- The community is divided over the use of aim assist in competitive shooters, with some PC players using a Steam setting to get even more powerful aim assist than console players.
- Aim assist has become a controversial issue due to crossplay between PC and console players, and developers have struggled to find a balancing point for it.
- The recent outcry over the “stick drift” Steam setting highlights the ongoing complaints about aim assist in The Finals, and it remains unclear how the development team will address this issue.
The Finals‘ community is divided over whether aim assist has a place in competitive shooters. Some PC players are plugging controllers in and enabling a certain Steam setting to get even more powerful aim assist than console players.
Aim assist has been a staple of console shooters for decades now, and many would say that it’s necessary for an intuitive experience while using a controller. This feature was largely a non-issue for many years, until recently, when crossplay between PC players and console players became the norm in most games. Many developers have had trouble tuning aim assist so that it’s not superior to a mouse user’s aim, but also not too weak and frustrating to use. Other popular shooters like Overwatch 2 have struggled with aim assist and finding a good balancing point for it. The Finals seems to be no different, with significant chunks of the community growing frustrated with aim assist and its power within the game.
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One Twitter user, JakeSucky, posted a video that highlighted how powerful aim assist can be in The Finals. He explained that PC users can enable the “stick drift” option in Steam settings to make aim assist even more powerful than usual. The video showed his reticle tracking a moving practice dummy while not moving his thumbsticks at all. This exploit is especially frustrating for PC players, since there is no option for input-based matchmaking, forcing them to potentially play with those who abuse this setting. Console players will be relieved to know that they don’t need to worry about this exploit if they turn crossplay off.
This recent outcry over the “stick drift” Steam setting follows recent complaints over The Finals‘ base aim-assist system. Even without this new exploit, aim assist in The Finals can be quite powerful, leading some mouse-and-keyboard users to claim that it creates unfair matchups. The Finals‘ development team has yet to reveal their plans for addressing this issue, so it’s still unclear how severely they will modify the game’s aim assist, or whether they will at all. Based on the development team’s reactions to other issues, it seems possible that it plans to take some sort of action.
How to Fix Stick Drift With Steam
- Steam Settings
- Click on controller
- Click on Calibration & Advanced Settings
- Adjust as needed
The game was plagued with cheating issues shortly after its release, and to the community’s relief, The Finals‘ developers promptly released improvements for the game’s anti-cheat system. While the game still has cheaters, it was a promising sign that the developers took action.
Despite the anti-cheat improvements, The Finals still has cheating issues, so this problem will likely still be occupying some of the development team’s attention for a time. It seems unlikely that The Finals will be able to disable Steam’s “stick drift” setting, since it’s been used by Apex Legends players for a long time now.
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- December 8, 2023
- Embark Studios