Valve Warns About Steam Deck Performance Issues Due to High Summer Temps

Following Nintendo’s advice to not play a Switch in hot weather on Monday, Valve gave a similar warning about performance issues when using its Steam Deck in high temperatures. 

“Steam Deck performs at its best in ambient temperatures between 0° and 35° C,” the company tweeted Tuesday. “If the temperature gets higher than this, Steam Deck may start to throttle performance to protect itself.”

The company says the deck’s accelerated processing unit (APU) works fine at up to 100 degrees Celsius, or 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Going above that temperature will cause the Steam Deck to throttle its performance, and then it will shut off completely at 105 degrees Celsius, or 221 degrees Fahrenheit, in order to protect itself. 

Valve and Nintendo both gave warnings for their portable gaming devices as the UK contends with a historic heat wave that’s breaking temperature records

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