It only took 4 years, but humanity has finally figured out how to fix Nintendo Switch Joy-Con drift.
I’m sure if you own a Nintendo Switch, you’ve had to deal with it at some point (if you haven’t, go buy a lottery ticket, you have amazing luck). Personally, I’ve had to go out and buy two extra sets of Joy-Cons because they just didn’t work properly. The drift was out of control. Characters would move around wildly in different directions and trying to select options from different menus was an absolute nightmare. The only solution when asking Nintendo was to literally send your Joy-Con to them and wait for it to be fixed. It felt like a band-aid solution. What if they screw up again? Is it too much to ask to have controllers that just function? Am I taking crazy pills?
Apparently, we were just asking the wrong people to fix the problem.
There have been other solutions presented in the past, but we have Youtuber VK’s Channel to thank for this glorious Joy-Con fix. VK identified how the Joy-Con realigns when pressure is applied to the surrounding area of the analog stick, which means increased pressure within the Joy-Con makes the drift disappear. This solution seems to fix the problem and it’s relatively easy to pull off. All you need is a piece of paper or cardboard.
Next, you’ll need to open the case of the Joy-Con and insert your paper or cardboard (around 1mm) where the analog stick is located. Why this is necessary is because the prongs inside the controller lose contact with the pads over time, so the paper fills the gap and restores pressure. VK also notes that their own drifting Joy-Con has been working fine for around two months now and that the same fix can be applied to the Nintendo Switch Lite.
It kind of sucks it had to come to this, but hey, it works! I haven’t had to try it yet, but everyone seems to say it gets the job done. Just be warned, tampering with any of your controllers will probably void any warranty, so proceed at your own risk.