Mere days after the launch of the Nintendo Switch Lite, gamers have discovered that the handheld suffers from its predecessor’s Joy-Con drift issue.
As original Switch owners reported in July, the console-handheld hybrid would detect movement in its joysticks even when they weren’t being touched.
Now, a teardown of the Switch Lite reveals that it experiences the same problems. Users had hoped the Lite might avoid these issues since it’s analogue sticks — which looking identical to those found on the base Switch — featured a different part number.
This issue is made worse on the Switch Lite, however, because of its lack of detachable Joy-Cons. On the base Switch, the issue could be addressed by replacing the Joy-Cons with a new pair. With the Lite, the Joy-Cons are built into the tablet to create a single piece of hardware.
Therefore, fixing the issue would require disassembly of the entire system, which would be more complicated, time-consuming and costly.
As it stands, it’s unclear how widespread the drift issue is with the Switch Lite. Nintendo has yet to publicly comment on the matter, either.
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