Valve Promises Steam Deck Will Not Suffer From Joystick Drift

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With the Steam Deck's announcement last week, fans are chuffed at the console's plethora of technological advancements and physical features.

However, people have been wary that Valve's portable system may suffer from the notorious joystick drift, a problem where without the user's control, analog sticks shift around and input instructions into your console.


But it seems as though these prayers have been answered.

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Valve Promises Steam Deck Will Not Suffer From Joystick Drift

Speaking with IGN, hardware engineer Yazan Aldehayyat has assured players that this problem will not be confronted when using the Steam Deck.

We've done a ton of testing on reliability, on all fronts really – and all inputs and different environmental factors and all that kind of stuff. I think we feel that this will perform really well. And I think people will be super happy with it. I think that it's going to be a great buy. I mean, obviously, every part will fail at some point, but we think people will be very satisfied and happy with this.

John Ikeda, Steam Deck designer clarified that the best components were used during the console's production, with hopes of withstanding this issue:

We purposely picked something that we knew the performance of, right? We didn’t want to take a risk on that, right? As I’m sure our customers don’t want us to take a risk on that either.

Having plagued consoles for generations and is still evident through the PS5 and Xbox, where Microsoft is undergoing a lawsuit regarding this obstacle.


Despite revealing an upgraded OLED model of the Nintendo Switch due to release later this year, the console's notorious analog drifting issues will still remain.