A solution to Joy-Con drift finally exists, but not thanks to Nintendo

An independent equipment manufacturer may well have found a definitive solution to the problem of drift observed for years on the Joy-Con. How ? Using technology exploited by Sega in the 90s.

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con
Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers // Source: Sara Kurfeß on Unsplash

Launched in 2017, the nintendo-switch suffers since its beginnings from particularly capricious joysticks, tending to cause false interactions in game even when not touched. Nicknamed “Joy-Con Drift», this hardware problem has never really been the subject of serious corrections on the part of Nintendo. In 2021, with the launch of its Switch OLED, the Japanese manufacturer slightly improved the reliability of the joysticks of its portable console… but without completely solving the problem.

It is therefore in this context that Gulikit kicks off the marketing of ses Hall Joystick for Joy-Con. These replacement joysticks make it possible to definitively correct the problem of drift thanks to a technology used by Sega in the 90s for its Saturn 3D and Dreamcast joysticks.

A magnet system as old as the world (or almost)

As pointed out The Verge (from an article published a few months ago by iFixit), the type of joystick marketed by Gulikit uses magnet sensors to detect the movement of the joystick. Clearly, the components do not rub against each other, which prevents mechanical wear of the sensors used by default on the Joy-Con. The latter indeed use potentiometers, known to deteriorate with time and use.

Source: GuliKit

Still, the solution proposed by Gulikit is not perfect. Not only does it involve dismantling the Joy-Con to manually replace the joysticks (some users might not want to risk it), but it also voids the warranty if the operation is done on recently purchased Joy-Cons . Finally, note that some users who have made the change report that the Gulikit sticks leave a small gap between their base and the ring which is supposed to prevent dust and small dirt from entering the Switch. A point to consider.

Gulikit’s Hall Joystick for Joy-Con are whatever it is available in France on Amazonfrom 31.70 euros per pair.

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