A supposed Xbox gamer who has endured multiple issues with the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller has filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington, claiming that the joystick component of Xbox One controllers contains a design flaw that Microsoft has failed to disclose.
The court documents, which have been viewed by Video Games Chronicle, apparently note that plaintiff Donald McFadden experienced drifting - which is where movements are registered even when the analogue stick isn't being touched - and he suffered this issue with a couple of Xbox Elite Wireless Controllers.
He reportedly stated that the potentiometer within the analogue stick contains an issue in which unwanted electrical contact occurs, and also claimed that "a large volume" of people have been getting similar drifting issues going back to near the launch of the Xbox One.
McFadden's complaint is that Microsoft "routinely refuses to repair the controllers without charge" after the controller's 90-day warranty is up, despite it being an alleged known issue. The lawsuit was filed back on April 28th, so we'll let you know if we hear anything more about it.
Let us know if you've suffered drifting issues with your Xbox One controller in the poll and comments.
I've only ever owned three Xbox One controllers, but I can't say I've experienced this issue myself! The RB button getting stuck is a much more annoying issue for me.
My second controller drifts.
Mine did this a month after warranty expired.
Hold up.. He says he’s been having issues with the Elite Controllers. Yet goes on to say people have been experiencing these issues as far back as the Xbox One launch when Elite Controllers didn’t even exist. Considering I own well over 10 Xbox One Controllers and have never had drift issues is pretty strange wouldn’t you say, given the current poll results? The Bumpers are the only real issue.
one of my controllers has this issue yes but it's a normal one not an elite
Not a problem for me. Someone else who thinks everyone owes him something it seems
I haven't but stick drift is brutally common in multiple companies' VR controllers, as well as the Nintendo Switch. My best friend in high school lost a controller to this on his Xbox One, but I have 3 controllers that never had any issue, with its sticks or anything for that matter. My Xbox One Wi-Fi started having issues but my controllers have proven reliable, anecdotally. I have heard of the Elite controller having issues, I don't know if it's a result of more defects or purchasers being more vocal due to the controller's high asking price.
I’ve easily put a thousand hours on every controller from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. I have only experienced stick drift on two types of controllers: the DualShock 2 and Joy-Con.
The DS2 was from excessive use (never played a console more than the PS2) and the Joy-Con are from crappy parts.
Edit: my Elite in particular has been flawless. Zero issues at all. The white controller that came with the XB1 has a sticky RB button, though.
I have never had any drifting issues with my Xbox controller (knock on wood).
My original two Joy-Con sets as well as a couple of wired ones suffered the same fate.
I’d be pissed if I spent over $150 on a controller let alone it had any issues..
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