The Nintendo Switch OLED, along with any other Switch model shipped recently, will include improved Joy-Con controllers, according to a ask-the-developer post On Nintendo’s website.
Ko Shiota, Director of the Technology Development Division, and Toru Yamashita, Deputy General Manager of the Technology Development Division, point to the Joy-Con Drift, speaking about the actual improvements in the latest version of the Joy-Con controllers. This is an issue where the analog stick on switch controllers will degrade over time, leading to unexpected speed inputs.
“We mentioned that the Joy-Con controller specifications haven’t changed in the sense that we haven’t added new features like new buttons,” Yamashita said, adding that the Switch OLED won’t have updated controllers. “But the analog sticks in the Joy-Con controllers are included with the Nintendo Switch — the OLED models are the latest version with all the improvements.”
Without specific details, it’s hard to tell what improvements have been made to the Joy-Con controllers’ analog sticks. However, it is likely to be related to regular wear and tear. According to Shiota, the controllers’ analog sticks wear out in the same way that “car tires wear out when a car is running, because they are in constant friction with the ground to spin.” With this issue in mind, Nintendo has continually looked for ways to “improve durability” while balancing operability in its Joy-Con controllers.
It doesn’t look like Nintendo is working on the Switch’s controllers, just not either. Improving the Joy-Con design is “something we’re constantly dealing with,” Shiota said.