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Will The Nintendo Switch OLED Fix The Joy-Con Drift Problem?

What is the one feature most people wanted to see in a Nintendo Switch Pro? An upgraded 4K output resolution. Unfortunately, it looks like that's not happening anytime soon. While credible reports hinted at a 4K resolution for the Nintendo Switch Pro, those hopes were dashed when fans got an official look at the underwhelming new Nintendo Switch console.


Better visuals aside, perhaps the enhanced model (dubbed the Switch OLED) will address other issues, such as the pesky Joy-Con problems Switch owners have faced since it launched. Even though Nintendo handled the situation by offering free repairs (and even refunds on previous repair expenses), it didn't stop the lawsuits from piling up.

So with 4K resolution out of the picture, will Nintendo at least fix Joy-Con drift? This seems like the perfect opportunity to address such a pressing issue. Considering it was the second-most desired feature in a new model, updated Joy-Cons could be enough to encourage consumers to upgrade.

Joyless news about the new Nintendo Switch

You may just want to hold off before making the jump to the Nintendo Switch OLED; on the UK website for the new model, there's a FAQ toward the bottom. One of the questions asks if the original Joy-Cons will work on the new Switch. Not only are they compatible, but they are the exact same controllers that came with the first model. What's even more strange is that this same information is not present on the American FAQ page for the Switch. Could Nintendo of America have anticipated that US consumers would not be pleased?


If you already have a Switch, it might be wise to wait and see what's next on the Nintendo conveyer belt. It's unlikely that fans will see any improved Joy-Cons until a new iteration of the hybrid console is released. Even then, Joy-Con drift might be a factor that Nintendo enthusiasts will have to live with for quite a while.