After years of annoying Pleasure-Con drift points plaguing Nintendo Swap consoles, there might lastly be a everlasting repair.
What’s Pleasure-Con drift?
For many who don’t know what “Pleasure-Con drift” is, contemplate your self fortunate—it’s a widespread difficulty that the majority Nintendo Swap homeowners encounter sooner or later. After sufficient use, the strain within the Pleasure-Con’s thumb stick mechanism loosens, and the thumb stick will jiggle barely, inflicting unintended enter detection—in different phrases, your curser, character, or menus will transfer across the display screen even for those who’re not touching the controller.
It’s a significant difficulty that impacts gameplay and the Nintendo Swap’s usability normally. Frankly, it’s gone past annoyance to a significant flaw that hampers the in any other case wonderful handheld-home console hybrid.
Nintendo and customers alike have tried to discover a technique to beat the drift. Fixes vary from inconvenient (corresponding to sending your Pleasure-Cons in for Nintendo to repair, or shopping for a alternative pair), to probably damaging (like utilizing rubbing alcohol to wash the thumb stick’s sensor, or opening the Pleasure-Con and changing the thumb stick your self). However whereas nearly all of those options have labored (with various levels of success), none present a everlasting repair. Sooner or later, the thumb stick pressure will loosen and the Pleasure-Con drift will return.
Nevertheless, a YouTuber going by the identify “VK’s Channel” claims to have discovered a everlasting resolution—and it’s surprisingly easy.
Easy methods to repair your drifting Pleasure-Con
As VK’s Channel (which we’ll seek advice from as “VK” for simplicity’s sake) demonstrates within the video under, making use of stress to the skin of the Pleasure-Con eliminates the thumb stick drift. So, to make sure there’s sufficient stress always, VK popped open the Pleasure-Con and positioned a skinny strip of paper behind the thumb stick’s sensor. VK says this instantly fastened the drift, and that the problem has but to return.
It’s unimaginable to verify if sliding a chunk of paper into your Pleasure-Con is, in truth, a long-term resolution for everybody because it’s solely been just lately found, however in keeping with the feedback on VK’s and throughout social media, it appears to work thus far.
Is it protected to repair a Pleasure-Con by yourself?
In principle, filling the tiny hole between the Pleasure-Con’s case the again of the thumb stick’s sensor ought to be sufficient to maintain the housing in place so long as the paper is the appropriate measurement—the paper (or cardstock, cardboard, and so on) solely must be about 0.5mm tall. Something bigger gained’t match. The paper gained’t have an effect on something within the controller if it’s positioned correctly, and there are not any heating or conductive dangers to fret about (simply bear in mind to show your Pleasure-Con off first).
What you’ll want to repair Pleasure-Con drift by yourself
I deliberate to check the repair on a pair of Pleasure-Cons I deserted as a consequence of excessive drift points, however I lack the correct instruments to get the job performed—which brings up some essential caveats Swap homeowners ought to pay attention to earlier than making an attempt it themselves.
With the intention to pull off VK’s DIY drift repair, you’ll want to take away 4 tiny tri-wing head screws on the again of the Pleasure-Cons. Most Swap homeowners in all probability don’t have a tri-wing screwdriver, and in the event that they do, it will not be the appropriate measurement (a 1.5 mm tri-wing will get the job performed).
However even for those who do have the appropriate screwdriver, there are dangers to opening your Pleasure-Cons. First is that it might void the guarantee of the Pleasure-Cons (and even your console guarantee for those who’re utilizing a Swap Lite), which means if one thing breaks, you gained’t be capable to ship them into Nintendo’s tech assist. Fortunately, the one bits you’ll want to mess with are the 4 screws; you don’t have to the touch some other parts within the controller apart from inserting a tiny piece of paper or cardstock behind the thumb stick housing.
Nonetheless, though VK’s paper trick requires zero technical precision, DIY fixes are dangerous. You possibly can unintentionally introduce further mud to the internal parts, and small items might break or fall out and get misplaced. Should you’re not comfy risking your Pleasure-Cons’ guarantee and usefulness, contact Nintendo and get the drift professionally serviced, or just purchase an additional pair as an alternative. However for those who’re able to take issues into your individual fingers, give this at-home repair a shot.