Nintendo says it has improved the reliability of its Joy-Con controllers since its release in 2017, and says that Joy-Cons now available for purchase with consoles are more durable than before. At the same time, the manufacturer says that wear is “inevitable” on the control arms.
Nintendo Chief Technology Officer Ko Shiota and Vice President Toru Yamashita Say that the Joy-Cons have been “ongoing” improved since its launch and improvements are still in progress. In addition, the company says it is examining customer consoles to see how the wear resistance and durability of the consoles can be improved.
“Once we confirmed the effects of our improvements through testing, they were quickly carried over to our Joy-Con controllers,” Yamashita says. This concerns consoles that the manufacturer sells for itself, as well as the controllers that come with the consoles. “These are internal components to the Joy-Con, so you can’t tell from the outside what improvements there are.” Yamashita also says that when repairing control units, new parts are used.
Joy-Con drift is not mentioned in the post. Joy-Con drift is a name stick drift In control levers, where the console registers the input without the user touching the console. This allows characters to move around in games, for example, without the player wanting to. While Nintendo strongly hints that this should improve with new consoles, the company also says that wear and tear is “inevitable.”
“Just like car tires wear out when the car is moving,” says Shiota. Since control arms need physical contact with other parts, wear and tear can never be avoided. He reiterates, however, that there is ongoing research on how to reduce this erosion.
in a July referred to Nintendo That “the composition and functions of the Joy-Cons are the same”. A Thursday post on Nintendo’s website explains this. “We said the specs haven’t changed meaning we haven’t added any new buttons. But the analog sticks in the Nintendo Switch OLED edition controllers are the latest version with all the reliability improvements. Just like the controllers on all other Nintendo Switch models,” says Yamashita.
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