Before Valve’s updated Steam Deck OLED was a thing, the company called DeckHD had released a “Better” screen for the mighty handheld gaming device, which upped the resolution from the default 800p to 1200p. This was seen as a viable option for those who owned a Steam Deck. Not many of those owners wanted to take apart their devices and risk messing up something. However, DeckHD has foreseen this and has now announced a new service where it will do the work for you for a cost.
Now, before you get all excited, there are a few things you need to be aware of. First of all, this service center, run by The Spark Angels, a company that specializes in repairing smartphones and tablets, among other things, is located in the UK. So, if you are like me and live in the US, it will take a while to get it back once you send it out for service. Secondly, if you don’t already have a DeckHD replacement screen, you will have to pay for that as well, which will double the price.
You’ll also have to pay to send your Steam Deck to the company, and seeing how that’s an overseas trip, that can run up to $100 or more. I’d also recommend springing for the insurance on the return shipping in case it gets lost, and you’re out of a Steam Deck. All in all, you’re looking at Nearly $300 dollars to get the screen updated or $200 if you already own the replacement screen.
Given the amount you’re paying for this service, and for a screen that while ups the resolution, the refresh rate doesn’t compare to the Steam OLED mode, maybe this isn’t worth it. But hey, who am I to tell you what to do with your money – It is your money, after all. Still, maybe putting up your Steam Deck up on eBay or another auction site and using that money to buy a Steam Deck OLED model might be the better way to go.
If you’ve ever wanted to replace your Steam Deck screen but were afraid you’d do more harm than good, now there’s an option for you. Should you take DeckHD up on their offer, we’d love to know how it goes for you.