Steam Deck users have been surprised by an unexpected hardware upgrade. Valve’s much-requested new PC handheld packs a lot of power, especially if you get one of the higher-end models. As you’d expect, it comes with a decent SSD. With the PS5 placing so much emphasis on its custom SSD and the Xbox Series X boasting a great SSD itself, more and more gamers are learning the importance of having a decent SSD, which the Steam Deck has , but newer models actually have a downgraded SSD from older models.
When the Steam Deck was released, the 256GB and 512GB models came with a PCI Express 3.0 x4 SSD. That said, the models now come with the PCI Express 3.0 x2 SSD, a noticeable downgrade. Although it has been done, we don’t know. Valve hasn’t said a word about the downgrade, but the changes have been confirmed via the Wayback Machine and the official Steam Deck website. The website shows that the SSD specifications were changed in May, which means models that have been produced since then likely come with this downgrade.
“Select 256GB and 512GB models come with a PCIe Gen 3 x2 SSD. In our testing, we saw no impact on gaming performance between x2 and x4,” the website says.
At this time, information is missing, such as their impact on the models, whether this will become standard in the future, and why Valve made this change. The answer to the latter most likely relates to production costs, but that hasn’t been confirmed one way or another.
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