Nintendo Is Increasing Joy-Cons to Avoid Drift. But, It Says It’s Inevitable
Nintendo has provided two important updates to the Switch’s ongoing issues with Joy-Con drag. These updates address how the console/handheld hybrid’s controllers are prone to detect input from their analog sticks when there is none. The first update is positive, but the second is less so. It’s not so.
Let’s begin with the good news. The company’s Technology General Manager Ko Shiota, and the Deputy General Manager for Technology Development Toru Yamashita, explained that Nintendo had been updating Joy-Con controller builds in response to drift. This means that future Joy-Con controllers are more durable and less likely to become damaged. The bad news is that Joy-Con drift has become a part of the controller’s design. Shiota compared it to tire wear on a car.
Shiota explains that car tires can wear down as cars move because they are constantly in friction with the ground. We started to think about how we could improve durability. This is something we’re constantly working on.”
Nintendo might think that this is a problem that Nintendo can’t solve. However, the Joy-Cons included in the OLED Switch model got some upgrades that will at minimum make them last longer.
Yamashita states that although we mentioned that Joy-Con controller specifications had not changed, in that we didn’t add new features like buttons, the Joy-Con joy-con controllers that come with Nintendo Switch – OLED Model have the most recent version with all the improvements. “Needless, to say, the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite, and separately sold Joy-Con controllers, as well as the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, are all the same.”
Nintendo has been involved in a class-action suit since Joy-Con drift became a well-known issue. This lawsuit was updated to cover users who purchased the Nintendo Switch Lite. The lawyers asked users to submit video testimony about how drift affected their experience with Nintendo Switch Lite. Although Nintendo’s problems with analog drift are most well-known, this is not an exclusive problem. Sony is currently dealing with similar problems with the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller.