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Do your Joycon drift?

Yes 41 63.08%
 
No 24 36.92%
 
Total:65

I'm not feisty about the controllers, though - I'm just feisty over there being many people here thinking the Pro controller is safe from the issue, because it will come back to bite them. The Pro controller has drifting too, not as bad as the Joy-Con but it does, and it's better to prevent it or be ready for when it happens than to just assume it won't, because it will.

By the way, when I tried opening up mine last night, I got stuck on this one screw that just wouldn't come out - it was the very last one, too. It sucked. That's the full story.



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mZuzek said:
I'm not feisty about the controllers, though - I'm just feisty over there being many people here thinking the Pro controller is safe from the issue, because it will come back to bite them. The Pro controller has drifting too, not as bad as the Joy-Con but it does, and it's better to prevent it or be ready for when it happens than to just assume it won't, because it will.

By the way, when I tried opening up mine last night, I got stuck on this one screw that just wouldn't come out - it was the very last one, too. It sucked. That's the full story.

I'm glad I decided not to get a Pro controller for this very reason then.



Jumpin said:
tsogud said:

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.

Yeah I understand and I totally agree, it is easily fixable if your problem is just dirt. The underlying issue is how the Joy-Cons function and manufactured. There's a mechanical flaw that every Joy-Con stick has and until Nintendo fixes it with a different stick configuration there will be no end to this issue.

Depending on your hours of play, how aggressive you are with the sticks and whether or not you even use the sticks often in games and other factors all determine whether or not you're going to have the issue and how bad the issue will be for you. Some people might not have it simply because they don't really play that often or they're gentle with it, but the flaw is still there for every Joy-Con and overtime it will become apparent.



 

Jumpin said:

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.

Tried it earlier today and the drift got better. I'll be doing it again to see if it stops fully.



BTW does anyone know what are the chances of the Switch Lite having this drift issue?



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Ok...I almost want to make a thread, but I'll leave it here for now:

Who has drift in their Pro Controller here?



jason1637 said:
BTW does anyone know what are the chances of the Switch Lite having this drift issue?

I haven't heard anything from Nintendo addressing this issue, nor anything that would suggest the Lite has changes to the control sticks, so until I see proof otherwise that the issue has been fixed, I'm assuming the chances are 100%. I wouldn't chance it if I were you. Taking apart a controller isn't a big deal. Taking apart a console is harder, and Nintendo's policy on console repairs are that they never repair for free if you tampered with it, or at least such has been my experience, so if you mess it up, it'll cost you to send in to Nintendo for repair.



super_etecoon said:
Ok...I almost want to make a thread, but I'll leave it here for now:

Who has drift in their Pro Controller here?

Me!

Well, you knew that. I suppose not many more will, but also because it's a more subtle issue. Mine took somewhere between 9-12 months to start showing it, and even now it's still temporarily fixed by blowing into the stick's sides - and that's coming from someone who used the controller quite heavily on the Switch and also on PC, and has around ~1000 hours on Splatoon and Smash combined (probably more when factoring in playing Smash at other people's consoles). I don't think I'll ever be able to open it because of that one screw, so I do hope the alcohol solutions work for me.



I have had it happen to both my right and left Joycon within the past few months. Never happened before then however, and for me recalibrating fixed the issue in both cases.

It definitely seems like more of a wide spread case and hopefully they not only fix the issue for Joycons noving forward, but also have already resolved this for the Lite.

That being said, this kind of thing happens to ALL controllers so I find it funny how quick people are to single out Nintendo.  One of my X1 controllers just had the same issue not that long ago, but it could not be fixed by recalibrating and I had to replace it.



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Shiken said:

I have had it happen to both my right and left Joycon within the past few months. Never happened before then however, and for me recalibrating fixed the issue in both cases.

It definitely seems like more of a wide spread case and hopefully they not only fix the issue for Joycons noving forward, but also have already resolved this for the Lite.

That being said, this kind of thing happens to ALL controllers so I find it funny how quick people are to single out Nintendo.  One of my X1 controllers just had the same issue not that long ago, but it could not be fixed by recalibrating and I had to replace it.

I've owned every Nintendo console except the Virtual Boy. I've never had a problem with a controller from normal wear and tear before with them. I've never seen this on a Sony console either, though I don't own a PS4. Can't say much about Microsoft consoles, as I lived with a guy with a 360 back in college and never had issues with his controllers but that's about it for my Microsoft experience. I'm not saying it's a Nintendo problem, I'm saying it's a control stick problem unique to the Switch. I've never seen anything like it. Any other controller I've had or a friend has had that had this problem could be fixed by turning the console off and on again or otherwise recalibrating the controller. All my controllers that I didn't personally break in frustration work, all the way back to the NES.

And while I'm sure your XBO controller did indeed have a similar issue, and I'm sure the occasional controller for other consoles have too, the fact of the matter is that this is a wide scale thing for the Switch, on par with the RROD for the 360, but less devastating. Nintendo really should address it. I love them, but they're being cowards here. I should not have to fix my own controller from normal wear and tear just 6 months into using it. That's a decade plus kind of problem, not something that most people should run into within the normal lifespan of a console.