It won’t take long to use up the Steam Deck’s storage; Let’s take a look at how to expand the device’s storage
Despite being packaged as a handheld device, the Steam Deck is a powerful and versatile machine that can easily handle recently launched games. However, as with most current-gen hardware, it doesn't take long to fill the system's storage space with big video games, apps, and more.
The Steam Deck is currently sold in three models offering different storage levels, 64 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB. All three versions are excellent choices, but the entry-level 64 GB model is unsurprisingly more limited in installing large games. Taking the free-to-play Apex Legends as an example, the game's at least 70 GB to install, so the smaller model isn't sufficient. Thankfully, there is a way users can upgrade their Steam Deck and increase its storage. This guide will explain the steps and items needed to expand the Steam Deck's storage space.
Users will need a micro SD card to expand the Steam Deck storage. Thankfully, the reports have been good when using it to boot games. With solid – but not SSD speed – loading times, a decent micro SD card is vital for Steam Deck users, whether they use a 64 GB or a 512 GB model.
A recommended card for expansion is the above Samsung EVO micro SD A2 EVO Plus or the Pro. It's more reasonably priced than the San Disk cards, and can increase the Steam Deck's storage up to 512 GB. However, downloading games to the micro SD can be more time-consuming than if stored on the SSD. It's ideal for storing smaller titles or playing games with emulation on the Steam Deck for older software if one has a larger model.
The Steam Deck has a micro SD slot outside of the device. So there's no fiddling around and taking the machine apart to expand the storage and get more out of it. Use the following steps to install the new SD card:
That's everything needed to expand the Steam Deck's storage. As mentioned above be aware that downloading larger games will take longer than the SSD, but playing the games from the card will give the user more than a satisfactory experience.
The Steam Deck is available now from the official Steam store.
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Michael has been writing about entertainment since 2016. He loves gaming, movies – especially cheesy 80s and 90s action films, watching wrestling, MMA, and anything with Star Wars and superheroes. Mike’s favourite genre is RPGs, but also loves wrestling, boxing, and UFC games.