GamesIndustry.biz reports that the lawsuit has been compelled to arbitration (in which a third party makes a binding decision to settle a legal dispute). After the class action lawsuit and the firm behind it, CSK&D, claimed that Microsoft had distributed faulty Xbox controllers, Microsoft requested to have an impartial adjudicator handle the claim outside of court.
GamesIndustry.biz reports that the case was filed in April of last year by CSK&D with allegations that a large number of players using Xbox One controllers had been affected by controller drift as a result of nothing more than using the controller as intended. CSK&D has filed drifting cases against Sony and Nintendo as well, and like this case, the case against Nintendo moved into arbitration.
According to CSK&D, the cause of the drift in the Xbox controllers stems from the potentiometer, which “is the mechanism that translates the physical movement of the thumbstick into movement within the video game”.
The class action lawsuit claims that this faulty potentiometer has been in Xbox controllers since 2014. The issue of these faulty controllers will be solved outside of court now that it’s been moved to arbitration. According to GamesIndustry.biz, CSK&D have stated that it is committed to recuperating damages from Microsoft, even if outside of the court, as the law firm has a “sufficient volume” of faulty controllers.
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Those involved in the class action lawsuit will find out what comes next when CSK&D and Microsoft go into arbitration. Drift isn’t the only problem facing Xbox controllers at the moment. IGN reported last month that some players are experiencing unresponsive buttons on their Xbox Series X|S controllers — specifically the Y button.
Even Sony’s new DualSense controllers for the PlayStation 5 have been experiencing drift since launch. Check out our article about the real science behind controller drift to learn more about why drift keeps popping up in controllers like the DualSense, Xbox controllers, and many, many Nintendo Joy-Cons.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.