Nintendo Switch Experiences Hardware Issues
Just a few days after the launch of the Nintendo Switch, reports have started coming in from consumers that are having hardware issues with their newly bought hybrid console. Among these are dead pixels in the display, connection issues with the Joy-Con controllers , and, most unpleasant of all, some blue screens of death. Nintendo has acknowledged some of the problems and are working to fix them.
Nintendo has specifically replied to the connectivity issues some consumers have experienced using the Joy-Cons: apparently at times the controller is not responding as it should or, in rare cases, not responding at all. According to Nintendo, the easiest fix to these problems is to ensure the controller is always fully charged, to stand closer to the Switch, and to stay away from aquariums or any other object that could interfere with the signal emitted by the Joy-Cons, such as WiFi-connected devices and TVs.
Nintendo has been less open about some other Switch hardware issues, leaving many fans to either figure them out on their own or turn to the Internet for help. The most worrying, yet easily fixed issue, are the blue and orange screens of death, that as far as reported can be fixed by a simple hard reset of the Nintendo Switch.
A bit more permanent are the issues some consumers are having with scratching the device: apparently when sliding the Nintendo Switch back into its dock, it’s very easy to accidentally scratch the Switch’s touchscreen; the only way to prevent this is to buy a screen protector. Some buyers are also reporting that there are some dead pixels in the display and it is unclear whether or not they will be eligible for a refund or not as Nintendo has remained silent on the matter.
Though it is not uncommon for some teething problems to occur right after launch of any device, here’s hoping that the issues reported so far are fixed quickly; it would be a shame if Nintendo’s much-anticipated console’s reputation would be marred so soon out of the gate.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.