A strange patent application filed by Nintendo in Japan, fans speculate its purpose, even before the necessary speculation as to whether it will really become a peripheral that people can buy for the Switch. But here's a pair of Joy-Cons with a hinge.
The hinge rotates the top of each Joy-Con (left miniature finger to the left; face buttons to the right) down or away from the wearer, at an angle of about 20 to 30 degrees (here is the eye ball). Taken against the natural hand posture with a thumb in the wand, this seems to be an ergonomic improvement.
It appears to have a second design, with the bottom of the controller also slightly angled, for added ergonomic strength. The Joy-Con retains a straight inner railing so that it still attaches to the standard Nintendo Switch unit. And since the dock's body doesn't extend beyond the width of the screen, it's not a concern for a switch equipped with several of them.
The images below in the patent application show that this is a moving hinge, with the Joy-Con lockable flat for use in its traditional two-player separate manner. Relatedly, I suppose it would be for power users who make the most of their game manually and want a better snicker snicker.
The commenters on this Reddit thread show the fact that Joy-Cons are already so small that a single revision does not leave much room for new things. The upcoming Nintendo Switch Lite, whose controllers cannot be separated, had to throw out an HD tweak and an infrared motion camera because of the smaller footprint. The hinge may also sacrifice some other functionality.
So, if it ever goes on the market, it may be more of a novelty than a new standard for official Switch controllers. Why not, even at $ 79.99 per set, many people have a plethora of Joy-Cons for no other reason than the attractive colors. The latest information we have about the new Joy-Cons relates to the new shades available on October 4 (for a total of 1