Back in October, we learned that Nintendo isn’t the only company facing lawsuits over gaming controller issues – there was also a case brewing against Microsoft over Xbox One controller ‘stick drift’. Now, that class-action lawsuit has come to fruition, but Microsoft is hoping to keep things out of the court room.
The lawsuit was filed last year on behalf of a number of Xbox users, alleging that Xbox One controllers suffer from stick drift issues due to a design flaw that was undisclosed to customers. The complaint was amended a few months ago to add more plaintiffs and demand a jury trial.
As reported by VGC, Microsoft has responded to this amendment by filing a motion to compel arbitration and as a result, avoiding a jury trial. Microsoft says this is in accordance with the Services Agreement agreed to when buying an Xbox One controller, a similar clause is included in the service agreement for Xbox Live.
Due to these service agreements, Microsoft can argue that the plaintiffs agreed to not bring such a case to court. Whether or not a judge rules in Microsoft’s favour remains to be seen.
KitGuru Says: This isn’t an issue I’ve encountered with Xbox One controllers personally but I’ve known people who have been affected. Have any of you encountered stick drift issues with an Xbox One controller before?