DualSense Teardown Shows Drifting Issues Should Have Been Expected


With a class-action lawsuit not too long ago filed towards Sony over points with DualSense controllers’ drifting analog sticks, the corporate could possibly be methods it will possibly enhance the design. Unfortunately, the issue does not appear to be it has a straightforward repair.

In a brand new video from iFixit, the location seems to be into the explanation why the issue is turning into extra prevalent, and it discovered the DualSense is utilizing “off the shelf” joystick modules which were susceptible to drifting up to now. The similar module is utilized by a whole lot of different controllers, too, together with the Nintendo Switch Pro controller and the Xbox Elite controller, the latter of which has seen drifting problems with its personal.

The joysticks aren’t straightforward to take away for fast alternative, both. On the DualSense, haptic motor wires are soldered to the board, and these have to be eliminated earlier than you are able to do the rest. Once that is completed, 14 totally different solder factors have to be melted to get off the joystick module in any respect.

Getting into the module reveals potentiometers that may be worn down over time, which may result in inconsistencies, plastics that may grind and trigger mud buildup, and a spring inside can stretch and not go utterly again to center–giving your controller a brand new impartial level that might result in your character strolling to at least one aspect whenever you aren’t utilizing the stick in any respect. What’s extra? these elements are rated as having a lifespan that might trigger them to fail in only a few hundred hours of playtime, relying on the sport in query.

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If your controllers aren’t beneath guarantee and you do not need to repair the issue your self, your solely actual choice proper now’s to purchase a brand new controller. With trendy controllers being fairly costly, nonetheless, that is not a really perfect resolution.

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