Thumbsticks on game controllers, such as those found on the Steam Deck, can sometimes suffer from “drifting.”
This is when the thumbstick starts gets input even when it is not being physically moved. This can be a frustrating issue for gamers, as it can interfere with their ability to control their characters or vehicles in-game.
Just to let you know that you are not alone in this problem as many users have reported it.
There are a few different causes for drifting thumbsticks, and we have 4 quick solutions for you that can be used to fix the problem.
Solution 1: Update the Steam deck
The analog stick continues to receive input even after you let it go could be due to some random bug so its best to update your Steam Deck as
A patch to fix the Steam Deck stick drift issue was released recently, and Valve recommends that you install it to get rid of the problem. And so far, it has seemed to work for most users.
To check if you are using the latest OS of steam on Steam Deck, you need to:
- Tap on the Steam Button to open the sidebar
- Go to Settings
- Find System (second option)
- A yellow icon will appear that will tell you if an update is available and what’s new
- Click on Apply and Restart the Steam deck for the console to complete the update.
- Repeat the process to see if there’s any other update pending until it says it is up to date
If you are unable to update your steam deck, consider checking our Steam Deck Not Updating guide of ours to
Solution 2: Clean the Dust
To fix drifting issues with your Steam Deck Joystick, you may need to clean the area around the thumbstick to remove any dust or dirt that has accumulated there.
Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe the area to remove any buildup gently. It is essential to do this regularly, especially in the early days of using the controller, to ensure that it is functioning properly. If the problem persists after cleaning, you may need to try the next solution.
Solution 3: Change Dead Zone to Default
If nothing helps then all you can do is change your controller settings.
Remember: You have to apply these settings to every game when you face Steam Deck stick drifting
Just follow the steps below:
- While you are in-game press the Steam button on the Deck to go to controller settings
- Select Edit Layout
- And then select the right joystick cog icon
- Go to Dead Zones and change it to Default
- Now restart your game and you will able to get over Steam Deck thumbsticks started to drift
Solution 4: Contact Steam Deck Support
If you cannot get rid of the My Steam Deck thumbsticks that have started to drift after clearing the dust and other solutions, you should contact Steam Deck support and ask them to perform the necessary repairs on the console.
If still, you have a query feel free to share your experiences and question in the comments section down below.