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Steam Deck performance will suffer in 95+ degree temps, Valve warns

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One of the biggest news stories over the last week has been the unprecedented heatwave that has struck the Americas and Europe.

Many regions are hitting temperatures near 40°C (104°F) and, in a region of the world that has not built their infrastructure around heat dissipation, there are worries over the health and safety of people, especially the vulnerable, such as the elderly.

“For our friends in the midst of a heatwave, a quick note about Steam Deck in high temperatures. Steam Deck performs at its best in ambient temperatures between 0° and 35° C,” the company said. “If the temperature gets higher than this, Steam Deck may start to throttle performance to protect itself.”

They followed up that tweet explaining that the internal temperatures of the Steam Deck, when they reach 105°C (221°F) will shut down the handheld device in order to protect itself from damage.

It would appear that the Steam Deck is not the only handheld that will suffer when exposed to these high temperatures. Nintendo also recently warned Switch owners of high temperatures as well.

Nintendo was quick to publish a statement stating that the Nintendo Switch’s performance may start to suffer after reaching temperatures of 35°C or over after Tokyo was hit with its own heatwave two weeks ago.

Unfortunately, it would seem that, until the weather chills, playing handhelds outdoors may not be the way to go. Stay cool and stay safe.

Valve’s recently launched Steam Deck is now available, and in three flavors: $399 (64GB), $529 (256GB), and $649 (512GB), over on the Steam store.

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