Xbox Controller Drift Class-Action Lawsuit Enters Arbitration

A controller drift lawsuit in the Xbox One’s Elite Controller is currently in arbitration, which means it will be settled out of court.

A high profile class action lawsuit for drift in the Xbox Elite Controller has been put into arbitration which means it will hopefully be settled outside of the courtroom. This case was filed last April when Microsoft was accused of neglecting a defect in the designer controllers that caused the above abnormality.

This discrepancy occurs when wear and tear on a controller’s joystick appears to be locked in a moving position, and the character or camera of a game slips uncontrollably, even if the stick is not pushed at all. This makes simple tasks like navigating the start menu a nightmare for the players. The law firm Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith (CSK & D), which first filed its complaint against Microsoft a year ago, has bought defective Xbox Elite controllers from gamers who have experienced this problem in order to take action against the tech giant. In the meantime, Microsoft has moved to settle this case outside of the courtroom – and now it seems like it is fulfilling its request.

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As VGC reported late yesterday afternoon, the class action lawsuit filed by CSK & D against Microsoft regarding the Xbox Elite controller has been moved to arbitration, meaning it will be considered out of court by an impartial judge. CSK&D partner Benjamin Johns has since stated that this will likely be the “end of the road” for their case, but the company has reiterated that it intends to continue its efforts to seek compensation for gamers affected by the Xbox Elite drift problem. Controllers are concerned, move forward.

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Microsoft is far from being the first console maker to face legal action over defective controllers in recent years, as Nintendo has faced similar litigation since 2019 regarding the drift of the Switch’s Joy-Con controller, a situation that Concerning Nintendo’s own executives, they were forced to speak up and apologize. Similarly, CSK & D filed a lawsuit against Sony in February after the company set up a website that allowed gamers to report discrepancies in the PS5’s DualSense controller.

CSK & D’s staff seem to be implying that their case against Microsoft is about to end, but it’s just the beginning to address the root causes of this recurring drift problem that is becoming increasingly common in both last and current generation controllers . Regardless of how the judge decides on the case Xbox Elite controllers, hopefully console manufacturers can get the situation under control and the affected players can be adequately compensated for the problem.

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Source: VGC

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