The Nintendo Switch Lite was released earlier this week offering a cheaper alternative to the original console, but it is already running into some problems. There have been several reports of people’s Joy-Cons starting to drift and seeing as the console has been out less than a week this is very concerning.
What is Joy-Con Drift?
Joy-Con drift is where the controller registers movement from the joystick without it being touched. This can be extremely detrimental to your gameplay as it will cause your characters to start moving around by themselves. The cause of this is that the pin which connects the joystick to the motherboard slowly wears away, causing discrepancies in the input.
Nintendo is aware of this issue and they have been repairing models experiencing this issue for free even if it is outside of warranty. It does beg the question however why are they releasing products that they know have a fault? Although this issue isn’t happening to every Switch Lite model they have only been in the public’s hands for a few weeks, it is therefore likely that issue will increase over time as more of the consoles become worn. What makes Joy-Con drift a major problem for the Switch Lite is that the joy-cons are not detachable, unlike its predecessor. This means that if one of your Joy-Cons starts to drift then you will have to get the whole unit repaired, as opposed to just swapping out the faulty Joy-Con.
How To Identify Joy-Con Drift
There are a couple of ways you can identify if your console is suffering from Joy-Con drift. The first is that you may notice your characters are moving without being told to in-game or the camera slowly starts panning. Although these may be quite subtle to start with it will increase over time to become more noticeable. You can see the effects of this in Alexis Javier’s video below.
The second method you can use to identify if you have Joy-Con drift is to use the control stick calibration. Once you reach the calibration page you will notice that the purple circle will slowly start to move by itself in one direction. If this happens then it is more than likely that you have a defective Joy-Con.
What if you Already own a Nintendo Switch Lite?
If you already own a Nintendo Switch Lite and you encounter Joy-Con drift then you have a couple of options. The first of which is to use your warranty and send your Switch back to Nintendo to get repaired. It is possible to repair it yourself but this is a very complex process. To prevent further damage being done to your console it is recommended that you avoid doing this.
Before you contact Nintendo it is worth trying to recalibrate your Nintendo Switch. To do this you need to go to ‘System Settings’ and then click on ‘Controllers and Sensors’. From here scroll down to ‘Update Controllers’ and once it has finished you can click on ‘recalibrate your controllers’. Your console will then ask you to perform certain actions with the joysticks. This should resolve any underlying issues it may have been having. If this still does not solve the problem then you will need to get in contact with Nintendo.
Still Looking to buy a Nintendo Switch?
If you are looking to purchase a Nintendo Switch then it is probably worth avoiding buying the Lite until Nintendo rolls out a permanent fix for this recurring problem. If you really want to buy a Switch then consider buying the original console. It’s not even that much more expensive than the Lite if you use one of these Zavvi voucher codes. Although it is slightly more expensive, it offers more features and its detachable Joy-Cons means that it will be much easier to repair if it does start to drift. If you would like to know more about the key differences in the consoles then you can look at the image below or read the full article here.