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So, I've been playing Warframe lately, and I've noticed that occasionally, when I aim (hold LT) and then fire (hold RT) I strafe left.

I have done some testing, and I have found that it's less consistent if I stop moving before I aim, then fire. It also occasionally triggers if I move while I'm aiming and shooting.

I think it might be a dodgy input in the controller? But I'm not sure. What could be causing this?

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Stick Drift.

Simply put, your controller may be off by a small amount. This can happen for a variety of reasons.

Test for stick drift and recalibrate. Should not be too hard, with access to a pc.

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  • Thanks for the answer! I forgot to add it to my question, but it has only occurred recently that I know of, and the controller of fairly old, would that have any impact?
    – Ben
    Commented Nov 23, 2022 at 0:41
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    @Ben Yes. Wear-and-tear and build-up of dirt are both very common causes of stick drift in older, well-used, controllers. Replacing or cleaning the sticks are the respective solutions
    – vinzzz001
    Commented Nov 23, 2022 at 9:22

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