Several people who got a Nintendo Switch (opens in new tab) early are reporting one recurring problem: the left Joy-Con controller has intermittent connection issues when detached from the console. We haven't seen this with the GR+ Switch yet and I wouldn't be too concerned if it was just one person, but there's definitely enough to establish a pattern here.
Take a look:
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.February 23, 2017
I've played roughly 20 hours of Zelda and it's happened 2-3 times. https://t.co/5sGBotcIjGFebruary 23, 2017
I've just experienced some left Joy Con sync issues with my grey system. Seems to be a universal issue. https://t.co/2wgPe8h8gIFebruary 23, 2017
Not everybody is encountering the problem, at least.
@gamespite Except me! (I know, that doesn't help anyone else.) pic.twitter.com/JaOsQLm1N1February 23, 2017
Looks like some media have had de-sync problems with the Switch Joy-Con. Hasn't happened with mine.February 23, 2017
And sometimes the joke is unavoidable.
rare footage of the Left Joy Con losing sync with the Nintendo Switch pic.twitter.com/duW4hrpAc1February 23, 2017
The good news is that Nintendo plans to put out an update for Nintendo Switch (opens in new tab) on March 3, the day the system will go on sale to the general public. The update will enable the eShop and various other functions and hopefully it will fix this problem, too.
That's assuming it's a software (or firmware) issue rather than a hardware one, though - if Nintendo ships millions of just-broken-enough-to-be-annoying Joy-Cons and can't quickly fix them, that would be a really bad start for Switch. Here's hoping that isn't that case.
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