If you happen to have picked up Nintendo’s new console this past weekend you might have been unlucky enough to notice some Nintendo Switch dead pixels. If you have been this unlucky, don’t look to Nintendo to fix it for you as they claim this is “normal” and not defects.
A 2,000 comment Reddit thread has been discussing the issues which can cause distraction and be kind of upsetting for a $300 new console.
In a support article entitled “There are black or bright dots on the Nintendo Switch screen that do not go away, or there are dark or light patches on the screen” Nintendo says
Small numbers of stuck or dead pixels are a characteristic of LCD screens. These are normal and should not be considered a defect.
Dead Pixels were definitely a thing in the early days of LCD screen manufacturing but as processes improved so did the the chances of not seeing a dead pixel.
A similar flaw in the screens plagued the Nintendo DS when it launched and had Nintendo back down and offer repairs under warranty due to the backlash. At the time they wrote
We suggest that you use your system for a few weeks to determine whether this interferes with your enjoyment of game play. If, after using your system for awhile, you feel that this tiny dot is too distracting, the Nintendo DS does carry a one-year warranty.
These LCD issues aren’t the only other issue the Nintendo Switch has faced, the Left Joy-Con has been reported to lose connection to which Nintendo guided players to not use the console near
an aquarium or within a metre of another wireless device, including laptops, wireless headsets, wireless printers, microwaves, cordless phones or even USB-3.0 compatible devices “such as hard drives, thumb drives, LAN adapters, etc
So pretty much most places in a connected household.
Have you got a Nintendo Switch? How have you found it so far, have these reports been blown out of proportion or are you one of those suffering from a less than perfect experience? Let us know.