Valve’s Steam Deck has a lot of things going for it. The handheld gaming PC is one of the most affordable options available, has a custom chip and custom operating system that are both made for gaming, and features competitive battery life.
But that doesn’t mean there’s no room for improvement. And while Valve hasn’t announced plans for new hardware yet, the folks at FX Technology plan to begin selling a Steam Deck display upgrade called DeckHD this summer. It will allow users to give the handheld a higher-resolution display with better color saturation.
The original Steam Deck display is a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS LCD display with 67% sRGB color gamut. DeckHD is a 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS LCD display with 95% sRGB color gamut, which should bring sharper graphics, crisper text, and better color representation to the Steam Deck.
Like the original display, DeckHD has a 60Hz refresh rate and supports up to 400 nits brightness. The display also features an anti-glare coating, which is something that displays for entry-level and mid-range Steam Deck models lack (Valve only applies anti-glare coating on the $650 model with 512GB of solid state storage).
FX Technology, which is probably best known for its Android phones with keyboards, says its DeckHD display should be available this summer and it will sell for around $99. Folks who are interested in picking one up can sign up to join a waitlist now.
While a higher-res display sounds like a good thing, there could be some down sides to performing this upgrade. For example, it could take a toll on battery life or performance, since a Steam Deck equipped with a 3rd-party display will have to work a little harder to fill all of those extra pixels.
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Has FX Technology given up on the horizontal keyboard slider phone after the Pro1-X?
Did the Ubuntu Touch and other alternative OS’s ever get stable on it? I ask because I want to mainly use a desktop class web browser (I think you can) while mobile and more easily automate things with Bash/Python scripts (many can be shared with my PC with little modifications). Although the Pro1-X seemed already outdated even when it was announced.
That is not a bad deal. Just bought my Steam Deck for $350, and now I can update the screen in a few months for only $100 more. Glad I didn’t go all in for the $600 model which was really tempting at the time, but this is a much better screen. Along with the recent battery upgrade and all the free awesome SteamOS emulators and hacks being released by the community as well, my ultimate Deck is coming along rather nicely.
It’s bad idea. SD is not handling fhd+ great: performance and battery will suffer a lot.
It is better to sell 8″ display
Both Valve SteamDeck and the ASUS ROG Ally Base/Pro are able to use 1080p and 120Hz motion.
It’s simply not effective for midrange (2010) and (2020) high-end gaming. But 2D Games, Retro (pre-2005) titles, Emulation, and Indie Games can take advantage of it. Not to mention just general computing, web browsing, and Windows in general.
So there’s certainly a market for making mods like these, as long as the software complies with everything.
StemD is to big. Ally also. You can have a 11 inch laptop for that size.
Bigger battery screen full keyboard …