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Valve Hopes To Avoid Thumbstick Drift On The Steam Deck – Kotaku

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Thumbstick drift is a nasty and frustrating problem that seems to have become more common on some consoles and devices. Valve is aware of these issues and says it has done a bunch of tests and picked high-quality and reliable parts to avoid the “risk” of stick drift becoming a problem with Steam Deck devices.

In an IGN interview with Valve designers and engineers who worked on the Steam Deck, the company claims that it is fully aware of the ongoing kerfuffle regarding joystick drift and that it is trying to avoid that situation. To do this, Valve explained that it has done a “ton of testing on reliability” of various Steam Deck parts and it believes customers will be “super happy” with how the device performs.

“ I think that it’s going to be a great buy,” explained hardware engineer Yazan Aldehayyat in the IGN interview. “I mean, obviously every part will fail at some point, but we think people will be very satisfied and happy with this.”

Another step in the company’s plan to combat stick drift, according to Valve, is that its using parts that it knows have a high-performance quality. “We didn’t want to take a risk on that, right,” said Steam Deck designer John Ikeda. As I’m sure our customers don’t want us to take a risk on that either.”

Read More: I Despise Joy-Con Drift, But I’m Learning To Live With It

All of this sounds good and is important because unlike the Switch or PS5, which have suffered from stick drift issues in the past, the controller inputs of the Steam Deck are built into the device, which would make repairs trickier and more expensive than just buying a new controller.

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Stick drift has long plagued the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons, with fans recently discovering a potential fix for the problem using cardboard. PS5 controllers have also encountered stick drift. Things have gotten so bad that some folks have restored to lawsuits against the console makers producing these controllers.

Valve announced the Steam Deck, a portable PC capable of playing high-end games, earlier this week and opened up pre-orders soon after. While the pre-orders hit a snag early on, things have calmed down a lot since then. The base version of the device starts at $400, a price that Valve boss Gabe Newell said was “painful” to achieve.

Meanwhile, resellers have already swooped in and are trying to sell pre-registrations on eBay for, in some cases, upwards of $2000.

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Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 4 Classic prices confirmed in a new leak – SamMobile

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Samsung will unveil a bunch of new devices next week during its Galaxy Unpacked August 2021 event. The company’s first Wear OS 3 smartwatches will be a part of the event as well. Their design and complete specs sheet have been leaked already, and now their pricing has been revealed as well.

Galaxy Watch 4 price could start at €279

Leakster Even Blass (@evleaks) has published a few images of the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, and they reveal the European prices of the wearables. The Galaxy Watch 4’s 40mm variant could carry a price tag of €279, while its 44mm variant could cost €309. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, which has a rotating bezel and a bigger screen, could be priced at €379 for the 42mm variant and €409 for the 46mm variant.

Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 4 specs

Both smartwatches sport circular Super AMOLED displays with Corning’s Gorilla Glass DX/DX+ protection. They feature an IP68 rating as well as an MIL-STD-810G-compliant design for dust, water, and shock resistance. Both smartwatches run One UI Watch 3.5 software on top of Wear OS 3. They also feature an accelerometer, barometric altimeter, ECG, GPS, gyro, heart rate monitor, sleep monitoring, SpO2 sensor, stress monitoring, and even body fat composition measurement.

The Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic will come equipped with the 5nm Exynos W920 dual-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. They also feature dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, and NFC. The smartwatches have a loudspeaker and microphone for taking calls and other tasks. The Galaxy Watch 4 is expected to feature a 247mAh battery, while the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic could have a 361mAh battery.

Both smartwatches feature Qi wireless charging, Samsung Health, SmartThings, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay.

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  • Dimensions: Watch: x x mm
  • Display: 1.2 inch / 30.2 mm Circular Super AMOLED
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Samsung Galaxy Book Go is now available in Canada – MobileSyrup

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Samsung’s latest laptop offering, the Galaxy Book Go, which the tech giant is positioning as an ultra-compact and portable device, is now available in Canada.

You can purchase the Samsung Galaxy Book Go at Samsung Experience Store, Best Buy Canada locations and online at Samsung.com/ca for $419.99.

The laptop is powered by the new Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 processor along with a Qualcomm Adreno graphics card and 4 GB LPDDR4x Memory.

It features a 14-inch anti-glare full HD display and will be available in the Mystic Silver colour variant and 64GB storage specification. The laptop also has a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

The compact laptop runs on Windows 10 Home and boasts two 1.5 W stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos audio, an internal digital mic and a 720p HD camera.

Further, the laptop has two USB Type-C ports, one USB 2.0 port, one headphone-out/mic-in combo port, along with a chiclet keyboard (Island-type keyboard).

The Samsung Galaxy Book Go has a 42.3 Wh (Watt Hours) battery that allows it to run up to 18 hours on a single charge.

While the Samsung Galaxy Book Go’s listing on Samsung’s website doesn’t let me purchase it at the time of writing this (2:30 pm ET), according to the company’s news release, the laptop will be available to purchase today, August 3rd, at Samsung Experience Stores, Best Buy Canada locations and online at Samsung.com/ca for $419.99.

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Apple to launch buy now, pay later services in Canada on Aug. 11

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Apple Inc plans to launch buy now, pay later services in Canada on Aug. 11, CNBC reported on Tuesday, citing a Bloomberg News report.

Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

 

(Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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