Thursday, June 4, 2020

    Random: Hacker Solves Switch Joy-Con Drift By Cannibalising A Valve Steam Controller

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    Fans of Valve’s Steam Controller (c’mon, there must be at least one of you) might be interested in this hack which adds touchpad control to the Switch Joy-Con. That’s one way to cure Joy-Con drift at least – albeit one which is a bit out of most peoples technical capabilities.

    Hardware tinkerer Matteo Pisani has an interesting write-up on the project here and a detailed video above. It’s a fascinating read as it shows Matteo’s thought process as he worked out how the circular touchpad could interface as a replacement to the regular analogue nub as found on the Switch Joy-Con. It’s a lot more complex to do this hack that it might seem at first.

    The results seem very impressive, although Matteo does plan to clean this design up a bit more with a smaller PCB which will fit inside the Joy-Con. Needless to say, we’re excited to see the final version.

    Let us know what you think of this cheeky Joy-Con hack with a comment below.

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