Valve warns of Steam Deck hardware issue

Valve, the maker of Steam Deck, is warning owners of the laptop platform about a hardware issue that some may encounter around the world. In recent weeks, a number of electronics manufacturers have begun issuing warnings due to the incredibly high temperatures seen in certain parts of the world. Now, Valve is letting Steam Deck users know that this same issue may be affecting their enjoyment of the hardware.

On social media today, Valve released a statement letting Steam Deck users know that their laptop PC could be affected by the current heat waves experienced by different parts of the world. Like many other electronic devices, Steam Deck can be affected by certain temperatures, whether they are too hot or too cold. When it comes to such high temperatures, Valve warns that the ability to play games at maximum performance will change in a noticeable way if you’re using the platform in extremely hot environments.

“To our friends in the heat of the heatwave, a quick note about the Steam Deck in higher temperatures. The Steam Deck works best in ambient temperatures between 0° and 35°C. If the temperature rises above this, the Steam Deck may start to lower performance to protect itself. Valve said of using Steam Deck in hot spots. He went on to say that if the internal temperature of the Steam Deck reaches 105 degrees Celsius, the device as a whole will shut down “to protect itself (and you) from damage”.

In general, most Steam Deck owners should not find themselves too concerned about mobile devices overheating. While the internal temperatures of the device are worth keeping an eye on, a number of Steam Deck users likely won’t play games in such a hot environment. However, it’s good to see that Valve is at least issuing a warning to keep people aware of this situation in the summer months.

Do you happen to have a Steam Deck to yourself yet? And if so, are you worried about the device overheating? Let me know either down below in the comments or message me on Twitter at Trustworthy.


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