With all litigation, official investigate, homemade repair and fans complain, it’s safe to say that the joystick drifting – especially on the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controllers – has been a hot topic of discussion in gaming circles over the past few years.
Of course, many controllers from many different manufacturers are capable of drifted (yes, even your fancy new one PS5 DualSense may have problems), so the conversation around this topic has started anew thanks to the reveal of Steam floor, a system that some would consider one of the Switch’s closest rivals in the future.
Wanting to reassure potential customers that drifting won’t be an issue with the Steam Deck, Valve hardware engineer Yazan Aldehayyat and designer John Ikeda addressed the system’s design process during the chat. talk with IGN. When asked specifically about club drift, Aldehayyat said:
“We’ve done a lot of reliability testing, really on all fronts – and all the different inputs and environmental factors and all that. I think we feel that way. I think this is going to work really well. And I think people are going to be very happy with it. I think it’s going to be a great buy. I mean, obviously every part is going to fail at one point. at some point, but we think people will be very pleased and happy with this.”
Ikeda mentions that the team didn’t want to “risk” on the parts they chose:
“We intentionally chose something that we know its performance, right? We don’t want to risk that, do we? Because I’m sure our customers don’t want us to risk it either? dangerous with that.”
The drift issues that have plagued the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers have been a headache for Nintendo; the company had to face litigation after litigation after litigation, was forced to apologize, and was put pressure from the European Consumer Organization to investigate and resolve the issue. It’s no surprise that Valve wants to avoid a similar nightmare with its new technology.
Are you interested in Valve’s Steam Deck, and did you choose it on Switch OLED?
https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2021/07/valves_steam_deck_hopes_to_avoid_switchs_joy-con_drift_issues | Valve’s Steam Deck hopes to avoid Switch Joy-Con Drift problems