Best answer: The Switch OLED will probably have Joy-Con drift. Nintendo hasn't mentioned that they plan to fix the Joy-Cons and said the new Joy-Cons are the same ones currently available. Players can purchase new controllers, but Nintendo's services also repair Joy-Cons with drift for free.
Nintendo isn't fixing the Joy-Cons, but...
For years, Switch owners have reported Joy-Con drift. It's an issue with Nintendo Switch controllers where the game system registers movement when there isn't any. Players using Joy-Cons with drift will notice their character moving or menu items scrolling while not touching the controller.
In 2019, Nintendo released a statement about Joy-Con drift following a class-action lawsuit, and the game company's repair team is still fixing Joy-Cons with drift for free even if they're out of warranty. Because of the years-long problem, some players may be hoping the new Swith OLED will include update controllers that don't have drift. Unfortunately, it isn't looking good.
Nintendo's UK website posted a pretty clear answer saying:
"The Joy-Con controllers included with Nintendo Switch (OLED model) are the same as the controllers currently available."
In that case, controllers with drift might still ship with the new system, and it's luck of the draw whether or not you'll get a defective one.
What's new in the Switch OLED
The Switch OLED model features a slightly larger and brighter screen, better kickstand, and improved speakers. While it isn't the Pro upgrade many players were hoping for, the system could make some graphics pop. However, the OLED model has the same processing power and RAM as the older version, so it won't make your download or loading times any faster.
Other differences include the new Switch dock, which will be LAN compatible. It's also less than one inch longer, so form-fitting or extra tight cases and accessories could be snugger or not fit the OLED model at all. Still, the OLED model is a great option for first-time players or those who need a minor upgrade. Serious players who want graphics upgrades should invest, too, especially if they have the launch-model Switch.
You can still fix Joy-Con drift
Players with Joy-Con drift can visit Nintendo's support site to file a ticket and service their Joy-Cons. However, players with five or more Joy-Cons must call the company instead of filling out the online form. Nintendo is currently servicing Joy-Cons with drift for free.
While Nintendo may change their mind or make later updates to the Joy-Con controllers, we wouldn't recommend holding your breath. However, we would recommend purchasing a pair of backup Joy-Cons, so you don't have to wait to play your favorite games. Alternatively, you could always purchase a Pro Controller, which mimics a classic game controller, making racing games like Rocket League and others much more playable. It may be pricey, but it could be worth the investment if you prefer a classic controller.
Whichever you choose, you'll be prepared should your current Switch or new Switch OLED experience Joy-Con drift.
Switch OLED is set to release October 8, 2021, and currently available for preorder.
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