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Law-firm builds case against drifting joysticks on Xbox controllers

Although not as widespread as with the Switch, there are cases of faulty Xbox One and Elite controllers.

The so-called 'drifting' issue with Nintendo's Joy-Con controllers for the Switch is so well-known and widespread that the manufacturer has been forced to fix or replace the affected units in several markets, even after warranty expiration. These court decisions normally come to fruition after one or several groups of affected users complain together, which is usually arranged through a law firm. Now Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP, which is one of those firms that successfully filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo, is actively investigating a similar case related to Microsoft's Xbox One Controllers and Xbox One Elite Controller.

Even though it seems way more complicated to find a reasonable number of affected users within the same circles (as opposed to the recurrently faulty Joy-Con), CSK&D believes there's a case to pursue here, and as such is asking users for feedback via this form and the following request:

"CSK&D is investigating a potential class action based upon reports that Microsoft Xbox One controllers, including the Elite controller, for the Xbox One gaming console can experience drift issues and/or fail prematurely. Specifically, it is reported that the joystick on certain Xbox One controllers will automatically register movement when the joystick is not being controlled and interfere with gameplay".

Now the class action investigation has begun, and even though it remains to be seen whether it'll have the same impact as the one filed against Nintendo, it's of course useful to start a conversation and to check if there are more faulty controllers than it would seem initially.

Some unaffected users claim on forums such as ResetEra that these firms are just looking for the settlement money, but we leave such conclusions to you in the comment section below.

Law-firm builds case against drifting joysticks on Xbox controllers


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