Valve downgraded the Steam Deck, stating that gamers wouldn’t notice the difference. But the price remains the same

Valve has started installing slower 256GB and 512GB SSDs in some Steam Deck models. Instead of PCI Express 3.0 x4 models, PCI Express 3.0 x2 versions are offered.

The company said internal testing revealed no differences in the gaming performance of the models, so they decided to install more affordable models in the console. Valve assured that “in extremely rare cases, differences in read/write speed limits can minimally affect the speed of file copying. But the OS performance, load times, game performance and game responsiveness are the same for x2 and x4 discs.” Granted, the price of the Steam Deck itself hasn’t changed from this.

At the same time, experts believe that the difference will still manifest itself in the form of a longer loading of levels, although exact measurements are not yet available. Interestingly, before you receive the console, you cannot find out which SSD is installed in it. But after you get it, you can see it in the parameters section.

If the drive name has a line ending in E13TS drive then this is a model with Gen3 x4, if the line ending in E08 it is Gen3 x2. VGTimes is looking for a social network editor.

Source: VG Times


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