Steam Deck spare parts spotted – and the prices are a pleasant surprise


We’ve spotted spare parts for the Steam Deck on sale, but it turns out iFixit took the plunge by sending those retail listings live, and they’ve been taken down – although it probably won’t be long the corresponding kit items will be available again.

You might recall that iFixit cooked up a deal with Valve to be the official spare parts supplier for the Steam Deck, and as the company tweeted to clarify, it mistakenly published these product pages, along with the price.

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Assuming these are the correct prices, not placeholders – on what were apparently “test” pages, according to an iFixit rep on Reddit (opens in a new tab) – price tags for various parts have been revealed as Gaming On Linux (opens in a new tab) spotted, and many are pleasantly reasonable.

A replacement screen costs $100 or £90 for the premium anti-glare screen (and $65 or £60 for the base screen), with a new fan costing $25 or £20.

Most prices seem affordable, but if you want a new motherboard, you’re looking at a substantial outlay of $350 or £290. That’s not far off the cost of a new Steam Deck, of course, which costs $399 or £349 for the entry-level model.

Note that iFixit made it clear that some orders were placed before the listings were removed, and anyone who received an order will see it honoured.

As you can imagine, a number of people have purchased replacement fans – there have been complaints of some overly loud models being marred by a high-pitched whine – and in fact the fans sold out before the listings are actually removed, going through online reporting. (Valve is tackling this particular gremlin in progress, or trying to, with beta software updates, beware.)

Other people are looking at the range of parts available and speculating about buying all the components needed to craft their own Steam Deck – but that will no doubt be expensive, even if it’s theoretically possible (which we don’t). not). don’t know yet).

More realistically, there may be Deck owners looking to not only make basic repairs to a wonky controller, or perhaps a problematic fan, but perhaps upgrade a lesser Steam Deck model. quality to the better screen of the high-end version. And seeing the price of the replacement screen will likely be encouraging for anyone with enough technical knowledge to be able to open their device and turn off the screen.

Via Tom’s Hardware (opens in a new tab)


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