Gamers, have you taken a look at the Steam Deck? It is very much Valve’s answer to the Nintendo Switch, only it plays PC games. And while I am sure Valve is happy to be compared to such a popular console, I bet it doesn’t want to be associated with its shortcomings. The Nintendo Switch is still plagued with Joy-Con drift, after all. However, Valve is quite aware of the Switch’s biggest issue. So much so, that it has gone on record saying it hopes the Steam Deck avoids the Joy-Con drift flaw.
Valve has the foresight to make sure Steam Deck doesn’t have drift defects
Speaking with IGN, Valve hardware engineer Yazan Aldehayyat and designer John Ikeda talked about the Steam Deck’s design.
When approached with a question surrounding stick drift, Aldehayyat had this to say:
We’ve done a ton of testing on reliability, on all fronts really – and all inputs and different environmental factors and all that kind of stuff. I think we feel that this will perform really well. And I think people will be super happy with it. I think that it’s going to be a great buy. I mean, obviously every part will fail at some point, but we think people will be very satisfied and happy with this.
We purposely picked something that we knew the performance of, right? We didn’t want to take a risk on that, right? As I’m sure our customers don’t want us to take a risk on that either.
Those words can certainly be interpreted as a thinly veiled jab at the Switch. After all, what is a better marketing strategy than saying “Our console is like that one you really like, only it works more often.”
Enthusiasts, what do you make of Valve bringing up the specter of Joy-Con drift while discussing the Steam Deck? Are you content with your Switch or are you eyeing its most direct competitor? Let us know below.