If you are one of Thousands of gamers are plagued by Joy-Con operation ̵
It has been four years since Switch was first released, and even devices purchased in the last year have begun to develop the problem known as Joy-Con operation. It’s uncertain why Nintendo has not identified the source of the problem and fixed the hardware permanently (many who have sent Joy-Cons to Nintendo for repair, report the driving issue coming back months later), but the company is now faces several class actions worldwide as a result of the persistent problem.
There are several theories as to why Joy-Con operation occurs, but the most common is that dust and dirt can few into the joystick mechanism, build up, and prevent small metal contacts from touching graphite pads that detect the movements of the analog stick. Opening the Joy-Cons and cleaning these connectors relieves operation, and so does only bursting of compressed air in the controller, but the solutions are usually only temporary, and most of the time Joy-Con operation returns.
That’s what ‘Victorstk’ is all about YouTube channel ‘VK’s Channel’ found, so they decided to dig deeper and watch endless videos of both Joy-Con repairs and cleanings, but also videos of joysticks used on other devices like the portable PSP and PS Vita being repaired. They finally solved a second problem that was responsible for Joy-Con operation: over time, the metal clamps that hold all the joystick components together loosen, creating a gap between the mentioned metal contacts and the graphite pads, reducing the contact and resulting in irregular behavior.
By simply squeezing the center of the Joy-Con, which applied pressure and compressed the joystick components to ensure solid contact again between the parts inside, the drive problem miraculously disappeared. As a more permanent solution, Victorstk simply inserted a thin piece of paper—about a millimeter thick—inside Joy-Con. The paper compresses all the components of the joystick again. Surprisingly, two months later, a Joy-Con that consistently showed drive problems has worked perfectly, Sier Victorstk.
Is this a solution that will work for everyone? It is hard to say. If a smooth structure of dust and dirt on the connectors inside the Joy-Con is the cause of the problem, no extra pressure will keep the particles out. But it seems like Victorstk is on to something, and if more Switch users find this simple trick remedy Joy-Con-driving problems, then we finally have a permanent solution that can be trivial for Nintendo to implement on future hardware.