A few weeks ago, Valve warned about using the Steam Deck in extreme temperatures.
The steam bridge has shown itself in mobile gaming after a few months on the market. Sure, it’s not flawless; but Valve’s portable device is compatible with over 4,000 titles and increasing. A recent patch from the developer delivers a temperature warning to users.
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After releasing SteamOS 3.3, the current Steam Deck update includes updates and fixes. The device will inform gamers when “temperature is outside safe operating range.” This implies consumers will be warned when the gadget is too hot or cold. It’s unclear what happens if these alerts are ignored.
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This update likely came after Valve warned that the heatwave could affect Steam Deck performance. As it operates best between 0 and 35 degrees Celsius, the manufacturer warns against using mobile PC beyond that, as it can “throttle” performance. If the APU reaches 105 degrees, the gadget shuts down. Last month’s unprecedented heat waves prompted this warning.
Valve is taking precautions to protect the gadget from heat and cold. The company seems to want satisfied customers. A Steam Deck user installed a bigger SSD lately with no apparent impact. Valve warned a larger hard drive could “reduce the device’s lifespan,” yet it works perfectly with one.
Originally touted as a Nintendo Switch competitor, the steam bridge goes beyond gaming. With the possibility to install a different operating system and a mouse and keyboard, it feels more like a laptop PC than a handheld game console, which may be why it’s popular.