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Nintendo Switch Fans Say They're Fixing Joy-Con Drift With Tiny Cardboard

Nintendo Switch Fans Say They're Fixing Joy-Con Drift With Tiny Cardboard

madcaplaughed

Weird article. Had to laugh at this line because it’s doing exactly the same thing > it’s 10 minutes long for something that takes much less time to explain TLDR: the YouTube video explaining it is [here](https://youtu.be/Vid8lIXmZwE) (skip to 6:35), but it probably won’t work unless your joycon is fucked in a particular way.


septicdeath

Facts. Thats like Kotakus whole m.o


UltraJake

I feel bad for some of these sites because they are struggling with revenue but man, others aren't even trying. >Title: X did Y (no context) >Intro: 3 paragraphs of context so you can figure out what the title is even talking about >Body: Embedded reactions from Twitter >Closing: Summary (if they even bother to add one) I'm not a big fan of Kotaku but holy hell can it get a lot worse.


testspecimen85

You forgot all the ads, pop ups, and video players.


AccelHunter

this is how journalism survives, trough clickbait, I had to block tons of sites from my news feed, why? Most of their titles were things like "First look at Modern Zelda", "This is how Deadpool would look in the MCU" Turns out that after a long introduction and explanation, it was mostly fanart, they were making news based on FANART


AcademicSalad763

That's the exact reason I had to block so many sites. I would see "First look at X actor replacing Hugh Jackman as Wolverine revealed" and I would click it to see it was some fan art or CGI mock-up. Started getting on my nerves so I now block every site that misleads like this. Much better now


BaggierBag

I saw that one too, it was Daniel Radcliffe IIRC lol


AcademicSalad763

Yeah, that's exactly who it was lmao


cephal0poid

It's essentially tabloid journalism, no different than People Magazine, US, or those ones at the checkout at grocery stores that say on the cover "New Diet Without Exercise!" and on the same cover "Bake the Best Brownies on Earth!" Same shit . . . Different platform.


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I've seen news made on "there is reddit thread with PEOPLE in it TALKING about THING", then the same article got linked here


pizzamage

Which is actually really cool. Promoting artists renditions of things is actually decent content if titled appropriately. "Check Out This Artists Rendition of an MCU Inspired Deadpool"


idlerspawn

I used to be a daily reader but I've stopped. I noticed the articles getting very peachy, which I was like ok that's fine there is still good reporting elsewhere that isn't a cultural commentary(not that it's bad, just not why I was reading Kotaku) then the interesting articles became less and less. I still type Kotaku into my url sometimes out of habit, but I'm quickly reminded why I don't go there anymore.


MrAbodi

Totally agree, Also the site now has like zero discovery options. Like if I want to try Find something I’m not sure how I’m meant to do that.


The_Multifarious

I'm not gotta mourn if Kotaku bites it. The world could do with less outrage journalism.


MidnightUp

[How about this bizarre article from two days ago.](https://kotaku.com/call-of-duty-director-visiting-europe-shooting-old-gu-1847294759) Like what the fuck is their problem. Do we basically need tabloid level articles in this industry now?


WeedVegeta69

What the fuck is the point of this article even? Just to make fun of some Call of Duty dev?


MidnightUp

Right? Is this were these sites are headed now? Also it should go without saying that they're clearly distorting what he said into something else entirely


gorgewall

I was looking up some ideas for a thing last night and kept getting some gaming-related sites I'd never heard of in the search results, all of which seemed to have different content (albeit in the same vein), but with an *absolutely identical web design*. White background, big lists with the same graphics as the numbered headers, a single picture between each listed item, three "related stories" in a frame on the top right that floated with the scroll. I found three different sites that might as well have been pumped out by a modern Geocities template.


whatnameisnttaken098

Wasn't it Kotaku who had the PS5 review where it spent like 3/4 paragraphs complaining about Trump? Before closing with something like "PS5 it's alright " or something to that effect


p00pl00ps1

I haven't heard of this but even if it wasn't Kotaku i'd love to see it, anyone got a link?


Usern44

[Here it is, back from November](https://kotaku.com/playstation-5-the-kotaku-review-1845588904) Honestly a pretty good review until the “But does it really matter?” header. Not sure why they felt the need to include that section.


MrAbodi

It’s a systemic issue they have.


DarkWasp14

Most of the review was about how no one needs a new console during a pandemic. The entire tone was off. https://kotaku.com/playstation-5-the-kotaku-review-1845588904


Mr_Lafar

See that article is fine to write if they want. Just make it... A second article as an opinion piece. Get it out of the review.


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XxAuthenticxX

“Most of the review” No need to blatantly lie when you include the link. It’s a few paragraphs at the end lol


testspecimen85

The Kotaku of today likes to wedge social commentary into their game and hardware reviews and that’s probably why they’re struggling so hard. Just tell me about your experience with the product. Five years ago, that site was legit the best videogame site around. All of their talented writers and reporters have left. What they have now isn’t even the C-squad.


AcademicSalad763

Gonna be much worse with Patricia Hernandez back as editor in chief. She said she was gonna lead much harder into that


testspecimen85

That’s dark.


AcademicSalad763

Yep, no joke. She flat out says it. [Here's the article](https://kotaku.com/hello-kotaku-its-me-your-new-eic-1847192727) if you want to check it out


ObliqueSpoon

At least they’re still better than polygon


Signal_Detective_846

They also gave The Last of Us Part 2 a bad review because they didn't think a game with darker themes should have been released in this political climate.


Lmaolikeacow

Don’t feel bad they’ve never contributed anything good to society they don’t deserve to exist let alone make any income for their piss poor excuses for gaming journalism.


MrAbodi

Well that not true, they have done some great journalism in the past


BlankCDs

Along with finding Reddit threads and turning them into half-assed articles


TehAlpacalypse

It's not really their fault. It's youtube's for creating an algo that incentivizes doing this. They are just following the money.


CoffinRehersal

If the creators are just doing what nets them the most profit, isn't YouTube doing the same thing? They incentivize videos that advertisers want to advertise on because that's what makes them the most money? Not a defense of YT. I would love to see another service take them down. But it just seems like top to bottom everyone is following the dollar.


MisterCata

It feels like a _huge_ part of the problem is that YT is chasing more and more revenue from fewer and fewer sources. You used to get niche ads from niche companies on niche channels. But these days, the only ads YT really cares about are ones that are safe to run during fucking talk show clips, because they require the least effort-per-ad to set up. The clickthrough is terrible, so per-ad revenue is terrible, which doesn't really matter for MSM channels, since YT revenue is supplementary... but the mainstreaming of YTs ads has meant a revenue crash for smaller channels, which means their jobs are all 'chase the algorithm first, do what you love second'. Yay.


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Pretty much. Just about every YT creator I care about moved to Patreon or similar funding model. It seems like every change they make hits worse and worse the people that make *actual* content.


02337755

It seems to be all journalists nowadays. Juicy headline, 10 paragraphs, ONE sentence refuting their juicy headline.


Recommened

This is off topic but nowadays, they're like top 5 reasons why (something) sucks and top 5 reasons why (same thing) rocks.


MisterCata

Because the ass has fallen out of online ad revenue, and therefore journalist's pay. If you're not in the black from subscribers/patreon, low effort content is the only profitable kind.


Subwayyysurfer

Holy shit i love your profile pic /Psygnosis nerd off


ShadowRam

Wouldn't be a problem if they used Hall effect instead of garbage potentiometers. For the price they are charging for these controllers, its ridiculous that they are not hall effect.


AlliterateBastard

Nintendo probably buys them from someone else. The problem is likely exacerbated by a large difference in the Mohs hardness for the contacts and the pads inside the joystick. There are probably ways to make this more reliable while still using the same basic tech but imo optical encoder would be better. The problem with both Hall sensors and optical encoders would be keeping the low profile. Having a backup set of contacts and pads on the other side would help too.


conquer69

Yeah this upgrades the joycon to the same drift issues that xbox, playstation and the procontroller have which is the potentiometer getting fucked.


TemptedTemplar

> which is the potentiometer getting fucked No, thats the same reason Joycons drift. They just do it more frequently because their conductive pads are on a flimsy ribbon like PCB. https://imgur.com/gallery/58bBc43


McNinjaguy

So if it was a solid silicon board, it would be okay? I'm guessing a bigger board might take up a bit more space but not by much right?


TemptedTemplar

Maybe? Im not a materials engineer but aside from the circular design versus the joycon design; thats the biggest difference when comparing it to a normal analog stick. If the thumbstick truly is "sagging" then the ribbon like material would totally be at fault as it could sag and bend whereas a rigid board would not under the same light amount of pressure.


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It's just cost cutting. There are better materials, they chose to not use it, just bought off the shelf part that was cheap. Hell, you can even get fancy and get magnetic sensor for [$1](https://pl.mouser.com/ProductDetail/?qs=iLbezkQI%252Bsjicw4jKb%2FzQQ%3D%3D) and get friction-less sensor, then it only depends on how good your gears and spring are, and will never drift on its own.


Linkolead

This sounds more like a temporary fix. The real issue with a lot of drifting joycons is that the pads inside the joystick module literally get scrapped off meaning that a proper connection can’t be made . If you increase the pressure on the module it might exacerbate the issue and cause it to wear out faster.


cbfw86

Interesting. So if I did this with a new joycon to stop it happening in future, I'd just be ruining it faster?


Linkolead

It would create more pressure on the contact pad. The action is similar to scrubbing grime off a frying pan where more pressure means you can get caked on residue off easier


potato11teen

I mean, at the cost of no dollars and not shipping it somewhere... He used it for two months and it still worked, that's better than some brand new replacements.


voneahhh

> exacerbate the issue and cause it to wear out faster. If you have the issue it’s not exacerbating it. It’ll eventually drift again, but you’re starting off with an already drifting component.


ImagineBACB

I dont know what happened during the quality control phase of the Switch. I also suffer from wiggly joycons. I had to put some layers of tape on the rail where the joycons slide in. Yeah, it has been fixed, but the fact that I have to jerry rig a 300$ console is just baffling.


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00Koch00

In their defense, Nintendo had (and still has tbh) a very good track with controllers, so it wouldnt be surprising that the 80 dollars of the joycons were actually justifiable. But well, in the end only the pro controller was amazing


ObviousBot_

Nintendo fans are like Apple's but without the quality products.


Throwoutbong

They both make quality products with aggressive shortcomings.


Myrkull

Nintendo used to, I'll give you that. Nothing about the switch hardware speaks quality, (games are another story ofc). From the joy con debacle, docks that scratch screens, and shitty usb C's I've very much lost my respect for their QC


FPGAdood

Nintendo hasn't made quality hardware since GameCube and maybe Wii their software has always been top notch.


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ActivateGuacamole

>like Apple's but without the quality products *types this on my 2017 macbook pro whose keyboard has been replaced 3 times already and the 4th one is already starting to fail again, because they wanted to make it 1 millimeter thinner*


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Cute-Speed5828

Eh. Doesn't excuse nintendo. It is not valve we are talking about. Just because other companies have shitty defenders. Doesn't mean that nintendo doesnt have some of the worst ones. Literally people were talking so much about how infrequent it was in the start and that, " because mine isn't drifting they are super fine". Then it just became general knowledge that they drift, and all these people are just like, eh, it is what is is.. or.. you can buy a DIY fix for 20 usd. Or 60 for an old zelda or limited 30 year mario etc. Is totally cool. But yes all companies have bad people weirdly defending them; as if they think that the company is a homie that will reward them for their faithfulness.


brutinator

tbf, Vavle's hardware is usually pretty decent: I dont know anyone who really complained about the steam controller or steam link or the Index/knuckle controllers. Steam Machines werent even "abandoned". Its still a PC. all they were were licensed prebuilts by a few manufacturers. Im sure they work as good as any other PCs with similar specs, and SteamOS is still being updated as well.


warheat1990

Steam Controller is the worst controller I've ever used, especially the ABXY button is way too far for my thumb and it's so small. My right thumb will get sore after few hours of usage.


ozzAR0th

I feel like the Steam controller did really poorly in part due to its pretty shoddy build quality and QA issues? and the Knuckles controllers are notoriously fragile compared to other VR controllers right? The Index headset is well put together but otherwise Valve does NOT have a good reputation with hardware production.


Piratian

I have both a Steam Controller and the Index controllers. The index controllers don't feel fragile and they're much better than the Vive Pro wands that came with what I got, and the steam controller is solid it just requires a ton of fiddling with settings. It's the best controller you'd ever want for non controller games with it's sheer customizability


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Loud clicky buttons "feel" cheap, even tho they work just fine and are reliable.


MasterSandBoxer

The only good part of the steam controller is the triggers and configuration. The touchpads are subpar for games that work better with a mouse and just awful to games that effectively use joysticks (not many but there are certain games that do) The face buttons are in a god awful location. It's impossible to use them while also using the right touchpad. Not to mention touchpad is general is just urgh in games that don't have a mouse cursor Its usable for mouse and keyboard only games on the couch. But other then that it is a subpar experience to games you can just use a normal controller on


CardioKillsYourGains

How can Valve abandon something they didn't even make or sell?


sesor33

Steam machines weren't official valve hardware though. It was just steamOS on third party Linux boxes. Steam hardware is the Link, Controller, and Index. Link and controller still occasionally get updates, and index is well supported ofc, it's still new.


ObviousBot_

What does this has to do with steamdeck or valve? Steamdeck has been announced like two days ago...


wh03v3r

And we're talking about people defending something shortly after it was announced even though we have no practical experience with it yet...?


NerrionEU

We also have people attacking it despite it having 1 year before release ...


kjBulletkj

And people are going completely crazy. Making fun of the Switch, comparing it with the steam deck, even if they can't even test the steam deck. Reddit is full of steam deck posts. Looking back, no Valve hardware product had a real success. While the ideas were always cool and unique, nobody bought that stuff. Some products were abandoned. So I would be careful with the hype.


THE_HERO_777

The Valve index was a success.


TPRetro

the only failure they really had was the steam controller \-steam link they just turned into software instead \-steam machine wasn't actually developed by valve, only the steamOS was (this might still count though) \-index consistently hits top selling on steam


BearBruin

I'm all for calling out the *Company Here* defense force but what constitutes abandonment here? They weren't selling so they stopped selling them. People are throwing the abandon term around like the Steam Machine was the Stadia. But were people really left with a useless product? I don't think so.


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Yeah, it's a x86 tablet with gamepads attached to it. At worst you can just install windows


LayOffPower

I love how you guys are mocking Nintendo fans, but the first thread in the /r/nintendoswitch sub is literally praising Valve for putting pressure on Nintendo. So maybe not really as fanatic as you guys like to generalize them to be.


daskrip

Nintendo not making quality products? I mean they've only revolutionized gaming hardware time and time again, and are well known for making indestructible products that easily beat Microsoft and Sony in drop tests.


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MrDrumline

How about the 3DS circle pad? It's not quite as good as a real joystick but I had no issues with it after years of owning my 3DS.


Deceptiveideas

They’re not as comfortable to use and bad for any type of real gaming. There’s a reason why Nintendo had them in the Wii U prototype and removed them in favor of real joy sticks.


Novanious90675

Did the vita have the same issue? Because Vitas have been around for much longer, and I have never seen any posts, let alone articles, of models developing stick drift. Nor have I seen ebay entries of models with stick drifts. I'd expect it'd develop faster, since you can't swap out its sticks or use it with any other control method by default, no? Gonna need to cite your sources.


Tributetoflight

https://lmgtfy.app/?q=vita+stick+drift A single search brings up a lot of examples. You probably wouldn't see any reputable seller with a "broken" console because replacing the sticks takes no time at all. The vita is highly modular on the inside. Spare parts are plentiful on AliExpress. It's a great console for repairing.


Novanious90675

Results I'm getting are saying the "stick drift" is usually fixed by wiggling the stick a few times. I don't see how that's comparable to the almost planned obsolescence of the joycon sticks that have to, as in this thread, be opened up because an actual part fails every time. Also using let that Google me for you is straight out of 2010 and not necessary. It's on your head to bring up sources.


SudgeSlug

You can "fix" the drift on the switch with the same method. It doesn't last very long. The only reason it wasn't a big deal on the vita was because barely anyone owned the thing.


Novanious90675

We're in a thread where the solution is sticking cardboard into the joycon, not, in fact, just wiggling the stick a bit. So no, you're wrong there. If you just want a reason to shit on the vita, say as much.


BanjoSpaceMan

Anyone who pretends the joycon little nubs are good in anyway is out of their mind. They're way too small first of all. They fundamentally are fucked from the start.


ReservoirDog316

My hands aren’t even giant but the joycons are seriously made for kids hands. I have no idea how anyone uses them. I can only use the pro controller on the switch.


za4h

I don't think anything happened to quality control. This is the new normal, and it affects all consoles. Expect to replace controllers every 6 months or so. Planned obsolescence used to be less noticeable; now it feels like buying something is a liability that requires constant maintenance. Stock prices must go up!


PlayMp1

>Expect to replace controllers every 6 months or so. What are you people doing to your controllers that requires this? I have a Pro controller that's 3 years old and my primary controller on both PC and Switch and it has no drift.


za4h

They are just made cheaply nowadays. I have controllers I bought 3-10 years ago that work fine. I still use a 360 controller for Steam games. It's the newer controllers that start having all kinds of issues pretty rapidly. I've gone through 3 Xbox One controllers and don't even play that system very much.


PlayMp1

But that's the thing, I'm talking about a newer controller! It's a Switch Pro controller I bought in 2018 or so, maybe late 2017. As far as I know there haven't been design changes to the Pro controller either.


PhenolFight

It's a roll of the dice, the parts that console manufacturers buy for joysticks now are rated for less uses so if your joysticks are only just passing the rated limit then your controller is gonna drift pretty quickly whereas you could get lucky and get ones that flied through that rating and last for years.


THE_FREEDOM_COBRA

I have gone through two controllers in the entire lifespan of the Xbox One, had to retire one because the joystick started drifting, other is in use as my PC controller (I'm a controller elitist) which is used daily. I think the JoyCons are just poorly made.


Dragarius

The drift issue is present on Xbox series controllers, PS5 controllers and joy cons because all the companies get their joysticks from the same manufacturer.


BCProgramming

The "main" stick designs have been pretty much the same going back to the PS1 Dual Analog. Joy con stick is a glorified 2-D turbo slider. The Fix in the OP isn't even a fix, it just forces the metal scrapers down harder against the graphite/carbon pads, which helps when the drift is because of the debris being kicked up but not so much when the drift is caused by the actual wearing away of the pad. And every game console since has had people who both swear by and swear at each manufacturer's controller analog stick. People come out of the woodwork to talk about how they went through a bunch of PS3/XBox 360/Gamecube/etc controllers due to drift but had no problems with one of the other console's controllers as anecdotal evidence that the former they mentioned is shit.


Gneissisnice

I don't believe the Pro controller experiences drift, at least not as far as I've heard. It's the Joy Cons that do.


Kiita-Ninetails

Even that is weird, I have a pair of PS4 controllers with an aggregate of 2000 hours of pretty hard use and the only thing I've replaced is the charging cables because cat aggro. My PS5 one s also holding up well.


za4h

I guess it's somewhat of a lottery. My DS4 and DS3 are still going strong 6 and maybe like 9 years later. I've only ever needed one controller for the PS3 and 4, Xbox, and Xbox 360, but a bunch for the One.


Elogotar

Not only is my original Joycon drifting after a measly 100 hrs of play, but I bought a wired pro controller to avoid dealing with it. That controller had drift within A DAY!! I was flabbergasted. I've got XBox controllers that were used regularly pushing a decade old that have no issues.


PlayMp1

>I bought a wired pro controller to avoid dealing with it. Those are third party, everyone knows cheap third party controllers have QC issues. My Joycons have no drift either but I know they have a design flaw that makes drift inevitable.


Elogotar

So, the only official Nintendo Pro controller is the wireless one? I have a wired Gamecube controller too which Ive used a lot with zero issues. I looked at the back of both and they're both made by PowerA, so I'm really not sure why. Edit: My dumb ass thought that the Metroid motif on it meant it was first party. I was wrong, though I also don't recall any third part logos on the box and feel like that should have been clearly communicated.


PlayMp1

>So, the only official Nintendo Pro controller is the wireless one? That's correct. They don't make any wired controllers.


Madular

I just bought an 8bitdto adapter and use my dualshock on the switch.


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Jakkisle

Watched the video, hoping to find a fix for my left joy con. Saw no difference putting pressure on the shell, still drifted like hell. What the heck, nothing left to lose, slammed the joystick on the table a few times and it completely stopped drifting... Not that I'm encouraging anyone to do the same and I'm not expecting it to be a permanent fix, but thought it was funny.


UseOnlyLurk

DIY replacements are pretty cheap and easy to install. Literally the only “trick” that worked for me.


nerdinator__

I second this. I got 2 replacement sticks for $15 with all the necessary tools included. Quite a simple swap and took less than half an hour. No longer worried about joycon drift due to how simple / cheap the repair was.


emailboxu

it's a nearly 100$ set of controls for a pair of joycons. people should still be worried that such an expensive piece of hardware is even having these issues in the first place and they need to buy $15 worth of parts every year to maintain the thing. compared to other controllers for half the price you can abuse to hell and back and will operate just fine.


nerdinator__

Yes I agree, in no way was I trying to excuse the massive fuck up that is the joycon quality. However, I think a lot of people who are frustrated with drifting joycons would be elated to know they can easily and cheaply fix their controllers themselves. Should anyone have to do that? Of course not. All I said was that I personally am not worried about the issue anymore due to how easily it can be fixed.


Heavy-Wings

Ok so I actually tried this fix last night. My left controller has drifted since 2019 and ive been too lazy and scared to fix it. But I finally bit the bullet. It appears to have worked. It's not drifting anymore. I can finally play handheld again.


PuyoDead

There are three main reasons that cause drift in the JoyCons: (First, look at [this gallery](https://imgur.com/gallery/58bBc43). Make note of the little white plastic rails with the metal contacts on the bottom. Also, the blue "board" with the black conductive pads.) 1. Debris inside the analog housing 2. Small metal contacts not making good contact with the bottom conductive pads 3. Bottom conductive pads are wore down from the metal contacts Issue 1 is simple: clean it. This is the solution you see with WD-40 electrical contact cleaner, or using a can of compressed air under the analog stick. This can be an immediate fix, if that’s the only issue. Issue 2 is where this video comes in. Putting pressure under the analog housing (with small things like folded paper or thin cardboard) pushes up the bottom portion that has the conductive pads so they make better contact with the metal contacts. This can possibly fix the issue, depending on just why it’s making poor contact. **This can also very quickly send you to issue 3**, because it places more wear and tear on the conductive pads. Issue 3 is permanent drift. You can potentially use issue 2’s solution for this, but it’s very much a temporary fix, and will actually make things worse in the long run. This issue will only get worse, and there’s no quick fix. The only real fix for this is to buy new analog housings and replace the whole thing. The takeaway here is this: analog drift isn’t a singular issue, with a quick easy fix. Sometimes it’s something a simple quick blast of canned air will fix, and if it works for you, great! But that doesn’t mean it will work for everyone. Sometimes no easy fix will work, and the whole analog stick component needs replaced. But I want to really emphasize this part: the fix from the video in this article? It can possibly take something like the first easy issue, and send it directly to drift beyond repair. This is NOT a long term safe repair. It’s going to wear your analog out even faster, and will almost certainly cause very bad permanent drift.


Hyabusa1239

I appreciate your concern but I don’t really understand how it’s an issue making it “permanent” if it’s still permanent anyway without the fix (provided the issue is #2 where you would use this fix) At best it fixes it, at worst it makes it permanent and you then can send them into Nintendo for that option that takes ages.


AlliterateBastard

What gets me is that those resistive pads are pretty wide. If the contacts had a bit of a slope to them, the part of the pad experiencing wear would shift over time, extending their life. I also wonder if the issue might be tolerance of the components and their sizes. Adding a mm under the stick can bring the components back into spec, especially after some of the pad was worn away. I wonder if anyone has worn all the way through yet


Onness

I shit you not, it worked, I tried it yesterday since my joycons from 2017 were drifting BAD and were just sitting in a drawer for months. I'm stupidly happy about it but man is this such a screw up, I can't beileve 2 pieces of toilet paper roll actually fixed it. It bulges a little but it doesn't drift anymore!


christopia86

Same. I got 2 bits of card wrapped in electric tape and it fixed it. £6 for a screwdriver set is way better than £35 for a replacement joycon.


KevinHe92

Isn’t anyone pissed that Nintendo still refuse to fix this issue? Like people are willing to accept bootleg repair methods?


YimYimYimi

Potentially kind of off topic, but did they change how the sticks are attached to the PCB? When I went to replace my GF's sticks they were soldered in. These look like they're just connected with a little cable, making replacement *much* easier. Edit: I may be misremembering and confusing it with some other analog stick.


TemptedTemplar

I dont know what model you bought, but theyve only ever been connected via a ribbon cable. Maybe you didnt see the screws under the other ribbon cables? Here is a launch-day system being dissected. https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Nintendo+Switch+Teardown/78263


YimYimYimi

O.o maybe I'm just imagining it and mixing it up with something else. Anyway, they look incredibly easy to replace. They're only like $10. Not wanting to solder I get, but *anybody* can do this.


TemptedTemplar

Anybody with a tiny enough screwdriver set. Those suckers are **small**.


Wetzilla

Every replacement stick I've bought has come with a tiny screwdriver, since they need a tri wing screwdriver that most people don't have.


tcata

Most controller analogue sticks are soldered in. In the case of the pro controller and dualsense, there happens to be a lot more contact points over a small area as well. Pro controllers also get drift easily IME so you may have been looking at that.


smwrites

when i replaced my joycon's drifting stick (bought in 2018, iirc?) it was held on with screws and the cables were held in with locking clips.


ketchup92

My OG switch has them loosely fixed, just screws and ribbon cable.


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Kemuel

WD-40 circuitboard cleaner (NOT THE LUBRICANT!!) sprayed under the little rubber collar at the base of the sticks fixed all my joycon problems, so I'm surprised more people don't seem to be aware of it. My launch joycons have suffered drift twice since I got them, and both times a little spray of the cleaner was enough to sort it out.


Wetzilla

Contact cleaner is a hit or miss solution. For my right joycon it's made the drift go away for a few months, but it's returned three times now and each time it's come back a little more quickly. For my left joycon it barely worked, the drift was reduced but still there even after multiple rounds of cleaning. Had to just replace the stick.


ShimmyZmizz

Same here, worked like a charm twice, first time it stopped the drift for about a year.


rocketnaut

Its honestly not too difficult or expensive to replace the sticks yourself. I replaced the left stick on my switch lite and the one on my joycon, came out to $10 not including the security screws.


Super_Stupid

Did that as well and then itstarting drifting again not long after.


Imatomat

I don't know about anybody else but i've been using the same pair of joy-cons for like 3 years now and they drifted for a while but they just kinda stopped and fixed themselves. I think i wore them out so much that they stopped drifting or what. I've put probably 1000+ hours into them.


Hyroero

Somehow I've lucked out. Had my joycons since launch and one started drifting a few months ago and I sprayed some contact cleaner in and around the analog stick and it's been fine since. Xbox elite controllers though. My word, I've owned two the original and newer elite and both have been returned multiple times for analog stick drift, rumble dying, phantom inputs. You name it and they've suffered it.


VeryBottist

holy shit, i didnt open my joycon for the fix but i did the pressure thing from the video and it fixed them (temporarily). might actually work


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misterwuggle69sofine

where you getting replacement sticks for under a dollar? not saying you can't, just legitimately asking.


Octavarium-8

I’d like to know aswell


markandspark

Definitely more than zero technical skill required


Leeemon

damn, that sounds so easy! nintendo should be doing that in the production line!!


mcmanybucks

The same as the playstation 3 controller then, there were problems with misfire of the analog sticks but I fixed it by putting a few layers of paper in between the connections


NehpetsDoom

I'm a 4th year switch adopter and all over done is replace the joy sticks and the little clasp that keeps the controller docked. Both fixes took like 30m at most. Is there some other problem this is talking about?


NoProblemsHere

No, but replacing those over and over again gets old. This fix is just promising to be more permanent, but we have yet to see if that's true.


smwrites

i bought a kit off amazon that let me replace the drifting stick on one of my joycons. probably took me 30 mins to swap the broken stick out with a new one, and cost me $10 for the kit.


Delta8ttt8

Aliexpress will get you a replacement to your door for $3.00 USD roughly.


politirob

Nintendo executives: "Looks like the plebes have settled for a homebrew workaround. Looks like we're off the hook, boys!"


rhatt1977

I thought people were using this fix since the drift first appeared around 4 years ago. Why is it news again?


CloudyRanger

This reminds me of when I bought guitar hero live and had to stuff a penny underneath a key for it to register.


Delta8ttt8

De-ox it spray and canned air. It works. Lift the little flap and spritz some in and work it around a for a while. Use air and a rag to wipe up the mess you make. Perform a calibration. It’ll be perfect or darn close that you won’t care anymore.


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It'll continue to degrade until its unfixable


Tangocan

Fixes things for about a week in my experience.