Biggest flaw in the console: Joycon Drift? Page 2

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  • DJCopa 21 Nov 2018 15:27:47 2,133 posts
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    @UncleLou Yes please.
  • UncleLou Moderator 21 Nov 2018 15:36:00 40,158 posts
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    Think it was this one:

    You can wipe with pure alcohol under the "flap", and/or try to clean under there with compressed air.

  • Armoured_Bear 21 Nov 2018 15:38:54 28,355 posts
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    Rogueywon wrote:
    The ergonomics of Nintendo controllers have always been pretty awful .
    Wavebird says STFU.
  • DJCopa 21 Nov 2018 15:43:11 2,133 posts
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    @UncleLou Cheers - Easier than I imagined, which is good :)
  • Frogofdoom 21 Nov 2018 15:55:52 15,779 posts
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    AHH the wavebird, the highlight of overrated controllers that Nintendo fans insist is the greatest thing ever. The second stick was shite.
  • Duffking 21 Nov 2018 16:08:25 16,523 posts
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    @DJCopa electric contact cleaner works best in my experience
  • DJCopa 21 Nov 2018 16:25:24 2,133 posts
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    @Duffking Nice one - Thanks!
  • Fake_Blood 21 Nov 2018 16:27:35 10,079 posts
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    Nobody likes a dirty flap.
  • Cappy 21 Nov 2018 17:10:16 14,177 posts
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    Rogueywon wrote:
    The ergonomics of Nintendo controllers have always been pretty awful (though the current-gen Pro controller is mostly-ok). I think the worst was the Wii-U gamepad. For most of the Wii-U's lifespan, I never really sat down and played anything on it for long sessions. That changed with Xenoblade Chronicles X. After a Saturday spent playing that pretty heavily, I ended up with my hand so sore that it was tough to write or type for the next few days. A combination of the weight of the gamepad and how it distributed that weight across your hands made it an ergonomic nightmare.

    The Switch is pretty bad in handheld mode, though not as bad as the Wii-U gamepad was (and the joycons are awful). There is a reason why most modern controllers have "wings" on the side that you grip your hands around. They're there to prevent you from cramping your hands into positions that can cause serious discomfort.

    Handhelds have long struggled with this issue, as size is obviously a key issue for them and they don't really want bulky plastic "wings". Of the handhelds I've used, the Vita was the least-bad, as its grip positions encouraged you to grip it with your whole hand, rather than just the fingertips.
    The original soap bar Wii classic controller is a definite contender, I hate them, but do I hate them enough to pay over the odds to get a pro to replace them for a console like the Wii with so little content I'd be interested in?
  • GrandpaUlrira 22 Nov 2018 19:12:05 3,828 posts
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    @DangerousDave_87 Got you. I'm lucky enough not to have experienced that yet.
  • garsync 25 Nov 2018 20:46:23 183 posts
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    Have 6 controllers over two consoles in our house and two left hand joycons have the drift. Isn't corrected with calibration. Air blast seems to improve for a while but not a perm fix.
  • Ienjoysquid 1 Dec 2018 18:10:18 352 posts
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    Sent my left joycon back to Nintendo under warranty 7 months ago for this issue. 7 months on the replacement is doing exactly the same thing again.

    I think they just aren't very robust, or maybe I have epic thumb power.
  • Frogofdoom 1 Dec 2018 22:15:46 15,779 posts
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    Pretty sure it's poor design/quality as the problem is widespread.
  • fontgeeksogood 1 Dec 2018 22:46:51 8,921 posts
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    Are you keeping it in a sexy leather purse
  • THFourteen 1 Dec 2018 23:29:50 53,174 posts
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    fontgeeksogood wrote:
    Are you keeping it in a sexy leather purse
    Is he a director?
  • Iwasexclusive 17 Mar 2020 14:12:05 91 posts
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    I've finally got around to playing my 18 month old Switch and sods law has it that the left joy-con has a mind/AI of its own. It appears to send commands to the console without physically moving the stick: on the Switch home screen, the cursor automatically moves down the options.

    Do I need to send it to Nintendo? Really don't fancy spending 40/50 on another pair.

    Edited by Iwasexclusive at 14:12:47 17-03-2020
  • Tricky 17 Mar 2020 15:02:38 4,935 posts
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    @Iwasexclusive Push the stick to one side and lift up the rubber bit at the bottom then squirt some contact cleaner in there. Rotate the stick a couple of times and that should do it.
  • Ienjoysquid 25 Mar 2020 12:38:40 352 posts
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    Every Switch controller I have owned has started drifting including the pro controller.I have sent some back to Nintendo and the replacements have developed exactly the same fault. As some people don't get it at all, and some people get it constantly I have a theory that it has something to do with environmental factors (humidity, dust?) and / or how oily your skin is.

    Spraying contact cleaner in does work, but be careful and use it sparingly. It fixed my right controller's drift but rendered the home and reset buttons completely non-functional.

    They slowly came back to an extent but it doesn't look like they will ever work properly again. Worse than that, it has made the joycons physical connection to the Switch very iffy. If it moves at all in gameplay the Switch thinks it has been disconnected. It was fine before the contact cleaner. But then, the drift rendered it useless.
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