Valve has cautioned about what temperatures the Steam Deck can safely run in as the European hot persists. In a tweet, Valve warns users regarding Steam Deck in hot weather for “our friends in the middle of a heatwave” (opens in new tab). “The ideal operating range for Steam Deck is between 0° and 35° C (32° and 95° F). In order to protect itself, Steam Deck may begin to stifle performance if the temperature rises over this.”
The Deck, according to Valve, can operate effectively at internal temperatures of up to 100° C (212° F), but if that temperature is exceeded, it will limit operation in an effort to control the heat. It will completely shut down at 105° C, or 221° F, in order to “prevent itself (and you) from damage.”
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Following a heatwave in Japan, Nintendo released a similar notification to Switch users last week, cautioning them that temperatures exceeding 35° C may harm the system and cause it to enter sleep mode. Perhaps you might interpret these alerts, which are quite similar, as a sign that all of your electronic equipment perform poorly when the temperature rises.
Of course, these heatwaves have had much more detrimental repercussions than just making your gaming consoles unreliable; they have also resulted in several wildfires, diseases, and fatalities. Experts caution that these incidents will probably continue to increase in frequency as long as climate change persists(opens in new tab). Even large publishers like Ubisoft are using their games as platforms to help educate players about the perils of ignoring these issues. Independent games like Highwater aim to shed light on the effects of climate change.