Nintendo improved the JoyCons to fight against the ‘drift’


Nintendo has confirmed that the Nintendo Switch OLED model and previous models now include a revision of the Joy-Con with improvements to reduce the appearance of drift, a defect that occurs in the levers whereby the controller thinks that the player is pressing one direction when they are at rest.

In the latest Ask the Developer, Iwata Asks’ successor question series, Nintendo’s Technology and Development Division Heads Ko Shiota and Toru Yamashita discuss the changes made to the analog sticks . “The Joy-Con controls have a lot of different features, so we have continued to make improvements that are not always visible. Among others, the parts of the analog stick have been improving since launch and we are still working on improvements .”

“The original analog stick passed Nintendo’s reliability tests using the method of continuously rotating the stick,” says Yamashita, something also used in the Wii U GamePad. “We have always tried to improve it, we have investigated the use of Joy-Con by the users and we have improved the resistance and duration “.

As explained in the interview, these pieces of the sticks are specially designed and several studies have been carried out to improve them. ” We have also improved the reliability of the test itself and continue to make changes to improve with this new test. “

Are already on the market

Once the Nintendo team verified the higher quality of the new Joy-Con, these changes have been incorporated into the current Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite, the new OLED model, the controls sold individually, and those that are repaired. However, its external appearance is the same as that of the original Joy-Con. Improvements are also being made to the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.

Shiota says that wear on the sticks is inevitable with time and use because they are parts in physical contact and he uses the example of tires on cars. With this premise, they asked how we could improve their lives and if the duration were compatible with their function.

The drift problem has affected numerous users of the console and the European Union requested an investigation this year after receiving more than 25,000 complaints from consumers in different countries because, according to the group, 88% of NintendoSwitch users have had problems with the controls of the console during the first two years of use.