Having your controller drift off while you're in the middle of a game can be frustrating, but it is fixable.
Google Daydream offers a new way to interact with your world while in VR. With the use of the remote you are given are a greater degree of ability to easily zip from one menu to another with aplomb and ease. At least, when the remote is working properly that how it seems. While controller drift during a video can be distracting, if it crops up during a game it can seriously throw you off of your stride. Thankfully, there are a few different ways to troubleshoot this problem so that it doesn't ruin your VR gaming experience.
Update your software
If your controller is acting funky from the first time you jump into Daydream mode, then there might be a ridiculously easy fix for you. Open up Google Daydream inside of Google Play Store. From here make sure that your Daydream is completely up to date. If it needs an update, install the update and then check back in to see if the controller is now working properly. If it's still acting up, head into your settings menu and ensure that your Android software is up to date. While it doesn't work in every case, a number of users have reported that updating their software has eliminated drift problems.
Tap your controller
One of the easiest ways to troubleshoot your problem requires you to troubleshoot the controller directly. What you want to do is turn it over and place the controller in your hand with the touchpad facing down. From there you'll want to gently tap the back of the controller where the touchpad is. You don't want to whack the controller when you do this. Rather you should aim for a solid tap.
Recalibrate the controller on a solid surface
In certain cases, the problem was solved by recalibrating the Daydream remote. Now you can always recalibrate the remote pretty easily, but for this method you'll want a solid surface like a table, or the arm of your couch. From here you want to calibrate the remote several times. For some reason calibrating the remote while it is sitting on a stable surface seems to make it steadier afterwards.
Charge the controller, and let Daydream View cool down
If your problems with controller drift start to crop up after you've been playing for a while then it might be time to take a break. If your phone has started to heat up inside of Daydream, then it's entirely possible that is what is causing your problem. Remove your phone from the headset, and let it cool down. If your phone hadn't heated up, then it may be that your controller needs to charge. Drift apparently seems to crop up more with the remote when it's battery is near dead. Plug your controller in, and let it get a decent charge before you try to jump into VR again.
Contact Google Support for a replacement
If none of these solutions have solved your problem, then it may be time to contact Google Support. Users who have troubleshot their Daydream View and not found any fix have had luck by contacting Google Support. Now, when you call they may ask you to go through some of the troubleshooting methods that we have outlined above. Don't get frustrated, just go through everything with them. If none of their tips solve the problem, you can request an exchange and have a new remote sent out. For a few people, a malfunctioning remote was causing the overall problem.
Right now there a variety of fixes for remote drift, but none of them seem to work in every case. For now it's a matter of trial and error in order to find a solution to this problem, but it may well become easier as time goes along. Did any of these fixes solve your problem? Do you have another fix that we didn't have here? Be sure to drop us a line in the comments and let us know about it!
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