Nintendo released a new developer interview on their official website, the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) released today. In the interview, Nintendo’s deputy general manager Toru Yamashita mentioned that they have been paying attention to Joy-Cons and “repeatedly improving wear resistance and durability”, and that “a lot of consideration has been taken to improve them. In addition, we have improved reliability. The test itself, we continue to make changes to improve durability and pass this new test.” So hopefully this means the end of the infamous Joy-Con drift.
Another main feature of Nintendo Switch is the Joy-Con controller. A large part of the user experience comes from Joy-Con, but is there any improvement?
Yamashita: The Joy-Con controller has many different functions, so we have been continuing to make improvements that may not always be visible. Among them, the analog joystick component has been continuously improved since its launch, and we are still working hard to improve it.
The first released analog joystick passed Nintendo’s reliability test by rotating the joystick while continuously applying a load to it, and its standard is the same as that of the Wii U GamePad analog joystick.
Since we have been working hard to improve, we investigated the Joy-Con controllers used by customers and repeatedly improved the wear resistance and durability.
The components of Joy-Con analog joystick are not off-the-shelf, but specially designed, so we have gone through a lot of consideration to improve them. In addition, we improved the reliability test itself, and we continue to make changes to improve durability and clear this new test.
When our improvements were confirmed, we immediately integrated them into the Joy-Con controller that came with the game console, Nintendo Switch Lite, and the separately sold controller produced at that time. This involves the internal components of the Joy-Con, so you cannot see the improvement from the outside, but we use the new version of the parts for repairs. In addition, the Nintendo Switch Pro controller has undergone similar continuous improvements.