Saturday, October 16th, 2021

Nintendo says it is continuously working to improve the durability of Joy-Con, but wear is “unavoidable”

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With the launch of the Switch OLED model, Nintendo has released a new’Ask the developer‘Discussion on the official website. It touches on all sorts of details about the new system, but finally there’s a conversation about the Joy-Con controller.

Joy-Con controllers have been under close scrutiny over the last few years, with consumer reports that the stick “drifts” over time and records input even when the user isn’t touching it. Nintendo has been involved in a lawsuit on the issue, and this week consumer advocacy group Euroconsumers called on Japanese companies to address the issue.

Toru Yamashita of Nintendo’s technology development department explained that Japanese companies have continuously improved the Joy-Con controller since the launch of the original model, and the Switch OLED Joy-Con is the “latest version” with all the improvements. I mentioned that. far.

The Joy-Con controller specifications haven’t changed in the sense that we didn’t add new features such as new buttons, but the Joy-Con controller analog sticks included in the Nintendo Switch – OLED model are the latest version. .. There are all improvements. Needless to say, the same applies to the analog sticks included in the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite, Joy-Con controller (sold separately), and Nintendo Switch Pro controller that are currently shipping.

Nintendo doesn’t specifically state what has improved inside the controller over time, but more generally it focuses on improving the resistance, durability, and reliability of analog sticks.

The analog sticks passed Nintendo’s reliability tests in the first release, using the same criteria as the Wii U GamePad’s analog sticks, using a method of rotating the stick while continuing to load it. Since we are constantly striving to improve, we have investigated the Joy-Con controller used by our customers and repeatedly improved their wear resistance and durability.

However, Shiodako, who was involved in this interview, admits that wear is “unavoidable.”

Basically, does wear inevitably occur as long as the parts are in physical contact?

Yes, for example, car tires constantly rub against the ground to spin, so they wear out as the car moves. So, on the same premise, I asked myself how to improve durability and how to make both operability and durability coexist. That is what we are working on continuously.

Mr. Yamashita adds as follows.

The degree of wear varies depending on the combination of materials and shapes, so we are continuing to improve by investigating which combination is less likely to wear. The Joy-Con controller specifications haven’t changed in the sense that we didn’t add new features such as new buttons, but the Joy-Con controller analog sticks included in the Nintendo Switch – OLED model are the latest version. .. There are all improvements. Needless to say, the same applies to the analog sticks included in the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite, Joy-Con controller (sold separately), and Nintendo Switch Pro controller that are currently shipping.

What do you think of Nintendo’s ongoing efforts to improve the Joy-Con controller and reduce drift issues? Do you think Joy-Con’s reliability has improved over time? Please leave your own comments below.