Microsoft Is Facing A Controller Lawsuit

Nintendo is not alone: while they have their Joy-Cons drifting, Microsoft has the Xbox One controllers‘ analogue sticks having fault, according to a New York resident called Donald McFadder that has filed the suit.

VGC reports that this person – calling himself an avid gamer – filed the suit against Microsoft in US District Court for the Western District of Washington, claiming that the Xbox One’s controller has a design defect. He purchased an Xbox One Elite controller that developed joystick drift over two years of usage. (Drifting means it continues to register an input even when the affected analogue stick is not used whatsoever.) He then replaced it with another Elite controller that developed this issue in a few months.

The suit alleges that Microsoft must have known about the design defect in the Xbox One controller for several years, and it cites user complaints from both Microsoft’s forum and several other online game sites to prove how widespread the drifting issue is. It also mentions that the original Xbox One controller and the Elite controller share the analogue stick assembly, and it asks the court to certify a class including everyone in the United States who bought any of Microsoft’s wireless Xbox One controllers.

Thus, Nintendo is joined by Microsoft at the court – the big N got a lawsuit in July for their Joy-Cons’ drifting, although in a few days, it offered a no-question free repair via its customer service to anyone who suffers from drifting with their Joy-Cons. However, last month, a judge denied Nintendo’s request to dismiss the case but did grand a request to send it to an arbitrator.

We have yet to see how the Redmond-based company is going to respond to the suit, but Microsoft can’t stay silent about it.

Source: Gamesindustry
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