After years of coping with Pleasure-Con drift and no passable solutions from Nintendo, we might lastly have our answer. An organization referred to as Gulikit created a set of Swap joystick replacements that promise to banish stick drift as soon as and for all (through Gizmodo).
In contrast to your commonplace Pleasure-Cons from Nintendo, Gulikit’s joystick replacements use one thing referred to as Corridor impact sensors to primarily make them drift-proof — the identical know-how utilized by Sega’s 90s-era Saturn 3D and Dreamcast controllers. As iFixit factors out, the sensors use magnets to detect the joystick’s motion, which suggests not one of the elements really rub up in opposition to one another and put on out just like the sensors used on Pleasure-Cons do.
One of many causes Pleasure-Cons drift within the first place is that they use potentiometers. This know-how deteriorates over time, leading to incorrect readings that make your controller seem to be it is possessed. In 2021, Nintendo govt Ko Shiota likened the issue to automotive tires that “put on out because the automotive strikes, as they’re in fixed friction with the bottom to rotate.”
That’s the place Gulikit’s joysticks are available. The sticks, which can be found for $29.70 on Amazon will presumably put an finish to frequent Pleasure-Con replacements and restore orders (that ought to completely not be the case). You’ll have to put in the substitute joysticks your self, in fact, however this video from iFixit ought to level you in the precise route relating to dismantling the Pleasure-Cons. Gulikit’s joysticks additionally include a screwdriver, substitute screws, a tweezer, and a plastic pry device that will help you get began.
Whereas we haven’t gotten the prospect to strive them for ourselves, customers on Amazon have left principally constructive evaluations. Nevertheless, there are some saying they depart a small hole between the ring that’s supposed to stop mud and different particles from getting contained in the Swap, though it’s unclear how or if this can have an effect on the sticks (or the Pleasure-Cons themselves). Gulikit additionally has substitute joysticks for the Steam Deck, in addition to a full-blown KingKong 2 Professional controller with corridor impact sensors.
Remember that including the third-party sticks may void the guarantee in your Swap and Pleasure-Cons, however continues to be a possible answer if you happen to’re fed up with stick drift. It’s simply unhappy that — within the yr 2023 — we have now to undergo all this simply to get issues to work correctly when the know-how’s already there, and has been there for many years.