Valve confirms that iFixit will be an authorised seller of Steam Deck replacement parts

iFixit will also be supply Valve Index VR headset parts soon

Valve confirms that iFixit will be an authorised seller of Steam Deck replacement parts

iFixit will be a supplier of Steam Deck replacement parts

Valve's Steam Deck PC gaming handheld is due to launch on February 25th, and as launch day approaches, the company has been releasing more and more details about their new systems into the wild.

Today, Valve has confirmed that iFixit will be an official distributor of spare parts for Valve's Steam Deck system, giving Steam Deck players an official place from which they can acquire replacement parts for their handhelds. This should include replacement joysticks, batteries and other replaceable components. 

Alongside this announcement, iFixit has also released a video where they hare disassembled a Steam Deck system and have highlighted many of the system's replaceable components. Below is what Valve had to say today on Steam about Steam Deck replaceable parts.

iFixit has rated Valve's Steam Deck as being a 7 out of 10 for reparability. This is higher than most devices, but far from perfect. That said, Valve's Steam Deck is more repairable than most consoles and laptops, which is a good thing for Steam Deck fans.  

    Hi all,

Hope everyone’s doing well – 10 days and counting until launch day! We have some exciting news to share. If you watched our Take a look inside Steam Deck video (aka the “please don’t do this” video), you may remember we said certain Steam Deck replacement parts would be available for purchase.

Today, we’re announcing that iFixit will be one of the authorized sellers of Steam Deck replacement parts – as well as replacement parts for the Valve Index VR kit. We are still hammering out the details, and will be sharing more info on this soon.

And in case you missed it, don’t forget to check out iFixit’s teardown of Steam Deck just posted today.

You can join the discussion on Valve confirming that iFixit will be an authorised reseller of Steam Deck replacement parts on the OC3D Forums.

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15-02-2022, 18:49:46

Warchild
A promising start, and definitely will help them in regards to repairs. I had a terrible time with my Valve index trying to get a replacement cable. I feel like hardware replacements via Valve is unnecessarily made difficult.

But... does this mean that we can question the reliability of the steam deck? I do wonder how the battery will cope given a AAA title on full beam will last approx 3hours, and then considering the average user will often charge a battery to 100% instead of the recommended 80%. You might see rapid degradation. Time will tell I suppose.Quote

15-02-2022, 19:01:03

NeverBackDown
Only concern is how long will they have stock? Just enough to last through the initial warranty time frame? What about 5 years from now? Is iFixIt even able to support this type of service on a large scale assuming the deck sells a lot of units?


It is nice though that valve is being so open about it. Gives some confidence boost.Quote

15-02-2022, 20:21:09

ET3D
So basically if you want a Steam Deck outside the sale zones, you need to buy everything as spare parts and put it together? Quote

16-02-2022, 02:47:06

dazbobaby
Apple take note, this is how you go about repairs.Quote

16-02-2022, 02:51:09

dazbobaby
Quote:
Originally Posted by Warchild View Post
A promising start, and definitely will help them in regards to repairs. I had a terrible time with my Valve index trying to get a replacement cable. I feel like hardware replacements via Valve is unnecessarily made difficult.

But... does this mean that we can question the reliability of the steam deck? I do wonder how the battery will cope given a AAA title on full beam will last approx 3hours, and then considering the average user will often charge a battery to 100% instead of the recommended 80%. You might see rapid degradation. Time will tell I suppose.
I assume from your 80% vs 100% comments you know about dendritic crystals in Li-ion batteries.
So I also assume that you know about heat, and there's probably going to be a fair amount of it in that tiny space.


That said, a good quality Li-ion battery could still take a beating and last for 12 months or more, before any significant degradation occurs.Quote
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