Speaking to PC Gamer, a Valve representative said that the company will increase the battery life of the original version of the Steam Deck portable gaming console following the release of an updated OLED version of the console. This will be done through a software update.
“In fact, many of the software and firmware improvements implemented on the new OLED model will also be applied to the regular LCD models.”Valve hardware engineer Yazan Adehayyat said in a comment on a gaming news site.
According to him, the company will release a new BIOS version for the original Steam Deck some time after the release of the OLED model. This update also aims to optimize the console’s battery consumption.
We would like to remind you that the presented Steam Deck OLED console received a larger 50 Wh battery, while the original model with IPS screen is equipped with a 40 Wh battery. According to the manufacturer, the updated set-top box has a battery life of 3 to 12 hours, while the original has a battery life of 2 to 8 hours. The installation of a larger battery in the updated set-top box has become possible, among other things, through the use of a thinner OLED screen module, which does not require additional backlighting.
The updated Steam Deck with OLED screen will go on sale on November 16th starting at $549.