iFixit has partnered with Valve to be an authorized replacement parts seller for both the Steam Deck and Valve Index. Valve has been open to many different aspects of the Steam Deck, from giving different stores plenty of time to look at the hardware, even the release. a CAD file on the outer shell of the device. The company’s partnership with iFixit is another step in the right direction.
It’s fair to say iFixit is a pretty old brand at this point. It sells a ton of different tools and parts for all sorts of technologies, making it a lot easier for consumers to repair their own devices. Valve’s partnership with iFixit is indeed very good news, and it hopes to empower Steam Deck users to troubleshoot themselves, should one arise.
The details between the two companies are yet to be finalized. As a result, iFixit’s store does not currently have any Steam Deck or Valve Index replacement parts listed for sale. Announcement post read “We’re still working on the details and will share more information on this soon.”
Steam Deck Repair Made Easy
While there aren’t any parts in store yet, iFixit has released a teardrop video for Steam Deck. The video highlights different aspects of the Steam Deck’s design. One of the more notable aspects is the simplicity of the device. Opening the Steam Deck is simple and involves only removing eight Phillips screws and gently prying the back of the unit. It’s as simple as that and manageable for most people.
There are a few other things that the teardrop video highlights that we should know about. First of all, the thumbs are really easy to remove and replace without soldering. Thumbsticks on handheld devices have a notorious history of eventually drifting and being a nightmare to replace, so this is very good news. All components inside the Steam Deck are also clearly labeled. You don’t have to worry about accidentally making the wrong thing.
The hardest thing to replace in the Steam Deck seems to be the battery. It’s glued tight and taking it off seems like a real pain. It will be easier if you can use some isopropyl alcohol to loosen the adhesive. Unfortunately, like the teardrop video pointed out, the battery holder has a hole leading to the back of the display. Any liquid that falls through those holes can damage the screen, so it’s not recommended. Outside of that, the rest of the device is easy to disassemble and put back together.
For the most part, the Steam Deck seems easy to repair, no matter how much experience you have repairing other devices. Some extra knowledge won’t hurt, but it’s clear Valve wants to make this process as easy as possible. Valve’s partnership with iFixit to sell replacement parts on the Steam Deck is also great news, as it should make buying parts a whole lot easier.
Details on replacement parts will have to wait for the launch of the Steam Deck at the end of this month. If you are going to buy one of these devices, we recommend capturing coverage information such as How does the battery work?so you know what you’re doing.
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