The new Nintendo Switch model called the Switch Lite is out this week, and while the compact, handheld only console has some improvements to battery life and smaller form factor, it appears the new iteration didn’t make any changes to one of the original Switch’s known issues: the analog sticks.
YouTube channel Spawn Wave has posted a break down of the system, taking it apart and examining every nook and cranny of the device. At about the 11:23 mark host Jonathan Downey examines the analog stick and says it seems to be identical to the ones found in the original Joy-Con controllers.
Since the Switch’s launch back in 2017, there have been reports of analog stick drift on standard Joy-Cons, which caused the system to register input from the sticks even when they weren’t in use. This phenomenon became so widespread a class action lawsuit was filed against Nintendo over these issues, and now this brings into question whether or not the Switch Lite will suffer the same problems in the coming months.
While drifting troubles could be at least temporarily circumvented on the original Switch by purchasing new Joy-Cons or sending the controllers to Nintendo for repair, all the buttons and sticks are built in to the Switch Lite system, which means any drifting issues will likely require sending in your entire system in to get them fixed.
The Switch Lite is on sale now for $199.99 MSRP, which is $100 cheaper than the original Switch model. The device gives up some of the original console’s functionality like HDMI output and detachable controllers in exchange for a longer battery life to make it a more convenient as a handheld device rather than the hybrid console the original was sold as. This does mean that some games like 1-2 Switch and Arms become much more complicated to play, as anything that uses detachable Joy-Cons will require additional controllers not included with the Switch Lite, which can make it more expensive than the console’s price tag in the long run.