The Nintendo Switch comes with a pair of controllers called Joy-Cons. They are wireless controllers which sound like they’re a great idea, but unfortunately it seems that early reviews of the Nintendo Switch have highlighted how the controllers are currently facing connectivity issues where they occasionally disconnect during gameplay.
The folks at Eurogamer and Digital Foundry claim that they have not experienced the problem themselves with their Switch review units, but there have been quite a few tweets by other reviewers that suggest otherwise. According to Jason Schreier of Kotaku, “The Switch left JoyCon’s sync issues have been so bad for me that I can’t play Zelda on my TV with it – using the pro controller instead.”
The Switch left JoyCon’s sync issues have been so bad for me that I can’t play Zelda on my TV with it – using the pro controller instead.
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) February 23, 2017
Damien McFerran of Nintendo Life is also reporting that he is experiencing similar problems with his unit. “I’ve noticed this as well, happened a few times to me. Assume a software fix is incoming.” It is unclear as to what might be the problem and whether or not it could be a hardware or software problem, but hopefully it is the latter as a software patch would be easier and cheaper than replacing units.
I’ve noticed this as well, happened a few times to me. Assume a software fix is incoming https://t.co/rdJWJYYYRS
— Damien McFerran (@DamienMcFerran) February 23, 2017
In any case the good news is that the Nintendo Switch will be released on the 3rd of March, 2017 which means that Nintendo has about a week to address the issue, and hopefully when the units are shipped out there will be a fix already, or it will be fixed in the factory. In the meantime a video from GameXplain (see above) shows the problem in action, so check it out if you’re curious.