Nintendo has filed a patent for a brand new type of ‘sensible fluid’ joysticks, suggesting that it may be seeking to deal with stick drift within the Swap 2.
As famous within the patent utility, which was seen by VGC, this proposed joystick would include ‘magnetorheological fluid’ (MRF), which modifications its thickness when uncovered to a magnetic discipline.
The thought appears to be that when a participant pushes the joystick, the fluid will present resistance, and in the end return it to its impartial place. In response to the patent, that return to impartial can be “made quicker within the controller utilizing the MRF.”
This would appear to point that Nintendo is methods to right the Swap console’s notorious stick drift difficulty for the Swap 2. With no mechanical components in these essential areas, it needs to be proof against growing the identical degree of inaccuracies over time.
Intriguingly, the patent additionally mentions that “it’s attainable to realize each presentation of a sense to the consumer by the operation factor, and an operation of the operation factor returning to the preliminary place.”
It’s unclear what this implies, however probably the most fascinating interpretation is there may be some form of developer-stipulated power suggestions impact in place. Assume the PlayStation 5’s adaptive triggers, however for the analogue sticks.
In fact, there’s no assure that this new joystick system will make its means into the Swap 2. With business rumours putting a launch for the follow-up console someplace round this time subsequent yr, you’d must assume that the console’s design is already totally mapped out and largely locked in forward of mass manufacturing.
Neither is it sure that this patent will even flip into an precise product. Most patent purposes like this don’t.
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