Valve has decided to make iFixit its first authorized seller to offer spare parts for the Steam Deck.
In October, Valve said it would make spare parts for the Steam Deck available, but didn’t explain how. Since then, it seems that work is underway to find authorized sellers responsible for fulfilling replacement part orders, and iFixit is an obvious choice.
In a press release, Valve admitted that “we are still working out the details and will share more information about this soon.” VR gamers will be happy to hear that the deal reached also sees iFixit take on the responsibility of supplying spare parts for Valve’s Index VR headset and peripherals.
iFixit has made a name for itself by offering repair guides and product teardown videos, as well as offering the parts and tools needed to repair your own devices. As you can see above, the Steam Deck didn’t dodge the company’s teardown treatment. iFixit has a few hardware gripes, but also found a lot to like.
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The Steam Deck is set to start shipping on February 28, and Valve is making the hardware as open as possible for owners. This includes the ability to replace internal parts yourself, expand storage, easily load different operating systems, and even create your own outer shell with the release of detailed CAD files.
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