The Nintendo Switch 10.0.2 patch has been deployed, offering improvements for a major problem people are experiencing with their Pro controllers. “We have fixed an issue where a Nintendo Switch console with system menu version 10.0.0 or 10.0.1 does not set up a new Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, sometimes causing incorrect joystick control,” say the patch notes provided by Nintendo.
The update to the firmware for the popular console also includes “general system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience,” aimed at fixing minor lag and other issues under certain circumstances. This is not down to a technical flaw with the hardware, so that is at least a small amount of good news.
Joy-Con drift is still a major concern for new and old Switch owners alike. The core problem is a hardware fault that was designed into the Joy-Con itself, meaning that Nintendo would have to redesign the controller to no longer use the problematic contact pads that cause drifting. The Pro controller issue is different, as it’s a software issue where the inputs are not being read properly.
Nintendo has previously announced the problems with controller issues, promising to deal with the problem for affected users. Nintendo began offering free repair services for affected hardware, regardless of warranty status. And with some console being three years old, that’s great for users with older consoles having this problem.
Users have wanted design revisions on the core Switch models for some time. Nintendo very quickly rolled out a V2 version with much-improved battery life. They then rolled these improvements into the Nintendo Switch Lite, an entirely portable variant with some features removed, sold at a cheaper price.
Gamers have been delighted by the recent progress made by Nintendo in improving the Switch with firmware patches. The recent 10.0.0 patch enabled two huge changes that delighted many users. Players can now move their game data to SD cards from internal storage. Controller remaps for both Pro and Joy-Con controllers are also in the system too.