Game News Nintendo Switch: finally the perfect solution to avoid the Joy-Con Drift?
The Joy-Con Drift is one of the serious problems of the Nintendo Switch, making many Joy-Cons difficult to use. A third-party manufacturer has just presented a controller with precise technology, made for the Japanese console and which will “never have any drift”.
A new reference controller for the Nintendo Switch?
In the world of video games, drifting is not just the art of skidding in cars in certain titles: it is also and above all a real industrial problem that affects many manufacturers. Nintendo is particularly affected with its famous “Joy-Con Drift”, with joysticks that activate on their own and which sometimes make gaming sessions impossible. : the DualSense, the PS5 controller, is also affected by this major concern.
So much so that the independent manufacturer Gulikit has just presented a pad for the Switch whose main specificity is to present no drift, with (supposedly) high reliability. This is called the KingKong Pro 2, is based on Nintendo’s Pro Controller model (or even on the Xbox controller) and then embeds an electromagnetic mechanism for its sticks, patented for the occasion. A patent has also been filed for the efficiency of the buttons and their longevity with 50 million activations in life, which do not stick and never come off.
With 25 hours of autonomy, an FPS mode and a responsiveness that we are told is very effective, you might think that the Gulikit KingKong Pro 2 costs a lot of money: its price is actually 70 dollars, which is very honorable considering the market.
The end of drifting?
Gulikit Business Manager Jack He aptly spoke to WePC about electromagnetic technology, the very one that completely avoids the famous drift. “When I was still a student, I encountered the drift problem on the PS1 controller stick. Today I also have this problem on the latest PS5 and Xbox Series pads”, he admits. What push him to invent a very particular system:
Normal sticks use carbon type potentiometer, wherein there is always friction between the metallic contact part and the carbon film material. Over time, these parts can wear out badly and cause liquid, dust or unknown residue inside, resulting in connection failure, performance degradation, and then drifting becomes a common phenomenon.
(about the Gulikit KingKong Pro 2) Each joystick has two Hall sensors and two magnets. The “Hall effect” is, roughly, the principle of the difference in electricity generated when current passes through a conductor in the magnetic field. When the sensor detects that the magnetic field is working, the sensor itself has no physical contact with the magnet. Therefore, neither the sensor nor the magnet physically wear against each other and there is almost no shedding or friction between them over a long period of time.
In other words, thanks to the electromagnetic field, the joystick allows the elements of the joystick to avoid contact and friction, and therefore the wear that causes drift.
Also and above all, Jack He admits that his company has been working from the start on a miniaturization of its system, so as to be able to offer the technology in an imitation of the Joy-Con, and not only in a “traditional” shape controller. We may therefore see in the future a real alternative to Nintendo’s Joy-Con, and without drift, therefore.
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