Meet the Switch Controller That Promises ‘No Drifting, Ever’

GuliKit KingKong 2 Pro Controller
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Update: Wed 11 May 2022 13:40 BST: Jack He, business director of Gulikit, spoke with WePC Regarding the KingKong 2 Pro controller design and how the company plans to revolutionize analog sticks and eliminate drift issues:

“When I was a student, I encountered the stick drift problem when I used the PS1 controller with [the] ruler. So far, I’ve also encountered this issue on the latest PS5 DualSense and Xbox Series controllers.”

He goes on to explain the inner workings of the analog sticks, so here’s one for all the tech heads out there:

“Each Hall-sensing joystick has two Hall sensors and two magnets. ‘Hall effect’ is essentially the principle of the electricity difference that arises when the current passes through a conductor in the magnetic field. When the sensor detects that the magnetic field is working, the sensor itself has no physical contact with the magnet. Therefore neither sensor nor magnet have physical wear on each other and there is almost no loss [or friction] on its own for a long time.

“Normal sticks use a carbon film type potentiometer, where there is always friction between the metal contact part and the carbon film material. Over time, these parts can become very worn and cause unknown liquids, dust or debris inside, resulting in connection failure, performance degradation and drifting is a common phenomenon.

Jack He also hints at a possible design in the works for a smaller analog stick, one that would fit very nicely into a Joy-Con:

“In the early stages of our design work, we even started designing a smaller hall-sensing electromagnetic joystick for [a] Joy-con, and we’re still working on this right now and will be finishing it up for the foreseeable future so it can be put into smaller devices. The current larger hall-sensing joystick was completed first in the middle of design work for use on our controller.”

So there you have it; while Nintendo’s official Pro Controllers don’t tend to drift, it’s a different story for the Joy-Con controllers. Should Gulikit continue with its plans to make smaller sticks, we may see another drift-free version of the Joy-Con in the future.

If you also think back a few months, we reported on a $1,300 ‘rival’ of the Switch that includes the ‘Hall effect’ technology Previously mentioned; we stated that the device’s sticks were “highly accurate and very comfortable to use”.

Original article Tue 10 May 2022 6:45 PM BST:

A new third-party “Pro Controller” from accessories company GuliKit aims high, promising no analog stick drift thanks to the “Electromagnetic Stick” technology.

Cost a surprisingly reasonable $70the GuliKit King Kong Pro 2 controller also features an ‘FPS mode’ set to have no dead zone at all. Also included is standard Amiibo support, gyroscope gameplay, and full vibration feedback.

In its assessment of the controller, Gizmodo had this to say:

“Third-party controllers have come a long way over the years, but instead of simply offering a cheaper alternative to what console makers offer, companies like 8BitDo and Scuf are now offering controllers with added customizability and functionality, giving gamers more reasons to something different than what Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft offer.GuliKit does the same thing, but with a $70 price tag to match the Switch Pro Controller, and the promise of never experiencing drifting joysticks again, the KingKong Pro 2 now seems the best option Switch gamers.”

Here is an overview of the features of the Gulikit website:

●New patented electromagnetic stick, never drifting
● New patented button, excellent conductive rubber feel, 50 million times ultra-long life, anti-seize, anti-disconnection
●Support Switch Console Wake-up
●Support wired and wireless connection
● Built-in rechargeable lithium battery can last up to 25 hours when fully charged.
● Exclusive FPS mode, patented technology, 100% no dead zone

Nintendo has come under a lot of fire for its ongoing issues with floating sticks, particularly on the Joy-Con controllers. Most recently, a former repairs supervisor stated that the volume of work required to fix the problem was “highly stressful”† In more bizarre circumstances, parents even get their kids to sue Nintendo over the drift issues

If this controller does what it promises and eliminates drift then it could be a strong alternative to the official Pro Controller, even this beautiful new Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak one

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Let us know in the comments if you’d like to buy the GuliKit KingKong Pro 2, or if you’d rather opt for Nintendo’s own official offering.

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