4 exciting Steam Deck accessories that aim to elevate Valve's handheld to new heights
1. GuliKit SNES-themed dock
While Valve has released the Steam Dock for the Steam Deck, it's a rather plain, understated affair. If you're after something with a little more style, GuliKit recently announced a Nintendo SNES-themed dock for the Steam Deck — and other handheld gaming devices — at Gamescom 2023.
Apart from looks, the as-yet-unnamed GuliKit docking station has a different port layout compared to the Steam Dock. Instead of the three USB 3.1 Type-A ports and single HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, Ethernet, and USB Type-C ports found on the Steam Dock, the GuliKit docking station features three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, an HDMI output, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a USB Type-C out port. GuliKit also designed the retro docking station with a 100-W power input to power the Deck or any other handheld device you plug into it.
The GuliKit dock will also feature four microSD card slots tucked away somewhere on the device, but it's unclear if they're just for passive storage or if they're electrically connected for storage access while docked.
All-in-all, it seems to be a promising addition to the Steam Deck and general handheld accessory ecosystem, but no release date has been announced yet, and it may be a while before it is officially released.
4K 60HZ video output,Gigabit Ethernet,3 USB3.0 ports,100W Max power delivery,4 TF card slots https://t.co/WU45bVx5Yv— GuliKit (@GuliKitDesign) August 24, 2023
2. JSAUX 7-in-1 Steam Deck Dock
If the GuliKit SNES-themed docking station isn't for you, or if you don't feel like waiting around for GuliKit to eventually announce availability and a launch date, the JSAUX HB0702 Steam Deck Dock has you covered. JSAUX's dock does basically the same job as other docks out there but for almost US$40 less than the official Steam Dock.
The JSAUX Steam Deck Dock has all the same ports as the Steam Dock — three USB 3.2 Type A ports, one Gigabit Ethernet port, one of each DisplayPort and HDMI port for 4K 60 Hz or 2K 120 Hz output, and a USB Type-C port with 100 W power delivery.
3. GuliKit Electromagnetic Joystick Module for Steam Deck
One of the biggest concerns about the Steam Deck stems from its use of traditional potentiometer joysticks, which are prone to joystick drift over time. Fortunately, GuliKit makes drop-in hall-effect joysticks for the Steam Deck in the form of its Electromagnetic Joystick Modules.
While installation requires opening the Steam Deck and fiddling around with its innards, there is no soldering required. Instead, you open the Deck, unplug the old joystick modules, plug the new ones in and screw them down, and close the Steam Deck back up again. You may also need to calibrate the new joysticks — a process GuliKit explains on the product page.
Upgraded GuliKit hall effect anti-drift joystick module for #SteamDeck is ready! Much better,compatible with both Type A and Type B sticks, complete module with cap on for drop in solderless installation, 50% less power. #GuliKit #gaming https://t.co/fkfzQofEY8 pic.twitter.com/rJPHzs9sQZ— GuliKit (@GuliKitDesign) June 8, 2023
4. F(x)tec DeckHD display upgrade
Another common gripe about the Steam Deck is its 1280 × 800 screen resolution. The DeckHD, made by F(x)tec (or FX Technology) is a 1920 × 1200 Steam Deck screen replacement that aims to remedy the low resolution and some other shortcomings.
While a higher resolution probably isn't going to be a fantastic idea for triple-A gaming, it will almost certainly provide a better experience on Windows or tooling around in SteamOS
The DeckHD display not only has a higher resolution, but it has much higher sRGB colour gamut coverage — 87% vs the stock screen's 67% — and an anti-glare coating. While the DeckHD is expected to land at US$99, it's not officially available just yet. You can get onto the DeckHD waitlist to be notified when it's available.