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The Steam Deck Already Has A Drift Problem, But There Is A Solution

Barely released, Valve’s portable console suffers from the same problem as the Nintendo Switch and its Joy-Con Drift.

Just a few days after its release, the Steam Deck is already acting up. Often compared with the Nintendo Switch, Valve’s hybrid PC actually has little to do with Big N’s machine. However, it suffers from a fairly similar problem: if we are to believe the first players who were lucky enough to get their hands on the terminal, the latter would suffer from a drift in its right joystick. Present on certain Switches for several years, including on the most recent OLED models, drift consists of a ghost movement of the joystick on the screen, even when the controller is not physically solicited by the player. A hell of an ingame problem.

A simple update bug

Valve had however assured that the drift would never concern its Steam Deck. On social networks, and especially on Reddit, several players have had the opposite experience. Fortunately, it seems that the problem is rather simple to solve. After contacting Valve’s technical support, a player indicates that according to the manufacturer, the drift would result from a simple bug in the latest system version. Concretely, the simple fact of updating the machine would be enough to solve the problem. For that, nothing could be simpler, you have to go to Settings > System > Software Update and download the latest update available.

To make the most of its console, Valve took advantage of this (small) false start to deliver some advice for players. The company therefore recommends plugging in your Steam Deck before turning it on for the first time, but also toinstall BIOS updates directly before launching any game. After which you will have plenty of time to enjoy.

For those who have not yet received their console, do not panic. Pre-orders were numerous, and the delivery is going to be long. Head here to find out when you can expect to enjoy your Steam Deck.

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