We take a look at the Steam Deck replacement parts going on sale, but it turns out that iFixit was quick to send out these live retail listings, and they’ve been removed, though presumably it won’t be long before then. the relevant parts of the kit will be available again.
You may recall that iFixit set up a deal with Valve to be the official supplier of replacement parts for the Steam Deck, and as the company tweeted to clarify, it mistakenly posted these product pages, with full prices.
Today we’re posting some pages related to our upcoming parts release with Valve. These were released earlier than planned, so we ended up removing them. If you received an order for parts, we will fulfill it. 💙 Stay tuned for the actual release soon!May 21, 2022
Assuming these are the correct prices, and not placeholders, on what were apparently ‘test’ pages, according to an iFixit rep on Reddit, price tags for various parts were revealed when Gaming On Linux spotted, and many they are pleasantly reasonable.
A replacement screen costs $100 or £90 for the top-end anti-glare screen (and $65 or £60 for the basic screen), with a new fan costing $25 or £20.
Most prices seem very affordable, but if you want a new motherboard, you’re looking at a substantial outlay of $350 or £290. That’s not too far off the cost of a new Steam Deck, of course, which is $399 or £349 for the entry-level model.
Note that iFixit made it clear that some orders were placed before the listings were removed, and anyone who has received an order will honor it.
As you can imagine, there were a number of people who bought replacement fans (there have been complaints about some models being too loud making a high-pitched whine) and, in fact, the fans sold out before the listings were pulled. online reports. (Valve is addressing this particular gremlin in the works, or trying to, with beta software updates, mind you.)
Some other people are looking at the variety of parts that were available and speculating about being able to buy all the components needed to make your own Steam Deck, but that will no doubt prove expensive, even if it’s theoretically possible (which we don’t know). know yet).
More realistically, there may be Deck owners who are looking to not only do basic repairs on a crooked joystick, or perhaps a troublesome fan, but perhaps upgrade a lesser model Steam Deck to the better screen on the higher end version. And seeing the price of the replacement screen is probably encouraging for anyone with enough technical knowledge to be able to open their device and turn off the screen.
Via Tom’s Hardware