There’s been a constant problem since the Nintendo Switch was launched in 2017: Joy-Con drift. It has held up over the years and through various upgrades and models – and it seems that Nintendo’s new OLED model is likely to suffer the same fate.
Joy-Con drift is a durability issue that occurs when joysticks “drift” or move without user input, causing a character to move unintentionally. Nintendo said in July that its new OLED model, released on Friday, would use the same old Joy-Cons as other models, but Nintendo is now making that clear some The original design has been improved.
In an in-depth interview posted on the Nintendo website, Nintendo developers Ko Shiota and Toru Yamashita talked about the “invisible” enhancements to the Joy-Con design over the years, and found that the company was continuously working on it have to improve the durability of the Joy-Con.
“The Joy-Con analog stick parts are not something that can be bought off the shelf, they are specially designed, so we put a lot of thought into improving them,” said Yamashita. “We also improved the reliability test itself and continued to make changes to improve durability and pass this new test.”
Yamashita added that the upgraded parts are in new consoles – including the Nintendo Switch Lite – and in both repaired and newly purchased Joy-Cons (Nintendo offers repairs for drifting Joy-Cons), as well as similar adjustments in Nintendo Switch Pro controllers .
The problem, however, is that Nintendo said Joy-Con clothing was “inevitable”.
“Yes, for example, car tires wear out when the car is moving because they are in constant friction with the ground to turn,” said Shiota. “So with the same premise, we asked ourselves how we can improve durability, and not only that, but how can usability and durability coexist? It is something that we are continuously addressing. “
Although Nintendo seems to be saying that wear and tear on the Joy-Con controllers is inevitable, the upgraded Joy-Cons should, in theory, withstand this stress longer. Time will tell whether this is really the case in practice.
It seldom happens that Nintendo talks about Joy-Con drift, although in this interview the developers seem to be referring to the problem without saying those specific words. This is not surprising, however, as Nintendo is currently facing multiple class action lawsuits over the controllers – the last of which, filed in 2020, involves a robust technical breakdown of the Joy-Con controller and its issues.