BEACON TRANSCRIPT – With less than a week left until the long-awaited release of Nintendo Switch, a few reports stated some problems with the Joy-Con controllers. The issue might concern the tricky controller straps and connectivity.
This is not the first time when Nintendo experiences problems with straps. In 2006, when they launched Nintendo Wii, they stated they would replace 3.2 million controller straps. These ones were reportedly so fragile that people accidentally released them into their TV sets.
Nintendo Switch is not experiencing quite the same problem. On the contrary, the straps can be attached separately, but they are so hard to pull off that the users might end up in some nasty incidents. They might either break the controller or get hurt while trying to pull the straps off.
This has been noticed by the gaming companies CNET and GamesRadar when they were offered some pre-release controllers for testing. The straps are some sort of a safety tool that prevents the controller from flying from the gamer’s hand. It is easy to attach as you can slide it and it clicks in place immediately. The problems start when you try to take it off.
Even after you pull the lock and push the release button, it is extremely difficult to detach the strap from the Joy-Con. This should be fixed by Nintendo before the official release, but it might mean a delay of the launch.
Also, those who have been shipped the Nintendo Switch to test and review the device reported of another problem. They experienced connection issues with the controller. The reviewers at IGN, Kotaku, and NintendoWorldReport reported that their controllers disconnected while playing games in console mode.
The experts suggest that there might be problems with the calibration tools, since they discovered how the controller disconnects if you cover it. Also, if you get 10 feet away or more from the Switch, the controller disconnects again. A quick solution might be to stay closer to the console, but this does not solve the problem.
Nintendo might try and solve the issue by creating a software update, but a connection issue might be related to the hardware, too. They might need to release new Joy-Con controllers with more powerful receivers.
Nintendo Switch is set for a release on March 3rd, but we have to wait and see how they are going to tackle these issues reported by the reviewers.
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