Steam Deck is having stick drift issu — er, nevermind

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Coming out of enthusiastic steam deck reviews, fans were getting excited about Valve’s new hardware. But a handful of reports from early adopters briefly poured cold water on that expectation. SteamDack has analog-stick drifting issues – at least according to a number of posts on Reddit. But in the hours following those posts, Valve claims to have identified and removed a software bug that was causing the problem.

On Reddit, users like HollandJ demonstrated analog sticks that continue to receive input even after they’ve let go. This seems to be a drifting problem affecting the gamepad for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S.

My steam deck also drifts on the right joycon after using the light 🙁 from steam deck

But valve designer Lawrence Yang says this is no longer a problem. Valve claims the problem was a bug in its firmware. This defect led to “deadzone regression” which apparently acts like a stick drift.

Of course, this does not mean that the steam deck is drift free. All analog sticks fail over time, and some launches are exposed – such as displays with stuck pixels. But even in that case, the good news is that the deck sticks are very easy to replace. You probably don’t want to fix them yourself. That is understandable. But you can take them to a local repair center and get the device back quickly as long as they have the right components.

The big story here is that it’s easy to get into FUD and hype in the early days of new hardware. If you are sensitive to anyone, you should tune out. The steam deck scene will take time to gather enough data to know the real truth about this device. So sit back and don’t be intimidated by every negative headline.

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