Nintendo Switch OLED JoyCons can drift just like other models

Nintendo's new $350 Switch OLED model doesn't have new JoyCons, and that means controller stick drift is still a possibility.

Published Mon, Sep 27 2021 6:44 PM CDT   |   Updated Thu, Oct 21 2021 8:25 PM CDT

Nintendo's new premium $350 Switch OLED console has the same exact JoyCon controllers as the original models, the company confirms to Axios Gaming.

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The new Switch OLED doesn't feature improved JoyCon controllers and are still susceptible to analog stick drift. The Switch OLED's JoyCon sticks are 100% exactly the same as those used in the 2017 and 2019 Switch revisions, as well as the Switch Lite handheld-only system. In 2019, two years after the Switch's launch, Nintendo addressed the JoyCon drift controversy by offering to repair affected controllers for free.

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In fact, other than an improved 6.9-inch OLED panel with reduced bezels, the Switch OLED's internal specifications are the same as the other models too. There's no CPU or GPU upgrades or 4K gaming support. It still uses the same Tegra X1 processor with a 4,310mAh battery.

The dock is a different story. The Switch OLED's dock actually gets firmware updates and features a built-in LAN port that replaces the USB 3.0 port within the dock.

The new Switch OLED model will launch on October 8 for $349.

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