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Steam Deck gets an OS update to help solve stick drift

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As more people get their shiny new Steam Deck, more problems will inevitably appear not just because hardware can never be perfect but as more system updates roll out — there's a bigger chance for problems and recently stick drift became an issue.

Posting on Reddit, a couple of users (#1, #2) showed some pretty bad stick drift, something other console makers have also had to deal with and it can be a really big issue. Particularly problematic on the Nintendo Switch with the Joy-Cons, something I've personally experienced.

Thankfully, it seems in this case it was a software problem and not a hardware defect, as Valve developer Lawrence Yang said on Twitter:

Hi all, a quick note about Steam Deck thumbsticks. The team has looked into the reported issues and it turns out it was a deadzone regression from a recent firmware update. We just shipped a fix to address the bug, so make sure you’re up to date.

Considering how, unlike the normal Switch models, you can't just easily grab a new controller with the Steam Deck as it's all stuck together inside the casing, this would have been quite the problem for new Deck owners. Let's just hope that Valve is already learning lessons on their update rollouts so things like this don't sneak past them.

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damarrin Mar 2, 2022
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I’d rather open up the SD and replace the stick than “just grab” a very expensive switch controller that’ll have the same problem after a while ;-) And I’m saying that as someone who has paid for new Switch controllers and who also has successfully opened them up to fix the drift.

Still, good news it’s just a software issue, those usually are much easier to fix. And Valve definitely need stricter testing standards.
elmapul Mar 2, 2022
i would like to follow the linux marketshare grow using the steam hardware survey, but looks like its offline...
anewson Mar 3, 2022
stick drift is the OG of all controller issues, would be pretty catastrophic if this got more serious
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