Few issues have given gamers as many problems as controller drift has, which has become an increasingly common occurrence with new console peripherals. While not everyone has had to battle with the issue, it seems to be a fairly common problem judging by the number of reports circulating the internet. While Switch Joy-Con Drift is seemingly the most common issue, Xbox users have also reported problems. Now, anyone affected might have a way to cut their losses.
Over on Reddit, user AvengedFADE showed off a message they received from Chimicles, Schwartz, Kriner & Donaldson-Smith, a firm that also worked on one of the Joy-Con drift lawsuits. According to the email, the firm is looking to acquire some Xbox controllers experiencing drift, which seems like an easy out for those stuck with a broken controller.
The email asks if the owner has a controller experiencing drift, if they'd be willing to sell it, and how much they'd be willing to sell it for. Notably, the firm is looking for a variety of models, which would likely help the case if all models are found to be faulty to some degree. That includes the Xbox Elite Controllers, which are the most premium option that Xbox offers.
It's important to note that this doesn't seem like the company is asking for unsolicited Xbox controller offers. While it's easy to see why the controllers could be beneficial to the case, a flood of users trying to pawn off their own busted controllers likely isn't going to end up with anyone getting much of a payout. Those that are somehow involved with the class-action lawsuit might have more luck getting rid of their own controllers, though.
It is interesting to see this issue become such a litigious one. While it makes sense that fans are up in arms about drifting controllers, it isn't necessarily a new issue, it just seems to be more pronounced with recent console generations. Manufacturers do offer warranties on their products, but the process of sending a controller off to be repaired every time there's an issue is hardly a desirable solution.
Fans will have to wait and see how the situation is resolved, though judging by the email that AvengedFADE was sent, things are now going into arbitration. That's not necessarily a sign of how the case will be ruled on its own, though there are still certainly some question marks all around. Until then, gamers might need to keep buying controllers, even with stick drift being an issue.
Razer is one of the foremost lifestyle and accessory brand for gamers. It is often seen at global gaming events, esports competitions, and more, and just last month Razer revealed its forward-compatible Xbox accessories. Now, it has unveiled an all-new Xbox Series X/S controller.
The Wolverine V1 is a controller that works on the Xbox One, and it was on the list of things that would be compatible with the next-generation of Xbox consoles. However, Razer is also launching the Wolverine V2, a controller specially designed for the Xbox Series X/S. More options for players is a good thing, whether that be first-party or third-party accessories, and Razer's newest item seems to add a good option for gamers to choose.