Yesterday, Britain was hit by the hottest temperatures the country has ever recorded, as part of a growing (and highly worrying) climate crisis sweeping Europe. In response to the weather, Valve has issued a warning regarding the use of your recent portable PC hardware, Steam Deck.
In a statement released by the developer/publisher, Valve noted that the Steam Deck, while a rugged kit, is designed to operate in ambient temperatures below 35°C. If the outside temperature reaches or even exceeds this level, the steam platform will reduce its own performance to prevent damage to its fine circuitry and physical infrastructure.
For our friends in the midst of a heat wave, a quick note on Steam Deck in high temperatures. Steam Deck works best in ambient temperatures between 0° and 35° C. If the temperature exceeds this temperature, Steam Deck may begin to reduce performance to protect itself.
– Vapor Deck (@OnDeck) July 19, 2022
If temperatures rise even higher, with the internal APU (Accelerated Processor Unit) reaching an actual 100°C, then the Steam Deck may shut down completely, to prevent possible injury to both itself and the user. It’s an incredibly powerful technology, to be sure, but it sure isn’t indestructible. Nintendo recently issued similar warnings regarding its own handheld platform, the Nintendo Switch, given gamers’ penchant for using the respective hardware when out and about.
So if you’re lucky enough to have received your Steam Deck, take it easy this summer. And that goes for you too. Stay cool, hydrated* and out of the midday sun. And for those of you still waiting in your little black box, Valve recently noted that it intends to double production of Steam Deck deliveries for the rest of 2022.
Disclaimer: Your Steam Deck/Nintendo Switch IT IS NOT you need to stay hydrated.