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Do your Joycon drift?

Yes 41 63.08%
 
No 24 36.92%
 
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FragileSurface said:
Hmm...maybe I will not buy a switch now. Can you imagine if this happened to Sony or Microsoft??

I got this with 3 of my xbox controllers within 1 month (i'm now using a cheap ass 3rd party wired one and it works great and was half the price). Only once with my Dual shock.  But yeah my nieces have drift on their switch.



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FragileSurface said:
Hmm...maybe I will not buy a switch now. Can you imagine if this happened to Sony or Microsoft??

RRoD is calling for you.



super_etecoon said:
mZuzek said:

Can we please stop saying this about the Pro Controller? It's been beat to death in this thread that the Pro Controller is this shining beacon of non-drifting bliss... it isn't true. I have one and it drifts. Mostly every Splatoon player or Smash player who uses the Pro has drifting on theirs, too, and there are loads of videos and tutorials around of how to fix it or whatever, just like there are for the Joy-Con. It's a Switch issue, not a Joy-Con one.

man oh man, you’re always so feisty.

I'll take that as a compliment.



Two pairs of mine started to drift, both the left sticks and one right stick. I took them apart, which is quite easy, and replaced them. I took apart the actual stick and honestly these sticks look dirt cheap to manufacture and there's no way to actually fix them because they're meant to scratch on these two black strips inside and they WILL become worn overtime and cause drifting. The cleaning fix is only temporary and the problem will come back. The only solutions are to replace the sticks, send them to Nintendo to get them fixed, or buy a new pair. Luckily the sticks are cheap and can be found on Amazon and eBay.

EDIT: I should clarify that every control stick on any controller is viable to drifting issues but the problem the Joy-Cons are facing is very specific to the way these sticks function and are manufactured. AND if you're experiencing drift I'd suggest doing the cleaning fix because it may very well be just dirt caught up in inside and that's why it's drifting. Try the easiest solution first then try the other solutions if it doesn't work.

Last edited by tsogud - on 18 July 2019

 

Rather than replacing analog sticks or entire joycons, have you tried just cleaning the analog stick with some alcohol and a cotton swab?

It takes about 5-10 minutes.

What some of you guys are doing is akin to replacing your toaster because there are crumbs in it.



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Jumpin said:
The issue is fixable with alcohol, cotton swabs, and about 5-10 minutes of cleaning around the bottom of the analog (particularly under the rubber covering).

Replacing analog sticks for being dirty, or the entire joy-con is like replacing your toaster because there are crumbs in it. A little bit of an extreme fix for something that's just a little dirty. This isn't like the loose-N64 stick situation, dead PS3 controllers, or RROD XB360 issue.

Agreed. If anybody's experiencing this issue, they should start with the easiest solution first. Sometimes it is just dirt. But the manufacturing flaw is still present so that's why you should look into replacing it if cleaning it doesn't work.



 

My launch grey joycons are just fine. Early last year I picked up the neon red/blue pair, and my left one recently began to drift.

My pro controller has no problems.



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tsogud said:
Jumpin said:
The issue is fixable with alcohol, cotton swabs, and about 5-10 minutes of cleaning around the bottom of the analog (particularly under the rubber covering).

Replacing analog sticks for being dirty, or the entire joy-con is like replacing your toaster because there are crumbs in it. A little bit of an extreme fix for something that's just a little dirty. This isn't like the loose-N64 stick situation, dead PS3 controllers, or RROD XB360 issue.

Agreed. If anybody's experiencing this issue, they should start with the easiest solution first. Sometimes it is just dirt. But the manufacturing flaw is still present so that's why you should look into replacing it if cleaning it doesn't work.

For me it DID take some time cleaning it, I had to be fairly thorough: not just 20-30 seconds, but about 5-10 minutes. But I have had no issues since.

There is definitely some kind of flaw, the sticks shouldn't behave this way from dirt. The point I am trying to make is that it's easily fixable for about the equivalent of 0.05 USD.



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mZuzek said:
super_etecoon said:

RROD and Faulty Game Damaging Disk Drives helped the 360 and PS2 numbers respectively.  When people love a product, or a woman, or a movie, or whatever, they accept faults and limitations because their love overrides these obvious negatives.  Every console has had its share of pros and cons...and in this case at least we can just use a Pro Controller rather than purchase a brand new system 3 or 4 times.

Can we please stop saying this about the Pro Controller? It's been beat to death in this thread that the Pro Controller is this shining beacon of non-drifting bliss... it isn't true. I have one and it drifts. Mostly every Splatoon player or Smash player who uses the Pro has drifting on theirs, too, and there are loads of videos and tutorials around of how to fix it or whatever, just like there are for the Joy-Con. It's a Switch issue, not a Joy-Con one.

super_etecoon said:
mZuzek said:

Can we please stop saying this about the Pro Controller? It's been beat to death in this thread that the Pro Controller is this shining beacon of non-drifting bliss... it isn't true. I have one and it drifts. Mostly every Splatoon player or Smash player who uses the Pro has drifting on theirs, too, and there are loads of videos and tutorials around of how to fix it or whatever, just like there are for the Joy-Con. It's a Switch issue, not a Joy-Con one.

man oh man, you’re always so feisty.

no problems at all with my pro controller. Wasnt’t aware there were any. Thanks for the well meaning information.

I mean look at his avatar. I read every one of his posts in Rocket's voice because it just fits so well.

I would say, however, that it isn't a Switch issue so much as it is a Switch control stick issue. Whatever Nintendo did with the control sticks this gen, they need to fix it ASAP. I have this nice Zelda themed third party one that mimics a Gamecube controller and it has no problems, but all my other controllers have drift in both sticks. I've tried some of the easy fixes, but I'm afraid to try the more complex repairs on my own. The videos I've seen make the insides around the stick look very fragile. I might eventually get desperate enough to try though, worst that happens is I break it and need to buy a new one, but since I can't use it anyway as is, no loss there. I'll do it if I ever get enough friends in my area to actually do local multiplayer.

I'd hate to have to do the repair on a Pro controller though, that's an expensive thing to fuck up on. Besides, it's pretty bullshit that we have to resort to these measures anyway. Some people are saying that people with this problem need to just fix the controllers they have, but I've owned consoles since the third gen, and this is the first console from any company that I've had the controllers just break like this (with the exception of the ones I broke when I was pissed...). Bottom line is we shouldn't have to do this. I think it's pretty justifiable to be pissed here. Fiesty, even.



I had this a while ago, replaced a stick with a cheapo one from Amazon or Ebay, they have tiny ribbon cables inside which a heavy hand could damage, but if you know anyone in your family or friends who deals with IT support of laptops or mobile devices ask them to do it for you, will set you back 3-5e rather than 40 for a new JoyCon

Also I will mention that I replaced my left joycon with this amazing one by Hori about a year ago and haven't went back since, it has a lovely big dpad rather than the buttons of the standard Joycon, it doesn't have wireless of any kind though and it has no rumble so if that's a negative for you keep in mind that there's a few limits to this, but they're rather cheap, come in Zelda, Mario and a Pikachu edition, really worth checking out if you want a Joycon with Dpad and they're made by Hori, the company who made the GC SNES controllers as well as many other cool pads over the years.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Official-Nintendo-Licensed-Version-Switch/dp/B07FSWM4Z2/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2NF703R9UNY69&keywords=hori+joycon&qid=1563494856&s=gateway&sprefix=hori+joy%2Cvideogames%2C126&sr=8-1



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