One of the Nintendo Switch’s persistent problems is Joy-Con drift, a phenomenon where players observe false inputs when not touching the joysticks on controllers.
Nintendo has been relatively quiet on the subject for years, and the company has refused to say whether the new Switch OLED will solve the problem. But now, the company is breaking its silence by suggesting Joy-Con drift may never be completely fixed.
In a new question and answer session on the development of the Nintendo Switch OLED, the company reveals that it has constantly been making improvements to the Joy-Con to try and make them more reliable. As a result, the joysticks that come with the 2019 Switch Lite are not the same as those on the original 2017 Switch and are continually refined.
But Ko Shiota, a Nintendo executive who also serves as the GM of Nintendo’s technology development division, basically says the Joy-Con will always wear out over time.
” Yes, like car tires, as they are in constant friction with the ground to rotate. So, with the same premise, we wondered how we can improve durability, and not only that but how both operability and performance coexist duration? It’s something we face all the time. “
The joysticks included with the OLED model ” are the latest version with all the improvements, ” as are the joysticks that come with the basic Nintendo Switch, Switch Lite, Joy-Con controller, and Pro Controller, the company says. ” The analog stick parts have been continuously improved since launch, and we are still working on improvements, ” says Deputy General Manager Toru Yamashita.