Update: The original version of this story claimed a judge agreed to pull the Xbox controller drift lawsuit out of court. VGC has since apologised and explained the information provided was not entirely correct.
Below, you'll find our updated story on the lawsuit:
All the way back in April last year, Xbox fans filed a lawsuit against Microsoft regarding drifting Xbox controller issues. Now, once again, the company has called for the case to be pulled out of court.
As reported by Video Games Chronicle, documents seen by the publication state that Microsoft has asked Western District of Washington Judge Ricardo S. Martinez to have the case moved ”to a consumer-friendly, individual arbitration process”, as per the Microsoft Services Agreement. It later added that “the court therefore should compel Plaintiffs to arbitration, where they can litigate their arguments as to scope, unconscionability, and disaffirmance.”
“The avid Xbox gamers who bring this lawsuit repeatedly agreed with Microsoft to submit their disputes to a consumer-friendly, individual arbitration process.
The Court therefore should compel Plaintiffs to arbitration, where they can litigate their arguments as to scope, unconscionability, and disaffirmance.”
According to the original plaintiff (who was later joined by another seven this past October), the potentiometer within the analogue stick of Xbox One controllers, and particularly the Xbox Elite Series 2, contains an issue in which unwanted electrical contact occurs, causing stick drift. They also claimed at the time that "a large volume" of people had been getting similar 'drifting' issues going back to near the launch of the Xbox One.
The plaintiffs had recently fought back against Microsoft's desire to pull the case out of court, but the company is clearly intent on continuing its pursuit to have have the matter handled via arbitration instead.
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