In a lengthy multi-page interview featuring the developers of the Nintendo Switch, they suggested that the infamous Joy-Con drift may never be fixed and that it is the same as when “car tires wear out as the car moves”. However, they said that they are “continuously tackling it”.
In the interview, Ko Shiota—the General Manager of Nintendo’s Technology Development Division, and Toru Yamashita—Deputy General Manager of the same department said that the new OLED Model of the Nintendo Switch had “visible” and “invisible” improvements. They included a better battery life and improvements made to the System on a Chip. However, they suggested that something like the Joy-Con drift is “unavoidable”.
“…For example car tires wear out as the car moves, as they are in constant friction with the ground to rotate. So with that same premise, we asked ourselves how we can improve durability, and not only that, but how can both operability and durability coexist? It’s something we are continuously tackling,” said Shiota.
If you aren’t familiar with the Joy-Con drift, it is when the analog sticks on the Joy-Con controllers randomly move around and input commands to the console, even when they’re not being physically moved. Nintendo has previously apologised for it, but the company hasn’t said anything about if they have fixed the issue on the new OLED-equipped Nintendo Switch.
As for the new Joy-Cons on the OLED model, they are described as “the latest version with all the improvements”. When you get your Joy-Cons repaired (which is something that you would probably need to do at some point apparently), Yamashita says that Nintendo will use the latest versions of the analog stick parts for the repairs. But this would only be offered in selected countries—there are no official notices from Nintendo with regards to repairing drift issues in Malaysia. You can, however, fix the drift yourself with this helpful tutorial made by SoyaCincau BM.
The Nintendo Switch OLED will be made available in Malaysia on 8 October. These consoles are distributed by Maxsoft, the Singaporean company who act as Nintendo’s official distributor and representative in Southeast Asia. The Switch OLED will come with a retail price of RM1,699.
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