Although there are still a few months to go before the first Steam Deck starts reaching its first users, the expectations it seems to have generated point to the fact that it could become a huge success. Even the ever-despising resale market has already set its sights on it, in a further sign that the market is giving its ambitious approach some credibility, not to mention the fact that many users already see this device as an interesting alternative to tablets.
We’re not going to go over all the Steam Deck’s specifications again, we’ll just say that the three versions of the Steam Deck differ only in one key aspect: their storage capacity. Granted, the top two models also include add-ons, but that’s the bottom line:
- The entry-level Steam Deck features 64 gigs of eMMC storage and includes a carrying case. It’s priced at 419 euros.
- The mid-range model takes a significant leap up to 256 gigabytes NVMe SSD, so not only does it quadruple the capacity of the entry-level model, but it also offers better performance in this regard. It includes the carrying case and an exclusive Steam Community profile bundle. It is priced at 549 euros.
- The top-of-the-line model of the Steam Deck doubles the storage capacity of the mid-range model with a 512 gig NVMe SSD and also features an anti-glare display. It also includes the carrying case, the Steam Community exclusive profile bundle and a virtual keyboard with an exclusive theme. It is priced at 679 euros.
What Steam has revealed, and that we have been able to read in IGN, is that the most basic model will have to stay with that capacity due to the type of memory used, eMMC, but in the intermediate and top of the range models this is not so, as it will be possible to change the SSD used by another larger, better performance, and so on. In both models of the Steam Deck, an SSD NVMe M.2 2230 standard, meaning Valve hasn’t opted to solder the storage memory to the board.
The not-so-good news is that yes, the SSD will be replaceable, but this won’t be a particularly straightforward process. Unlike devices like the PlayStation 5, which have a bay that allows direct access to this expansion from the outside of the console, in the case of Steam Deck it will be necessary to open it and “tinker” inside to make this change. We still need to know, of course, the internal assembly of the console, but this requirement already distances this possibility to users without the necessary technical knowledge.
In addition, there is another important factor, and is that accessing the inside of the Steam Deck and modify one of its components could invalidate the warranty of the console, so it is something that will have to think a couple of times before being done. However, the possibility of increasing its storage capacity to 512 gigabytes or even up to a terabyte, is attractive enough for more than one to at least consider it.