Radial Controller Deadzones

Analog controls are not as smooth as tilt controls. They jump all over the place.

Just putting thresholds – a rudimentary deadzone – on thumbstick axes will not do.

This article sums up the reasons why, and offers solutions in the form of radial deadzones to avoid cross ‘+’ shaped deadzones.

The article tests a deadzone against the magnitude of the thumbstick’s [x,y] vector. Where:

(magnitude) |x,y| = √x2 + y2

We use a 3-component vector. To wit:

if (√((port-starboard)2 + (up-down)2 + (fore-aft)2) > deadzone) {

Buttons are fine. They read as either ‘1’ or ‘0’.


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