The Steam Deck OLED stress test showed that the console’s screen starts to burn out after 750 hours of intensive use.

The Steam Deck OLED stress test showed that the console’s screen starts to burn out after 750 hours of intensive use.

The screen of the Steam Deck OLED portable console begins to burn out after 750 hours of intensive use. Such an experiment with a stress test of the device was conducted by video blogger The Phawks.

As part of the test, The Phawks set the console to display the same image for 750 hours, that is, about 31 days. During this time, the backlight brightness changed from 400 to 1000 nits, and the display mode changed from SDR to HDR. The Steam Deck matrix remained intact, but there were problems with increasing the brightness.

It turned out that the pixels that were subjected to the greatest load dimmed, and afterimages appeared on the areas of the screen with them. The most severe damage was noticeable when playing HDR content.

The blogger noted that under normal conditions the console screen will last much longer. However, The Phawks advised caution for players who prefer to play the same games at high brightness.

At the same time, the Steam Deck performed much worse than the Nintendo Switch OLED. Previously, The Phawks conducted a similar experiment with it, and near the Switch screen, burn-in began only after 5,000 hours of stress testing.

Valve unveiled an updated version of the Steam Deck OLED with increased battery life and up to 1TB of storage in November 2023. The cost of the portable console starts at $549.

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