Some users report that their Nintendo Switch consoles are warping when docked

midian182

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Just because a product is hugely successful, it doesn’t mean there aren't problems with it. Like Google’s Pixel phones, the Nintendo Switch is both popular and critically acclaimed, yet has suffered from its fair share of issues.

In addition to the lack of available units and Nintendo’s claims that dead/stuck pixels aren’t a defect, there have been numerous reports of problems with the left Joy-Con controller. Now, it seems there could be another manufacturing issue with certain Switch consoles, after some Reddit users found their handheld hybrids warping when docked for extended periods of gaming time.

User _NSR published a photo of their Switch that shows a clear curve in its body. They say it’s been sat in its dock "Atop my receiver, out in the open" and “only about 8-inches off the ground.”

“It does get very hot, considering how small the system is and it is outputting Breath of the Wild for long periods of time on a big screen, it may be too much for it to handle,” wrote _NSR.

While there have been a number of reported incidents of Switch consoles overheating while docked, it seems the warping may only happen in rare circumstances, possibly the result of a battery problem or thermal expansion.

At least one other Redditor, Magnaha23, said they also experienced warping, though not to the same extent. “It’s not super bad yet but it’s definitely noticeable. I just wanted it to get taken care of before it got too bad or it became really damaged. The support person agreed with me on that point. Let’s just say it could spin on my desk easily because it is not flat lol.”

The majority of those on thread say they haven’t experienced similar warping, despite using their consoles for long periods of time in the docked position, so this isn’t likely to be a widespread issue. Anyone who feels their Switch is starting to bend should contact Nintendo.

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Skidmarksdeluxe

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The sucke... err, buyers probably want curved screens seeing they're all the rage these days but are still very expensive. Now they can have it for free, gratis, nada, so why the hell are they complaining??? I don't get it.
 

Panda218

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Why demonize Nintendo when it comes to Dead or stuck pixels? every LCD manufacture has the same policy so I don't understand why everyone has to point fingers at Nintendo... I remember back when the PSP came out they had TONS of issues with dead or stuck pixels and wouldn't do anything about it. Luckily you can still return the product and hope you get one without issues.

I've not had a single issue with my Switch besides dropping it and breaking a joycon like an *****.
 

Kibaruk

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Why demonize Nintendo when it comes to Dead or stuck pixels? every LCD manufacture has the same policy so I don't understand why everyone has to point fingers at Nintendo... I remember back when the PSP came out they had TONS of issues with dead or stuck pixels and wouldn't do anything about it. Luckily you can still return the product and hope you get one without issues.

I've not had a single issue with my Switch besides dropping it and breaking a joycon like an *****.
Dude I think you just...(•_•) ( •_•)>⌐■-■ (⌐■_■) warped topics. YEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!
 

Panda218

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Dude I think you just...(•_•) ( •_•)>⌐■-■ (⌐■_■) warped topics. YEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!

I read the whole thing, but got really annoyed seeing

"In addition to the lack of available units and Nintendo’s claims that dead/stuck pixels aren’t a defect, there have been numerous reports of problems with the left Joy-Con controller."

I saw the post Saturday on Reddit, but there really hadnt been many others expressing concerns so I just brushed it under the rug. After seeing the tear down video I'm not surprised it bends after heating up half the device is a battery. Besides I'll probably bend it myself soon getting angry while playing Isaac or Has been heroes (by playing I mean failing).
 

FPSChris

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So at least one other Reddit user has this problem?
Exactly. I've only seen one report and it's completely unlikely there's no other factors in this.

I've had mine docked since day one, 150+ hours total use.
I've even had it undocked in the bath (gotta get those botw hours in) and not one problem.

Great journalism as usual. This guy should write for the UK sun paper.
 

Panda218

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The user who posted the original video just uploaded another video of his setup and the console... I think this is user error as he has his Switch dock set directly on top of his receivers exhaust vents.
 

ZackL04

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Setting "Atop" a receiver should be a dead giveaway why it gets so hot. They generate a lot of heat. Set top cable and sat. boxes do too. Best to set consoles on their own surface. Have we learned nothing from the x360 and ps3??