HardwareLuxx has revealed that the Steam Deck has been slightly downgraded without an announcement from Valve about this. This has come shortly after Valve announced that it will begin shipping more Steam Decks every week.
HardwareLuxx has noticed that the Steam Deck's 256GB and 512GB versions may now ship with a two-lane or four-lane PCIe SSD instead. The original specs for the console stated that both models would come with a PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD but the listings have quietly changed. The new specs for the consoles list them with either PCIe Gen 3 x4 or PCIe Gen 3 x2 drives instead.
While this is a downgrade and not what most users are expecting to receive, the change does make it easier for Valve to push out more consoles. PC Gamer spoke with a Valve representative about this who revealed that testing has shown there should be no gaming performance impact between the specs. It might slow file transfer speed and general system performance but it shouldn't hurt gaming experiences.
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