Late last year, Valve shared an official Steam Deck teardown video, proving that its first portable console will be user-serviceable. The company has also promised to sell Steam Deck spares, and it now says iFixit will be one of its authorized resellers.
Update, 05/23/22: Here is the complete list of Steam Deck parts offered by iFixit.
It’s an exciting development, to say the least. Despite the fact that every modern console suffers from joystick drift, Valve is the only company to offer customers a clear and official solution to this and other common problems.
Today we are announcing that iFixit will be an authorized seller of Steam Deck spare parts, as well as spare parts for Valve Index VR products. We are still working out the details and will share more information about this soon.
And as a new iFixit teardown shows, the Steam Deck is incredibly easy to take apart and repair. Everything is clearly labelled, you can replace the screen without taking the console apart, and you can even upgrade the device’s internal storage with nothing but a screwdriver. (Be careful when replacing the battery, which is the only thing iFixit had trouble with.)
Valve says it’s still working on its deal with iFixit, which makes sense, since the Steam Deck won’t launch until February 25. To be clear, we don’t know which spare parts Valve will sell through iFixit, and the company may find additional outlets to sell its parts.