Valve issues a speedy update as reports of Steam Deck consoles suffering from stick drift start to come in
Valve’s highly-anticipated portable gaming console, Steam Deck, is finally making its way into the hands of users. Unfortunately, some people have started reporting that the joysticks on their Steam Decks are experiencing stick drift. Stick Drift is an issue where the joystick moves on its own because of deterioration. In three separate videos posted on the subreddit r/SteamDeck, we can see the cursor move on its own. In one video, the right joystick is moving while the user has opened the calibration menu.
While the news of Steam Deck consoles experiencing stick drift less than a few weeks after launch might be scary for people who are waiting for their consoles, Valve has issued an update aiming to fix the issue. Talking to Tom’s Hardware, Valve’s Lawrence Yang explained,”The team has looked into these reports and has determined there was a deadzone calibration issue introduced in a recent firmware update. We have just shipped a fix to address the problem, and the team will continue to watch for reports related to this issue.”
Following the firmware update, users who had previously posted about the Steam Deck stick drift explained to The Verge that the issues were fixed.