The Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con drift problem, explained

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Nintendo Switch owners have been experiencing problems with the console’s removable Joy-Con controllers for months, with users reporting weird joystick drifting problems that cause false inputs and have been steadily growing over time as original Switch machines grow older.

A recent report by Kotaku shined a light on the Joy-Con drift issue, and we’re now hearing Nintendo will repair it for free — but if you’re looking for more information on the problem, here’s the current situation.

What is “Joy-Con drift”?

Joy-Con drift is an issue that Switch owners have been encountering over the last few months that causes the analog sticks on the controllers to randomly move around and input commands to the console, even when they’re not being…

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