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Switch Lite added to controller drift class action

Some Switch Lite users have reported controller drift issues. (Source: Notebookcheck)
Some Switch Lite users have reported controller drift issues. (Source: Notebookcheck)
The Nintendo Switch Lite may be new, but it appears that it too may suffer from the controller drift issue that has plagued some users of the original Switch design. Despite seemingly having a different controller mechanism, some users have reported seeing the in app camera moving despite the controllers remaining untouched.
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Although the Nintendo Switch has been a runaway success for the company, some users have been reporting issues with its Joy-Cons for a while. So much so, in fact, that a class action lawsuit has been launched in the US accusing the company of various charges including knowingly selling a faulty product. Since the initiation of the lawsuit, Nintendo stopped charging customers for Joy-Con repairs, but it remains an ongoing issue that doesn’t look like it is going away even with the launch of the new Switch Lite.

Initial teardowns of the Switch Lite suggested that Nintendo had adopted a different design approach to its controllers which gave users hope that the new console wouldn’t also suffer the issue. However, although on sale for just a couple of weeks, some users have started reporting the same drifting issues that result in controller-like inputs even though the controllers are untouched by the user. It does beg the question whether it is entirely hardware related or a software bug, however there have been no suggestions to date this is what might have been causing the issue.

While regular Switch users have been able to detach the Joy-Cons while retaining their consoles during repairs, Switch Lite users won’t have the same such luck. With the completely self-contained design of the Switch Lite, the controllers are built directly into the console itself. Even if the problem can seemingly be fixed with a hardware replacement or repair, Switch Lite users are going to have to live without their device while it goes in for repairs. Let’s hope it is not a widespread issue, however, as we enjoyed using it during our recent hands-on with the Switch Lite.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1293 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-09-30 (Update: 2019-09-30)