Joy-Con drift has been a very persistent problem for Nintendo Switch users. So much so that the company has been at the center of a number of lawsuits. On it’s part, Nintendo has been pretty quiet about the issue. With the launch of the Nintendo Switch OLED, questions regarding Joy-Con drift have popped up once again.
Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Drift: Bad news…
In a post on the official Nintendo website, Ko Shiota, Head of Nintendo’s Technology Division and Toru Yamashita of the Technology Development Department answer some questions regarding the development of the new Nintendo Switch OLED. In one of the answers, both of them suggest that the Joy-Con drift issue won’t be going away anytime soon.
For the uninitiated, Joy-Con drift is the colloquial term for the issue wherein the Joy-Con controller on the Switch would receive false inputs, even when they weren’t touched. Shiota and Yamashita both note that wear in the Joy-Cons is unavoidable. As such, the drift issue will remain. But on the plus side, Yamashita notes that the company has done it’s bit to improve the reliability of the controllers.
“The degree of wear depends on factors like the combination of the materials and forms, so we continue to make improvements by researching which combinations are less likely to wear. We mentioned that the Joy-Con controller specifications hadn’t changed in the sense that we didn’t add new features such as new buttons, but the analog sticks in the Joy-Con controllers included with Nintendo Switch – OLED Model are the latest version with all the improvements. Needless to say, so are the analog sticks included in Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite, separately sold Joy-Con controllers, and the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller that are currently being shipped,” Yamashita noted.