The first owners of the Steam Deck portable console began to report that after a short period of use, stick drift began to occur on the device – the spontaneous movement of the cursor. Valve quickly responded to the problem and fixed it programmatically.
On the dedicated Steam Deck forum The online Reddit community began to report spontaneous cursor movements on the console screen: two owners of the device demonstrated this effect on the settings page, another showed a similar crash in the running Civilization game. After information about the malfunction began to appear on Twitter, Valve decided to respond.
“The team has looked into these reports and determined that there was a bug with deadband calibration in a recent firmware update. We have just released a hotfix with a resolution to the problem and the team will continue to monitor related reports.”– commented on the situation to the publication Tom’s Hardware Lawrence Yang, Steam Deck Developer.
The extent of the problem has not yet been established. Deliveries of the device started last week, and so far there have been few complaints. There were also no crash reports in the reviews. In general, the problem of joystick drift is considered inevitable: due to dust ingress or normal wear and tear, it occurs on almost any controller. Nintendo admitted last fall that it was impossible to completely get rid of it. And iFixit experts, when parsing the Steam Deck, showed that the joysticks of the portable console can be changed relatively easily – Valve even promised to supply spare parts separately.
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