In an official tweet, Valve warns against using the Steam Deck outside when it’s around 40 degrees Celsius.
For only 419 euros you can play PC games from the Steam library with the gaming handheld Steam Deck. Manufacturer Valve assumes that “devices can be sold in the millions” and that the project is financed through digital game sales on Steam. Not all PC games available on Steam will run on the handheld, as we previously reported. Valve now warns against using the Steam Deck outdoors. The background is the current heat wave in Europe.
Cooling the Steam Deck is reaching its limits
The Steam Deck should only be used at ambient temperatures between 0 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius. On some days it is currently over 40 degrees Celsius, so you should no longer play with the Steam Deck outdoors. Inside the handheld, temperatures of 100 degrees Celsius can sometimes be reached. At 105 degrees there is an emergency shutdown and nothing works anymore. If it reaches more than 35 degrees Celsius outside, it gets too warm inside the Steam Deck, so that the AMD APU can no longer be cooled sufficiently.
In addition to the Steam Deck, numerous other technical devices are also struggling with the current temperatures. Nintendo has issued a corresponding warning for all owners of a Nintendo Switch. According to the Japanese manufacturer, the handheld should only be used between 5 and 35 degrees Celsius. At other temperatures, the switch goes into sleep mode to protect the hardware from any damage. Cooling issues were also the cause of Google Cloud and Oracle outages.
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Collection of operating warnings for Steam Deck, Nintendo Switch & Co.:
- Manufacturer Valve warns against using the Steam Deck outside in the current summer temperatures.
- The Steam Deck should only be used at ambient temperatures between 0 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius, since the maximum temperature inside is 104 degrees Celsius. Otherwise there will be an emergency shutdown and you can no longer play.
- In addition to the Steam Deck, numerous other technical devices are also struggling with the current temperatures. A usage warning also applies to the Nintendo Switch at temperatures of more than 35 degrees Celsius.