To start off with, this is not a recent issue. People have been complaining about Joy-Con Drift within months after the release of the Nintendo Switch. However, with more and more people experiencing the issue and coming forward, it has vastly caught the attention of large media outlets, law firms and the Big N itself. It has come to the point that Nintendo must address the issue and resolve it before it can damage the success the Nintendo Switch had and cripple the future of the console.
What exactly is Joy-Con Drift?
For those who have yet to experience on their consoles or just want to know what it is, Joy-Con drift is the phenomenon of the joystick on either Joy-Con Controller, moving the cursor around on the screen on its own accord. This can affect either Joy-Con though it is more commonly found in the left Joy-Con as the joystick is predominantly used movement control.
Sometimes it will appear after an input has been made and will move about on its own. Other times, it will do it the moment the console is switched on. It can be caused by either dust or dirt that has got under the rubber casing around the joystick or due to the deterioration of the graphite strips underneath the casing.
What Does Nintendo Say About This Matter?
After constant badgering from Customers and Media outlets alike, Nintendo has released a statement on the matter.
At Nintendo, we take great pride in creating quality products and we are continuously making improvements to them. We are aware of recent reports that some Joy-Con controllers are not responding correctly. We want our consumers to have fun with Nintendo Switch, and if anything falls short of this goal we always encourage them to visit http://support.nintendo.comso we can help.
So, What Is Nintendo Actually Doing About It?
This is a good question and the answer we have been given sounds like a good one but it comes at a price, literally. You can contact your regional Nintendo office and send your Joy-Cons in for repairs. The downside is that it will cost YOU around $40 or your country’s equivalent for the privilege. It also doesn’t guarantee the problem will be fixed as some people have noticed that their Joy-Cons started drifting again shortly after having them repaired. They also offer another alternative by recalibrating your Joy-Con with the Switch Console but that will only solve the issue if it is a software problem.
What Is Being Done To Make Nintendo Take Responsibility For These Faulty Joy-Con?
A US based Law firm called Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith have filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo. They claim that due to the drift issues in Joy-Con controllers, they are allegedly defective. The law firm is currently looking for more Switch owners to come forward and join the lawsuit.
Is There Anything I Can Do To Fix Joy-Con Drift Myself?
Some home remedies include using compressed air or isopropyl alcohol to ‘clear’ the dust and grime inside the affected Joy-Con. Some people have resorted to taking the Joy-Con apart and cleaning it manually. This will however, void any warranty you have and will may cause Nintendo to refuse repairing themselves afterwards.
We sincerely hope that Nintendo will make come up with a more effective solution. If the Joy-Con controllers are indeed defective, it stands to reason that Nintendo should recall and replace all Joy-Con that have been affected. With the upcoming Nintendo Switch Lite releasing in September, It is strongly wished that the integrated controls will be much more robust as it would be much more difficult to cure Joy-Con drift on the entire system.