The Steam Deck presents the opportunity of changing its storage, a minimum of in concept – though Valve warns towards making such a transfer – and even the bottom mannequin with an eMMC drive could permit for an M.2 SSD improve. That stated, there are a whole lot of different caveats round this even other than Valve’s aforementioned recommendation.
This all stems from a Reddit submit from somebody who immediately emailed Gabe Newell at Valve asking if the moveable PC would have a user-replaceable SSD, and Valve’s President responded that the Steam Deck encompasses a 2230 M.2 slot.
Clearly we must be cautious round information floating down from Reddit, but it surely does seem that the official spec of the Steam Deck has been up to date following this information spilling out. That spec now notes: “All fashions use socketed 2230 m.2 modules (not supposed for end-user substitute).”
So ‘all fashions’ means the entry-level system, too, and this raises the prospect of upgrading the most affordable model’s smaller 64GB eMMC drive with one thing extra capacious. In fact, the presumption is that this eMMC storage is on a board inserted within the M.2 slot, given that every one fashions apparently use ‘socketed modules’ (that means the eMMC isn’t soldered on to the motherboard, with the M.2 socket empty – though even when that’s the case, an M.2 improve may nonetheless be possible).
In terms of any potential improve, although, the issue is the disclaimer from Valve noting that the system drive is “not supposed for end-user substitute”, which presumably implies that the M.2 socket is buried contained in the system in a method that might entail taking all of it aside in a warranty-voiding method (working the danger of breaking the Steam Deck within the course of, with no recourse).
Additional potential pitfalls
Except for that hazard, there might be different obstacles for many who’ve heard this information and due to this fact is perhaps occupied with shopping for the cheapest Steam Deck mannequin with a view to subsequently upgrading the drive.
Firstly, 2230 form-factor M.2 SSDs are skinny on the bottom and never low cost, and as Tom’s Hardware, which noticed all this, observes, there could also be parameters like warmth ranges with the drives used within the Steam Deck which a substitute could not adhere to – and it’s not troublesome to think about how that may turn out to be problematic.
On the software program aspect, as effectively, there’s the entire concern of the OS being put in on the equipped drive, and easy methods to get that throughout to the brand new SSD. Nobody will actually know the way these type of points will play out till the Steam Deck arrives, and people begin attempting to mod the system (and the inevitable teardowns emerge).
From what we will collect right here, although, your common proprietor will wish to avoid attempting any drive improve tips for all of the aforementioned causes, if an improve is even viable within the first place.