Steam Deck already suffers from the dreaded "drift" in its sticks, and the solution could be found by third party manufacturers

Steam Deck already suffers from the dreaded “drift” in its sticks, and the solution could be found by third party manufacturers

Steam Deck just came out a few days ago, but some users are already lamenting that their sticks have “drift”, or drift, that the stick moves on its own. But some external manufacturers are already working on controls and joysticks that would nullify the risk of drift.

Steam Deck has already begun to reach the homes of its first buyers. Valve’s PC may be the ultimate handheld console, capable of running today’s most powerful games available on the Steam store. However, it seems that not everything has gone smoothly.

And it is that several users are already beginning to denounce on social networks and forums such as Reddit that your console suffers “drift” in the stick. Specifically, it is happening on the right stick, according to these first examples.

The “drift” of the sticks it’s an issue you’ve likely had to deal with if you own a Nintendo Switch console, where Joy-Con drift is so common and affects so many users that it’s led to class-action lawsuits in Canada and the United States.

It occurs due to manufacturing defects, easily solved in the case of Switch, but which has also affected other consoles such as PS5 and its Dualsense, for example. Steam Deck has not been spared either.

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Being a manufacturing defect, Valve should be able to repair it even without warranty. But if you want a more reliable solution, you may have to turn to third party companies, which have been authorized by Valve to sell components and replacement parts for the Steam Deck.

One of those companies is GuliKitwhich has confirmed to us that it is working on joysticks for the Steam Deck that use technology that will completely eliminate drift, since it uses an electromagnetic system instead of friction-sensitive mechanisms, which is what causes this problem. We just tested it on the King Kong 2 Pro controller for Switch.

In any case, until then the solution will be Valve support. And it is that the Steam Deck early reviewsalthough they praise its power, comfort and value for money, they do point out multiple problems in the software, to the point that some define it as an “early access” product.


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