Thumb drift is an unpleasant and frustrating problem this seems to have become more common on some consoles and devices. Valve is aware of these issues and claims to have did a bunch of tests and chosen high quality and reliable parts to avoid the “risk” of stick drift becoming an issue with Steam Deck devices.
In an IGN interview with valve designers and engineers who worked on the Steam Deck, the company says they are fully aware of the ongoing mess surrounding the joystick drift and that they try to avoid this situation. To do this, Valve explained that it performed a “ton of reliability testing” of various parts of Steam Deck and believed customers would be “super happy” with the performance of the device.
“I think it will be a great buy,” hardware engineer Yazan Aldehayyat explained in the IGN interview. “I mean, obviously every part will fail at some point, but we think people will be very satisfied and happy with that. “
Another step in the company’s project of The drift of the combat stick, according to Valve, is that it uses parts that it knows to have a performing quality. “We didn’t want to take a risk on that, did we,” said The Steam Deck designer John Ikeda. « As I’m sure our clients don’t want us to take a risk on this either.
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This all sounds good and is important because unlike the Switch or the PS5, which have suffered from stick drift issues in the past, the Steam Deck’s controller inputs are built into the device, which would make repairs more difficult and costly than just buying a new controller.
Stick drift has long plagued Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons, with fans recently finding out a potential solution to the problem with the cardboard. PS5 controllers also have estick drift encountered. Things got so bad that some people have restored to prosecution against console manufacturers producing these controllers.
Valve announced the Steam Deck, a capable laptop to play premium games earlier this week and opened for preorders shortly thereafter. While pre-orders ran into a problem early on, things have calmed down a lot since then. The basic version of the device starts at $ 400, a price that Valve boss Gabe Newell said it was ‘painful’ to reach.
Meanwhile, resellers have already appeared and try to sell pre-listings on eBay for, in some cases, over $ 2,000.