Valve’s Steam Deck, the portable gaming PC that debuted this week, has received a lot of attention when it comes to hardware, but the inevitable question of anything that has a current bracelet is: when will the sticks start to drift?
Hopefully, soon, Valve says, in an interview with IGN.
"We've done a lot of reliability testing," Valve hardware engineer Yazan Aldehayyat said of the Steam Deck entries as a whole. Aldehayyat later said that "I think we think it will work very well. And I think people will be very happy. I think it will be a great purchase. I mean, obviously every part will fail at some point, but we think people will be very satisfied and happy with that ".
John Ikeda, designer of the Steam Deck, also said Valve chose Steam Deck hardware with known performance records. "We didn't want to risk it, did we?" He said. "Because I'm sure our customers don't want us to risk it either."
With manufacturers like Sony under the threat of lawsuits over problems arising from the PS5 and Nintendo's DualSense controller affected by stick drift problems since the launch of the Switch, it makes sense that reliability is on the radar of hardware engineers designing a console of games.
For more information on Valve’s new hardware, check out everything we know about Steam Deck, including specifications, price, and more. Or delve deeper and read this brief history of Valve’s diligence with the hardware.