Valve has always been a supporter of open hardware and software, but its latest video shows the opposite in the upcoming Steam Deck. The gaming company has posted a Steam Deck teardown video showing how to unlock the handheld console while at the same time urging you to keep the system locked. It sure is possible to get in – just because you may cause more problems than you solve.
As Valve explains, the Steam Deck is tightly packed with highly customized parts, including thumb sticks. While the company promises replacements for various parts in the “coming months,” there is a chance you could damage the system on your way through static electricity or other accidents. There can also be consequences for using off-the-shelf parts. An SSD might interfere with handheld temperatures, for example. According to Valve, you can even compromise the safety of the console once you unlock it.
This probably won’t deter you if you insist on repairing Steam Deck yourself. It’s clear that Valve is expecting at least some unofficial repair attempts given its parts plan. However, it is clear that half life The manufacturer wants you to rely on Valve’s own technicians, or at least third-party professionals, in the event of a deck failure. This device is not the poster child for the right to repair, even if it is easier to fix than other devices.
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