Steam Deck, thanks to update 3.3, is now able to warn the player if it is too hot or too cold to play. Here are the details.
The new Steam Deck update , version 3.3, includes a new feature: the device is now able to warn if the temperature is too low or too high to play.
Steam Deck, according to the official indications of Valve, can be used safely if the environment is between zero and thirty-five degrees . If you leave this range, there may be performance problems or even the console may shut down.
When it is very hot , the problem is related to the APU which cannot exceed certain temperatures. Beyond the internal 105 degrees of the APU, the Steam Deck shuts down. If the room gets too hot, the problem also affects the internal components.
In the case of a low temperature , the problem is related to the battery. Lawrence Yang – Steam Deck designer – explains that: “At very cold temperatures the battery starts to have a hard time, Just like any battery powered device, [the] Steam Deck’s battery can’t sustain peak power draw at temperatures below 0°C (similar to the way cars have a tougher time starting in freezing weather). If temperatures do get this low, we’ll start to throttle the system to maintain battery longevity. “
Of course, people who are below freezing or above thirty-five degrees will often have other problems and playing Steam Deck may not be their priority.