Valve Warns of Steam Deck Throttling with Higher Ambient Temperatures


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Valve has just reminded its users on Twitter that the Steam Deck is built for use in ambient temperatures between 0°C and 35°C. The announcement comes amidst the current heat wave in the US and Europe.

The company clarifies that the APU of the handheld gaming device runs well at up to 100°C. However, at 100°C it will start to throttle performance while at 105°C it will shut down. These are to protect the device, the chip, and yourself from damage.

Valve - Steam Deck - Throttling reminder

If you’re looking to get the Steam Deck and are based in the Philippines, keep in mind this warning, especially with the typical weather we have here. It might be better to enjoy the device indoors or in an air-conditioned room.

Prior to the Valve reminder, Nintendo also announced a similar reminder on Twitter last week for Nintendo Switch users.

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