As you may or may not remember I’ve always had real issues using my Switch docked as the controllers would constantly lose connection if more than a metre is so from the console. I don’t play much at home so not a huge issue but it’s always niggled at me.
I took advantage of the recent Black Friday sales and picked up another Neon Switch, tonight I did some more experiments and got some pretty shocking results....
First up, Wi-fi connection. I got a usb network adaptor because the Wi-fi was always rubbish on my switch. I recently moved the access point and now the original switch can’t connect at all. I put both switches next to each other and tried to connect to the Wi-fi:
Launch day Switch is black theme on top. While it could see the network when searching it was unable to join. New Switch below with the white theme connected and was able to download at 13Mbps! Big win for the newer machine.
At at this point I dropped New Switch into the dock and popped off the joycon. Sat on the sofa 3m away from the console the joycon worked flawlessly. Old switch with old joycon and they just won’t connect at all.
Then I tried pairing my existing joycon with the new switch. I have one neon pair which were replaced by Nintendo, and a grey pair I bought around launch which I modded with yellow cases and the foam trick. Both old joycon paired immediately with the new console and again, worked flawlessly when sat 3m away on the sofa:
So there we have it. My launch day switch is obviously faulty but is now way past the warranty period so not a lot I can do about it. I’m tempted to sell it to CEX or something now and keep the New Switch.