The Cheapest Steam Deck May Be Slower Than Gamers May Like

There is a lot of buzz about Valve’s Steam Deck but there are also rumors that the cheapest version might not be suitable for storage.

Valve has announced the release of its next portable hand-held computer, The Steam Deck, which will be available in three versions at different prices, is now available. TheThe cheapest Steam Deck version will have a 64 GB internal storage price is $399. There are growing concerns about this version not meeting gamers’ needs due to its slower hard drive than the more expensive editions.

The 64 GB version is slightly more expensive than its 512 GB counterpart, but the latter is still likely to appeal to most people. However, they all appear identical outside of the price. The Steam Deck shows that the SSD for 64 GB may not be suitable because it uses a different type of hard drive.

According to a report, the cheapest Steam Deck has an eMMC solid-state drive. The other two decks have the faster NVMe type. This hard drive is also supported by the PS5. The eMMC runs on 2nd-generation PCIe, with only one lane for storage. NVMe uses 4 lanes. Statistics show that the transfer rate for the less expensive model is lower at 500 MB/s. The latter model, however, has a potential throughput up to 4 GB/s.

This means that the 64GB model will likely experience slower performance, especially on larger games. This could put Steam Deck’s lower-end model at a disadvantage to current home consoles that already have much faster storage systems. It’s worth looking at the more expensive version, even though it leaves out the people who can only afford the lower-end model. Newell confirmed that there was a replacement SSD slot in all versions, but it is unlikely to be supported and could void the user’s warranty.

Valve CEO Gabe Newell stated that the Steam Deck should prioritize functionality but not put too much emphasis on the price. The 64GB version is showing signs it may not be suitable for gamers. This raises the question: why would you put a lower-quality model out when it uses technology that may not be up to the task, even if the functionality was something that the company insists is a necessity? Many will question whether spending $400 on this model is worth it.