Nintendo is redesigning the inside of the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controllers.
Ever since the Switch’s launch, a small number of users—statistically insignificant, by Nintendo’s statement at the time—reported having some connectivity issues with the left Joy-Con controller on their consoles. Nintendo investigated the issue, and eventually discovered that the placement of an antennae within the left Joy-Con was at fault.
While reports of connectivity issues remained rare, it seems that Nintendo is taking steps to fix the potential problem anyway. A new filing with the Federal Communications Commission reveals Nintendo’s request to modify the design of the left Joy-Con slightly, changing the “antenna pattern and peripheral circuit.” Photos included with the filing show what the innards of the new Joy-Con would look like.
At the moment, Nintendo hasn’t stated anything about how or when these new Joy-Cons will be rolling out. To be clear, this upgrade won’t change the look or functionality of the Joy-Con, simply fix the antennae, so it’s possible that the new design will be slowly phased in and used to replace Joy-Cons that aren’t working properly instead of being launched with a lot of fanfare.
At the moment, the number of players reporting issues is still “not [statistically] significant,” according to Nintendo, so most users will never see a problem. If you do start having problems with your Switch, though, it’s good to know that a fix is on the way.