The Steam Deck portable console has a 7-inch, 1280 x 800 pixel screen with 67% sRGB color space coverage – quite good, but much more modest than many gaming PCs. And it is significantly inferior in performance to the competing ASUS ROG Ally. Therefore FX Technology has developed an alternative with higher resolution and anti-reflective coating.
Advertisement DeckHD from FX Technology differs from the original with a resolution of 1920 × 1200 pixels and 95% coverage of the sRGB color space – with the same brightness of 400 cd/m² and the same frequency of 60 Hz. For comparison: ASUS ROG Ally still has 500 cd /m² and 120 Hz. More accurate color reproduction is perhaps the main advantage of the proposal. Although a higher resolution will be visually pleasing, the Aerith chip with Zen 2 processor and RDNA 2 graphics built into the Steam Deck can fail in some games. Even with the more powerful ASUS ROG Ally, the testers sometimes switched the resolution to 720p in order to achieve acceptable frame rates.
The DeckHD’s anti-reflective coating will no doubt appeal to Steam Deck owners – only the older model with a 512GB drive originally comes with it. Valve said the device’s displays and batteries could be swapped out, and it seems third-party manufacturers seemed interested in the idea. FX Technology says the $99 alternative display will launch, but hasn’t given a timeline yet.
Valve also paid attention to the high maintainability of the device from the start and used the support of iFixit for this. Already published Step-by-step instructions how to replace the display on a steam deck – it includes 43 steps. And those who are particularly impatient can order the original anti-glare screen from the top model on the same iFixit’s website, and it costs the same $99.