Is it safe to play the Steam Deck or Nintendo Switch in hot weather?
How hot is too hot for the handheld gaming machines?
Quick Answer: The highest temperature recommended by Nintendo and Valve for gaming on the Switch and
One of the best things about gaming on a portable machine like the Steam Deck or the Nintendo Switch is that you can take them just about anywhere.
But you might need to be careful about gaming on those devices in hot temperatures.
If you’re gaming on a
We all know electronics and extreme heat don’t really mix too well. But how hot is too hot to game on your portable consoles?
How hot is too hot for your
Steam Deck or Nintendo Switch?
Short answer: about 35° Celsius or 95° Farenheit
When it comes to both the Steam Deck and the Nintendo Switch, both consoles should ideally be operated in temperatures less than 35° Celsius or 95° Fahrenheit.
Amidst hot temperatures around the globe in June of 2022, both companies took to Twitter to warn against gaming on
Nintendo sent the first warning amidst the current heat waves. The Japanese support page for Nintendo Switch shared a Tweet warning users to only use the Switch between 5° and 35° Celsius.
“If you use the Nintendo Switch in a hot place, the temperature of the main unit may become high. Please use in the place of 5 to 35 ℃. Also, if the intake and exhaust ports are blocked, the temperature of the main unit may rise. Make the air around the intake and exhaust ports better,” reads the English translation.
Valve followed Nintendo’s lead, issuing a warning of its own. Like the Switch, Valve suggests that you try not to play your Steam Deck in temperatures higher than 35° Celsius.
In a follow-up tweet, the company clarified that the
And playing in temperatures above 35° can make the device reach those limits much faster than normal.
Both devices have protections in place to throttle or even shut off the device to avoid potential damage to hardware.
But repeated instances of overheating will likely affect your device’s performance in the long run.
And that’s not to mention the potential to hurt yourself. Dealing with electronics at extreme temperatures always has the potential to cause some harm.
It’s best to follow these companies’ instructions. Try not to use your Steam Deck or Nintendo Switch at temperatures higher than 35° Celsius or 95° Fahrenheit.
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