Nintendo Switch: Left Joy-Con connection issues stem from its bluetooth antenna
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Nintendo Switch: Left Joy-Con connection issues stem from its bluetooth antenna


It's not as special as the right Joy-Con.

Connection issues experienced by the Nintendo Switch’s left Joy-Con seem to stem from the way they’ve been made, a YouTube channel recently deduced.

Spawn Wave has torn the left Joy-Con apart, revealing a different configuration than the stable right Joy-Con. The left-hand controller has its Bluetooth antenna soldered directly onto its motherboard, unlike the right-hand’s dedicated antenna. The right Joy-Con needs this special configuration because it also houses an infrared camera and amiibo NFC reader in its innards.

The video below shows how you can fix the issue… providing you’re good at soldering.

If you’re not game to try, you can have a go at troubleshooting using Nintendo’s official support tips. Don’t expect great results, however.

The Nintendo Switch is available now. We reviewed it here.

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