements are going to be important to creating the Steam Deck stand the check of time.”
Earlier than Valve launched the Steam Deck, it posted its personal teardown, however warned in opposition to doing it your self. (It turned a bit notorious among the many PC gaming group for suggesting a battery explosion might kill you.) But it surely additionally partnered with iFixit, so not less than you’ve the chance.
iFixit gave the Steam Deck a 7 out of 10 repairability rating, praising the opening process and modularity, however discovering that the battery is tough to take away and that the cost port is soldered down.