Japanese accessory-maker HORI recently released yet another peripheral for the Switch. This one is arguably its oddest yet: a left Joy-Con that has a ‘real’ D-Pad. This is targetted at Switch owners who aren’t a fan of the segmented D-Pad on the official left Switch Joy-Con. In addition to the design change, HORI also tore out all the extra bells and whistles from this D-Pad controller. It lacks HD Rumble and even wireless functionality, thus meaning it can only be used when attached to the system. This is notable since it turns out that it’s causing the batteries of Switch units to drain, as reported by some consumers who’ve picked the controller up.
It’s normal for the Joy-Cons to draw power from the Switch when connected, but what makes this abnormal is that this HORI Joy-Con is draining the Switch’s batteries even when the system is in sleep mode.
HORI has acknowledged this issue and has stated that it’s undergoing the process of trying to figure out what’s causing it and will make improvements in the future. In the meantime, the one solution they can offer is that users should remove the controller from the system when not in use.
It must be noted that this is an officially-licensed controller from Nintendo. No product is without fault, but we’ve seen typically only seen cases of unlicensed accessories causing issues. In any case, hopefully HORI will get this sorted out soon.