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Switch Joycon controllers feature motion control, HD rumble

by Eric Frederiksen | January 12, 2017January 12, 2017 8:29 pm PDT

The Nintendo Switch Joycon controller might just be the most complex controller to come with a Nintendo system yet – or maybe any modern console.

Nintendo isn’t dropping the motion control that has been at the center of their last two consoles. Each of the Joycon controllers on either side of of the Switch is its own motion controller that seems to have motion control at least on par with the Wii’s Motion-Plus controllers. Additionally, each controller features an IR camera that can detect motion and gestures in front of it.

Perhaps the most interesting feature, though, is the rumble incorporated into each controller. Rather than going with the standard rumble, the Joycon has something Nintendo is calling HD Rumble. HD Rumble is presented as being a detailed haptic feedback function that can deliver very specific sensations. The specific example provided during the presentation was that of ice clinking in a glass, with a noticeable difference when a couple more cubes are added.

Nintendo systems have always been all about their weird, unique, and always well-developed controllers, and the Switch is no different in that respect. If the Joycon can deliver on all these promises, it’ll be a lot of fun to play with.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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