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Homeowners Report Valve’s Priciest Steam Deck Mannequin Has A Cracking Drawback


The practically $700 Restricted Version Steam Deck OLED was launched in November 2023 and got here with all of the enhancements discovered within the regular OLED Deck, but additionally sported a translucent plastic shell. However this pricier, restricted variant appears to be cracking as a consequence of overly-tight screws and attainable points with the particular plastic used to create its clear shell.

Since its preliminary launch in 2022, Valve’s transportable PC, the Steam Deck, has been a large success for the corporate and helped usher in a brand new period of transportable, Swap-like PC gadgets. In late 2023, to assist keep on the high and beat out the brand new competitors, Valve launched the Steam Deck OLED, an upgraded model of the machine with a fancier display screen, extra storage, and a greater battery. Alongside this, Valve launched a restricted version upgraded model of the OLED Deck that value greater than different variations—$680—and got here with further ornamental touches, like coloured vents and a clear shell. Nevertheless, this priciest model of the machine appears to be vulnerable to cracking, in line with many on Reddit.

Over on the Steam Deck subreddit, you can find many different owners sharing photos and stories of discovering tiny cracks in the back of their fairly new Restricted Version OLED Steam Decks. The cracks are usually discovered close to screws behind the machine.

“I wakened this morning to an unlucky shock,” posted one user on April 1. “The plastic shell subsequent to the vent cracked and now the part close to the SD card slot is wobbly. I’ve by no means dropped my deck and I at all times retailer it within the supplied case when not in use. I’m hoping it’s not a top quality problem with the translucent shell materials, so I’m posting this in case different folks with the LE expertise the identical factor.”

An image shows the cracked back of a Steam Deck OLED.

Others took to the replies, chiming in to say that they’d discovered comparable cracks of their Restricted Version Decks, too.

“Wow. I’ve these cracks too it seems. That’s some bullshit proper there,” one consumer replied.

“I checked mine and it occurred to me as properly. Oh no,” posted another person.

Wanting across the subreddit, I discovered loads of posts and comments the place folks declare to have checked their LE OLED Steam Decks and discovered tiny cracks on the back.

Whereas some house owners have reported Valve has been unwilling to replace devices or offer free fixes, others claim to have had better success after sharing the quite a few posts, photos, and threads concerning the cracks with the corporate—seemingly exhibiting it is a widespread problem involving the plastic and never only a case of somebody dropping their Steam Deck. For the time being, it appears a bit hit-or-miss. Kotaku has contacted Valve for extra data.

As for what to do to stop this, the preferred repair is to loosen the screws on the again of the Steam Deck barely to keep away from undue stress on the plastic. Some of us have claimed that the screws on the Steam Deck OLED’s again are typically overly tight resulting in cracks.

Fortunately, the cracks are small and seem to solely be beauty. I’ve not seen any proof that these cracks are inflicting severe injury or making the machine unplayable or something like that. Nevertheless, I can perceive that after spending practically $700 on a brand new machine, tiny cracks forming behind it for no cause could be very irritating.