To the delight of those still waiting to try the portable platform firsthand, Valve doubled the production of Steam Deck and at the same time kicked off the invitations for pre-orders for Q3 of 2022.
According to what was discovered by the German portal HardwareLuxx, however, the increase in Steam Deck production could be due to the fact that Valve downgraded the SSDs of some specimens of the console.
The Steam Deck website was recently updated to spell out that some 256GB and 512GB models will henceforth be supplied with a PCI express 3.0 x2 SSD instead of a PCI express 3.0 x4 SSD. As you might expect, a x2 SSD offers about half the write and read speeds of a x4 SSD. Here’s what Valve had to comment on about the change:
“Some 256GB and 512GB models ship with a PCIe Gen 3 x2 SSD. In our tests, we found no performance impact clearance between x2 and x4 “.
Although the performances are unlikely to present substantial differences, it must also be said that i loading times individual games may be affected on models with PCIe Gen 3 x2 SSDs. Furthermore, it must be remembered that the capacity and performance of the various SSDs mounted by Steam Deck make up the real difference between the various models of the console, and that the greater storage space is linked to progressively higher prices imposed on the buyer. We’ll see if there are any further statements from Valve on the subject.
In the meantime, the company has warned users, advising them not to modify the Steam Deck in order to avoid reducing the longevity of the console.