Apparently Nintendo Fixes the Switch Joy-Con Issue with a Tiny Square

A piece of foam is all it takes to keep RF interference from walking Link off a cliff.


One of the most pesky complaints from early review hardware of Nintendo Switch was the left Joy-Con intermittently desyncing. The problem was hard to pin down, as it didn't happen to all reviewers or even with any particular consistency among those who did suffer from it, but it was widespread enough that it seemed legitimate. Now that Nintendo has actually fixed a unit suffering from the desync, we know what that entails, and it all comes down to block of foam barely bigger than a pebble.

CNet sent its faulty Joy-Con in to Nintendo, but only after having cracked it open for a "before" photograph. Comparing that to its "after" photo once Nintendo sent it back shows the solution very clearly: a tiny black piece of conductive foam protecting the antenna from RF interference. 

Image Credit: Cnet

For the sake of being thorough, they even removed the piece of foam themselves, and sure enough, the Joy-Con issue came right back. That strongly suggests this was always a hardware issue, so it's likely that Nintendo will just insert the foam in the controllers from the start in future manufacturing runs.

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    March 22, 2017 8:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Apparently Nintendo Fixes the Switch Joy-Con Issue with a Tiny Square

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      March 22, 2017 9:40 AM

      Yeah, looks like it's a case of a bad batch of the buggers and if yours has it, just call Nintendo and send it in and they will fix it for you.

      Explains why the issue was so hit or miss and wasn't heavily noticed during the preview tour.

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        March 22, 2017 9:41 AM

        Might also explain why we have had a bit of delay up until this next round of consoles being pushed out instead of a slow trickle. They probably wanted to make sure the problem wasn't present in round 2.

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        March 22, 2017 10:43 AM

        If you call will they cross ship? Aka ship you one while yours is in transit to them?

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          March 22, 2017 8:12 PM

          Sadly not, or at least not currently. Maybe they'll change things up once the hardware stock gets closer to some sort of equilibrium?

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      March 22, 2017 10:41 AM


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