Nintendo may have found the solution to Joy-Con drift, this behavior which causes the sticks of the Switch controllers to drift. It is certainly a patent, but it is not impossible to think that the invention will be used for the Switch 2.
This is THE hardware problem that tarnishes the reputation of the Switch: Joy-Con drift, in other words this random “drift” of the controller sticks. A hell of a problem which completely ruins the experience of the player, who then sees his character or the camera go into the scenery.
Nintendo downplayed the problem, ensuring that drift only affected a small portion of Switch users. In France, the company repairs or replaces defective controllers free of charge. However, the bug is quite a headache that the manufacturer has never completely resolved, including on the Switch OLED, the latest version of the console.
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Although Nintendo has not been able to find a satisfactory solution to the problem with this generation of the console, that does not stop the company from thinking about the future. In a patent filed in the United States in May and published in early September, the company protects the idea of an analog stick using magnets to capture the player’s movements. In other words, it is Hall effect technology which avoids interaction between components. The specialist Gulikit has also been offering Hall sticks for Joy-Conde since January.
With this technology, no more friction on mechanical parts, which is the cause of Joy-Con drift. So, when we talk about patents, we have to be careful: nothing says that Nintendo will actually use it for future controllers, but the prospect of the upcoming launch of the Switch 2 gives us some hope.
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Definitively resolving the drift problem would be very good news for this new generation of Switch, which also looks quite good given the increasingly insistent rumors. See you by the end of next year to find out for sure!