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The Reason Behind Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con Drift

If you own a Nintendo Switch, chances are you have experienced the "Joy-Con drift" which is when the sticks on the controllers make inputs onto the console even when they have not been touched. This sensitivity of the sticks has drawn the ire of many Switch owners. But what's really going on?

There are two potential causes for drift: some users blame the issue on either dust or debris making their way into the controller underneath a rubber cap that’s designed to keep the interior clean. Others have completely disassembled the controller and found worn-down contacts, which might be causing the issue due to repetitive use.
It’s also possible that neither of those theories is correct or that it’s a combination of factors that causes stick drift over time. Without Nintendo clarifying the situation, it’s tough to tell exactly what’s wrong.

There are several ways to address this issue and perhaps the best would be to have the Switch repaired by an authorized Nintendo technician if the Switch has already passed its warranty date. However, some have tried DIY fixes like using compressed air or isopropyl alcohol with varying results.

(Image credit: Aleks Dorohovich/Unsplash)


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