Facepalm: Nintendo acquired nearly every little thing proper with its hybrid Switch console apart from the JoyCons, which endure from a drifting drawback. Only days after the launch of the Switch Lite, at the very least one person has reported joystick drift on the brand new gadget too.
Redditor TorteDeLimi posted a video (beneath) displaying his new Switch Lite show signs of “joystick drift.” Assuming the video is actual and never only a calibration subject, this might be a major problem for Nintendo. At least with the unique Switch, the JoyCons are a separate simply changed element. The Switch Lite has built-in controllers requiring restore as an alternative of straightforward controller alternative.
When JoyCons fail out of guarantee, customers have two options – purchase a brand new set of controllers for round $70, or restore the defective parts themselves. The components are available on Amazon for about $14, and changing them is easy. It does void your guarantee on the JoyCons however not on the console itself. DIY-ing your Lite controllers shouldn’t be as easy.
YouTube channel Spawn Wave did a teardown of a Switch Lite and stories that Nintendo seems to have used the identical joystick switches that it makes use of for the JoyCons. A better have a look at the mechanisms, nevertheless, revealed a distinct half quantity than those used within the different controllers. Whether it’s because the corporate tried to repair the drift drawback or it’s only a matter of “same part, different device” is unknown.
Regardless, repairing the issue sticks on the Lite appears to be a ache. Getting to the joystick mechanisms just about requires a whole disassembly. The restore is way more sophisticated than merely changing the defective sticks on the JoyCons. it additionally voids your guarantee of the whole handheld within the course of. Users are higher off sending of their Switch Lite for a guaranty restore.
So far, Nintendo has not formally addressed the issue within the authentic JoyCons, even within the face of a category motion lawsuit. It additionally has not commented on the obvious subject with the Lite. Perhaps a recent dose of returns of the brand new handheld-only gadget will spur it into motion on each fronts.
Then once more, perhaps it’s nothing greater than a calibration subject on this case. We’ll have to attend and see if extra customers report the identical drawback.
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