The Steam Deck designer has now spoken of some users planning to modify their devices for better specs.
There have been a few posts sharing details on how to modify the Steam Deck device, especially to increase the SSD of the Steam Deck. Instead of the 2230 form factor SSD that comes with the device, it plans to augment the Steam Deck’s SSD with a 2242 M.2 NVMe SSD.
Valve Designer Lawrence Yang then made a statement to respond to such articles, “Hi, please don’t do this. The charger IC gets very hot and nearby thermal pads should not be moved. Additionally, most 2242m2 drives consume more power and run hotter than Deck is designed for.
Yang then said that while it seems to work, it has a consequence. He states that this will significantly shorten the lifespan of the Steam Deck. In other words, never, ever make any changes to the Steam Deck or it will cause problems.
The Steam Deck is now available for purchase.