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Nintendo says the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) does feature improved Joy-Cons

Nintendo has published a new Ask the Developers interview on their official site for the Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) which has been released today. Within the interview Nintendo’s Deputy General Manager Toru Yamashita mentions that they have been looking at the Joy-Cons and have “repeatedly improved the wear resistance and durability” and that they have “undergone a lot of considerations to improve them. In addition, we improved the reliability test itself, and we have continued to make changes to improve durability and clear this new test.” So hopefully this means the end of the infamous Joy-Con drift.

Another major characteristic of Nintendo Switch is the Joy-Con controllers. A big part of the user experience comes from the Joy-Con, but were there any improvements?

Yamashita: Joy-Con controllers have lots of different features, so we’ve been continuing to make improvements that may not always be visible. Among others, the analog-stick parts have continuously been improved since launch, and we are still working on improvements. 

The analog stick at first release cleared the Nintendo reliability test using the method of rotating the stick while continually applying a load to it, with the same criteria as the Wii U GamePad’s analog stick.

As we have always been trying to improve it as well, we have investigated the Joy-Con controllers used by the customers and repeatedly improved the wear resistance and durability.

The parts of the Joy-Con analog sticks are not something that can be bought off the shelf but are specially designed, so we have undergone a lot of considerations to improve them. In addition, we improved the reliability test itself, and we have continued to make changes to improve durability and clear this new test.

When the effects of our improvements were confirmed, we promptly incorporated them into the Joy-Con controllers that are included with the console, Nintendo Switch Lite, and the ones sold individually, that were manufactured at that time. This involves the internal components of the Joy-Con, so you can’t tell the improvements from the outside, but we use the new versions of the parts when we repair them. Also, similar continual improvements have been made for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller as well.

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13 comments

        1. Since they got new parts for the Joy-Con for the new model? does that mean when people like us send the original joy-cons in and then they will be replacing it for the new joy-con parts in the new joy-con from the OLED model or no?

        2. I hope so. And I hope one of those improvements is the damn drift issue being rectified. I’m gonna be very pissed if those Joy-Cons go to shit due to drift at some point.

  1. Yet again “repeatedly improved the wear resistance and durability”.
    Nintendo said 2-3 months ago that the configuration and functionality are exactly the same.

    So, is it fair to conclude, Joycon drift still exists ???

    1. +dannybogard
      Joycon Drift isn’t even a big deal anymore considering how easy it is to fix on your own.

        1. Someone that’s an expert on Joycons made a video on YouTube showing how to fix it and it’s shocking just how easy it is.
          All you need is a screwdriver that can fit the joycons and, I kid you not, a piece of cardboard.
          Here is the video that shows you how to do it.

    2. Honestly, I think it still exist in the original joy-con controllers. But, here is my big question. Does that mean when people like us send the original joy-cons in and then they will be replacing it for the new joy-con parts in the new joy-con from the OLED model or no?

  2. New Nintendo politic “lie!”.
    I play many years psx, ps2, ps3, ps4, psp, vita, gamecube, wii (and many other without joysticks) but for 20 years every controllers work without problems! Joycon start drifting after one month and after another month stop working complete! Joycon is trash! On ps4 i play Skyrim 1000+ hours! And dualshock4 still work without problems. Mine second pair of joycons stop working after “only” 80 hour of gameplay!!! I never play action games only slow stealth. New Nintendo manager start modern politics, stealing and lying. Switch is great console but trash joycons ruin handheld potencial.

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