No, there’s no way to calibrate the touchscreen of the Steam Deck. It is possible to calibrate the display (colors, temperature etc), but not the touchscreen. There is one thing you can do though.
Touchscreen behaves differently in Steam (game mode) and in OS (Desktop Mode). The desktop mode is much more responsive.
Understanding the Steam Deck Touchscreen
Before we jump into the question of calibration, let’s take a moment to understand the Steam Deck’s touchscreen functionality. The device boasts a 7-inch touchscreen display, which allows users to interact with it in both game and desktop modes. While the display can be calibrated for factors like color accuracy and temperature, the same cannot be said for the touchscreen.
When it comes to the touchscreen calibration specifically, Valve has not provided any official means of adjusting its sensitivity or responsiveness. In other words, you won’t find a built-in calibration tool or settings to fine-tune the touchscreen to your liking. This can be disappointing for some users who value customization and fine control over their gaming experience.
Differences in Behavior
One thing that users have noticed is that the touchscreen behaves differently in game mode compared to desktop mode. In game mode, the touchscreen might exhibit certain quirks or variations in sensitivity, which can affect the overall gaming experience. On the other hand, when using the Steam Deck in desktop mode, the touchscreen feels much more responsive and accurate. This has led some users to assume that calibration is possible, but this is simply not the case.
The Bright Side
While there’s no official means of calibrating the Steam Deck’s touchscreen, don’t lose hope just yet. There is one thing you can do to improve the touchscreen experience – update your device’s firmware. Valve has a history of releasing firmware updates for their hardware, and it’s quite possible that they might address touchscreen-related issues in future updates.
If your Deck touchscreen is extremely unresponsive – I’d recommend sending it back and getting a replacement.