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Nintendo Switch Day One Patch May Fix Left Joy-Con Desync Issue

We didn't have a desync issue, but the left controller still has some input lag.


A day-one patch for the Nintendo Switch might have fixed a desyncing issue with the unit's left Joy-Con, but unfortunately we can't confirm or deny that since we never had the issue to start with.

Other news outlets that had received early review consoles had reported that the left Joy-Con would lose connectivity with the unit, but a few have since come back to say the patch fixed the issue. Others, such as Eurogamer, reported that the issue still persists even after updating the firmware.

As for our own experience, our left Joy-Con controller still shows instances of input lag at a distance of more than 10 feet without line of sight to the Switch, something the patch did not correct. While the two could be related, we don't have enough information–or confirmation from Nintendo–on what the exact problem is.

Either way, once you get your Switch, you will need to install the patch anyway, so let us know your experiences when you get the unit tomorrow. Follow the recommendation in our Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review and make it the first game you play. We also have a great Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide in case you get stuck along the way.

In the meantime, you can expect our Nintendo Switch review on Monday. 

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