Joy-Con Drift: Nintendo talks about problems with Switch OLED as well

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Joy-Con Drift: Nintendo talks about problems with Switch OLED as well

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In a blog post entitled “Ask the Developer”, Nintendo is on the launch of the new model visible and invisible differences between the Nintendo Switch and the Switch OLED, but also spoke in particular about the well-known problem of “Joy-Con drift”.

Joy-Con drift is a problem that causes constant and unwanted inputs to be made via the analog stick of the Joy-Con controller, even if the user does not touch it. For example, game pieces move even when the analog stick is in its starting position. The problem mainly occurs after prolonged use. Nintendo has hardly commented on this problem so far, but in the blog post Ko Shiota, head of the Nintendo hardware division, and Toru Yamashita, deputy general manager of the technology development department, now explicitly address this problem – with little positive conclusions for them Player.

Analog sticks are constantly being improved

The parts of the analog stick have been continuously improved since the appearance of the switch and work is also continuing to make improvements. Even if the analog stick from the first model passed the tests in which it was rotated in a circle with constant pressure, as was also tested on the Wii U’s gamepad, the analog sticks were analyzed by users in order to reduce wear and tear and durability to increase. In addition, the test has also been adapted to adapt it to actual use by players. From the outside, these improvements to the Joy-Con, which have been made over and over again, could not be seen, according to Nintendo. They also flowed into the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.

Wear and tear cannot be avoided

At the same time, Nintendo admits that wear and tear is inevitable because the parts of the analog stick are in physical contact. The electrical contacts and springs in the analog stick wear out over time, so that inputs that are not intended are recognized. Durability and usability would have to be weighed against each other, an area in which Nintendo would like to achieve further improvements. The Nintendo Switch OLED now uses the latest version of the analog stick, which includes all the improvements made so far. This is now also being used in the newly delivered Switch, Switch Lite and Pro controllers.

Switch particularly affected

The problem of Joy-Con drift affects not only Nintendo, but all console and controller manufacturers, but is particularly pronounced with the Switch. Why this suffers particularly badly has not been conclusively clarified, but could be due to the construction itself, since Nintendo uses comparatively short analog sticks.

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