Downgraded Steam Deck SSD won’t affect game performance, says Valve

A month ago, Valve quietly noted that some Steam Deck models were getting slower SSDs, and now that players have noticed the change, the company insists it doesn’t expect any changes in game performance.

In May, Valve updated its Steam Deck spec page (opens in new tab) to note that “some 256GB and 512GB models come with a PCIe Gen 3 x2 SSD. During our testing, we saw no impact on gaming performance between x2 and x4.” The change was recently noticed by the German outlet Hardwareluxx (opens in new tab)and has led to quite a bit of speculation – which Valve has now responded to immediately.

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