Sunday, September 19th, 2021

Valve’s Steam Deck hopes to avoid Switch’s Joy-Con drift problem


With all the lawsuits, official investigations, homemade fixes, and fan complaints, it’s safe to say that the controller joystick drift-especially on the Joy-Con controller of the Nintendo Switch-has been in the gaming world for the past few years. Hot topics.

Of course, a large number of controllers from different manufacturers can suffer from drift (yes, even new ones you like PS5 DualSense may eventually have problems), therefore, due to the exposure of Valve’s upcoming Steam Deck, the conversation around this topic has begun again, and some people believe that the system will become one of Switch’s closest competitors in the future.

Valve hardware engineer Yazan Aldehayyat and designer John Ikeda are keen to assure potential customers that drift will not be a problem with Steam Deck, and talked about the design process of the system in their dialogue IGNWhen specifically asked about rod drift, Aldehayyat said:

“We have tested reliability in all aspects-and all inputs and different environmental factors and all the similar things. I think we think this will perform very well. And I think people will be very happy to use it. I think This will be a good purchase. I mean, obviously every part will fail at some point, but we think people will be very satisfied and happy about it.”

Ikeda mentioned that the team did not want to “risk” on the parts they chose:

“We deliberately chose something that we know performance, right? We don’t want to take risks, right? Because I believe our customers don’t want us to take risks.”

The drift problem of the Joy-Con controller that plagued Switch has always been a headache for Nintendo. The company faced lawsuit after lawsuit, was forced to apologize, and was pressured by European consumer organizations to investigate and resolve the issue. It is no surprise that Valve hopes to avoid similar nightmares through its new technology.

Are you interested in Valve’s Steam Deck, would you choose it instead of Switch OLED?