On the Switch OLED model, Nintendo has improved the Joy-Con controller, but the wear of the analog sticks is unavoidable, so drift can ultimately be an issue.
Many switch owners have reported that since the release of the console, Joy-Con controller analog sticks have become inconsistent over time, causing drift problems. Drift occurs when you move a character in one direction, but instead moves in another. Basically, the controller’s analog sticks are misaligned, resulting in unwanted input.
Nintendo said it made improvements to the internal components of the controller, especially the analog sticks. The company has continued to improve its controllers since the console was launched, incorporating these changes into the Joy-Con controller, Nintendo Switch Lite, and individually sold controllers included in the console. Stated.
There are two theories about the cause of drift. Accumulation of dust and certain types of dirt under a rubber cap designed to keep the inside of the controller clean. Or worn contacts. Nintendo hasn’t openly discussed the issue of providing an answer as to why drift occurs in the first place, so there’s no clear answer.
Joy-Con’s internal components have been improved to use newer versions of parts when repairing the controller. Similar continuous improvements have also been made to the Nintendo Switch Pro controller.
“The Joy-Con controller has so many features that we’re constantly making improvements that aren’t always visible,” said Toru Yamashita, Deputy GM of Nintendo’s Technology Development Department.
“Among them, the analog stick parts have been continuously improved since their launch, and we are still working on the improvement. The analog stick is rotated while keeping the load on the stick according to the same standard as the analog stick of Wii U GamePad. Using the method, we cleared Nintendo’s reliability tests in the first release.
“We have always been trying to improve, so we investigated the Joy-Con controller that our customers are using and repeatedly improved their wear resistance and durability.”
The Joy-Con analog stick parts are specially designed and not readily available for purchase, so Nintendo needed to consider ways to improve them. This led to changes in the reliability test itself, and the company continues to make changes to improve durability and pass new tests.
Still, when it comes to Joy-Con controller analog sticks, there’s a wear issue that Nintendo is “continuing to work on.”
“The degree of wear depends on the combination of materials and shapes, so we are investigating which combination is less likely to wear and continue to improve,” says Yamashita.
“The Joy-Con controller specifications haven’t changed in the sense that we didn’t add new features such as new buttons, but all the Joy-Con controller analog sticks included in the Nintendo Switch-OLED model are up to date. Version. Improvement.
“Needless to say, the same goes for the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite, Joy-Con controllers sold separately, and the analog sticks included in the Nintendo Switch Pro controllers currently shipping.”
Hopefully, using the new and improved parts means fewer instances of drift in the player, but the problem still boosts the ugly head as the internal components of the analog stick wear over time. There is a possibility.