According to this new study from a British consumer company, the Joy-Con drift problem is indeed mechanical.
After having been talked about for a long time a few years ago, the problem of Joy-Con drift may have just been elucidated. According to a new study by British consumer group Which? (equivalent to our UFC Que Choisir in France), the sliding phenomenon of the cursors of the portable console would come not from a software defect, but from a concern for mechanical manufacturing.
Fundamental design flaws
According to the study, reported by the media Eurogamer, it’s plastic circuit boards on the Joy-Con showed noticeable wear to the joystick’s cursor contact points, even though the controller was only a few months old. It is this same wear that would have led to the phenomenon of drift. After carefully disassembling the Joy-Con, the consumer association also indicates the presence of dust and other contaminants, in too large a quantity for such a short time of use. Despite Nintendo’s attempts to seal the joints of its controller, it is clear that the result is far from sufficient.
What is the Joy-Con drift?
Brought to light in 2017, just a few months after the launch of the hybrid console, the Joy-Con drift phenomenon has been illustrated several times by players unhappy to see their cursor come to life on the screen, without any action. physics from them on the joysticks of the gamepad. A problematic situation, for which Nintendo has long turned a deaf ear.
Even today, the company is struggling to recognize its share of responsibility in the Joy-Con drift problem. Once again, the association is asking the Japanese firm for a full refund for British consumers who have purchased and reported a problem with the Joy-Con since 2017. It is also asking for the establishment of a official replacement or repair plan for all affected Joy-Cons, which would require the company to officially acknowledge a design error in the product.
For its part, Nintendo remains on its position, arguing that “the percentage of Joy-Con controllers that have been reported to have had issues with the analog stick in the past is low“, and that solutions have been provided on a case-by-case basis.