Around the Internet, various people and publications are reporting issues with the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controller. More specifically, the left controller has been seen as faulty with input lag and sync issues making it almost unusable.
Yep, my left JoyCon desynchronizes as I'm playing. Gonna be a big problem if they can't fix this with a firmware update! https://t.co/aCf2K0jOz2
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) February 23, 2017
It happened to me both on the Grip and separately. No clue as to cause. https://t.co/OnxeYsSqrl
— Link Link (@nron10) February 23, 2017
Basically, input is delayed on the left Joy-Con for a very short window. Maybe 2-3 seconds. Reminded me of the PS3 controller sync issue. https://t.co/cr13dEreBa
— Jose Otero (@jose_otero) February 23, 2017
After some further testing, I'm definitely able to reliably reproduce the Switch controller issue shown here. https://t.co/N7AjMtoKVI
— Jeff Gerstmann (@jeffgerstmann) February 24, 2017
I've just experienced some left Joy Con sync issues with my grey system. Seems to be a universal issue. https://t.co/2wgPe8h8gI
— Jeremy Parish (@gamespite) February 23, 2017
Nintendo has not yet issued a statement on these claims, but it appears that press members who got ahold of the console early are all experiencing the problem. If the Joy-Con controllers, one of the company’s leading marketing points for the console, were to wind up busted… well, that’s one of the last things that the company needs at this important juncture.
Keep an eye out for more information.
No need to panic just yet, but it’s something to watch if you’re lining up for a day-1 purchase.