Any user of the current Nintendo Switch (of any models) knows that one of the most annoying and recurring problems is known as driftage on your joysticks, a problem that consists of the mechanism that breaks down over time and the joysticks start to deviate even if you don’t touch them. It knows, it seems Nintendo they put in batteries since they have proprietary a new one magnetic system for joysticks on their consoles, something we’ll probably see in the next version we know right now Transfer 2.
In fact, the driftage This is a problem that affects almost any type of controller, whether it is a PC or any console. Since the joysticks have a mechanical mechanism, there is friction and friction must mean wear, so eventually they all fail over time, without exception.
Goodbye to driftage on the Switch 2 joysticks
Users who regularly use the Nintendo Switch certainly know this problem, and that is why it is common to have to send the Joy-cons for repair, process their warranty or even have to change them because they stopped work properly. Nintendo has always been aware of this problem and, until now, nothing has been done to fix it, although it is good that it will change when the company launches the next portable console…
For this reason that we just told you, the magnetic system can be a definite solution to the problem of driftagebecause, as happens with magnetic levitation fans, wear is completely avoided because there is no physical contact and therefore no friction.
Recently, Nintendo filed several new patents, one of which includes a joystick that uses a magnetic system to register movement (well, actually the patent even talks about a fluid , but if it is something that is not waterproof like the oil in the shock absorbers of a car or motorcycle, the friction and wear can also be reduced). The exact technical details are still not very clear, but some media have already defined this system as “Hall Effect”, or Hall effect.
To explain it in a simple way, we will tell you that a Hall effect joystick uses magnetic fields to detect movement without any physical contact, and in short what happens is we explained to you before: without physical contact There is no friction. and therefore no wear. Of course, we must remember that at the moment there is no original console controller that implements this technology and, therefore, we cannot know if it is something that works well to avoid drifting
One thing that seems very clear is that despite the patent, Nintendo will not launch a new version of the Joy-con with this technology, at least not for the current Switch console. This is something that will obviously be saved for the next Super Switch, Switch 2 or whatever they call it, because it really is a noticeable attraction to encourage its purchase.