According to experts, the DualSense controller has a service life of only 400 hours


So far, reports have been almost exclusively positive about the DualSense controller. In the meantime, however, there are also some messages regarding the analog stick drift, which means that input commands are sent to the console without outside interference, thereby triggering movements in the game.

Exactly this problem has now been scrutinized in a technology video from iFixit. It turned out that the controller, which is actually highly praised, therefore has a functional life of just over 400 hours. This information should even worsen over time.

Described in more detail, you can watch how the DualSense controller is disassembled into its individual parts by an expert. © The y came across the Alps-Alpine module, which is also used in other controllers. In addition to the PS4 gamepad, this includes the Xbox One Elite controller and Nintendo’s Pro controller. Various users on the network also reported the problem with these devices.

To give you an overview: Electrical resistance components have been built into the controller, which ensure that you can move the joysticks in all directions. ©

 The  developers implemented a spring so that the actuated joystick is automatically returned to the center. Another component allows you to press the joystick.

© The se causes are possible

According to the expert, there are four reasons why the dreaded stick drift occurs in some cases:

  1. © The  wear and tear of the resistor components: Depending on the use and playing style, the life of your controller will be shortened. Continuous movement of the sticks can cause deviations over time, causing the resistance value to shift. ©

     The  first person shooter “Call of Duty: Warzone” is mentioned as an example, in which both joysticks are permanently in use and are accordingly heavily loaded. Here the controller should give up the ghost after exactly 417 hours. With an average playing time of two hours per day, the device will last about half a year.

  2. A lending pen: ©

     The  built-in spring also shows signs of wear after a while. Frequent play over a long period of time causes the spring to expand, which can shift the starting position. If this happens, input commands are sent without using the joysticks.

  3. High proportion of plastic: ©

     The  resulting friction in the controller causes damage to the installed components, to which the high proportion of plastic also contributes.

  4. Dirt and the like: Last but not least, dirt that gets into the controller from the outside can encourage or exacerbate the drift problem.

A US law firm has already filed a class action lawsuit over this inconvenience. However, Sony offers a guarantee, which is why this approach is unlikely to be successful.

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If you have already encountered the problem, there are three options. You try to repair the controller yourself with the help of a tutorial or you make use of the one-year manufacturer’s guarantee. You have to be prepared for a longer waiting time. If this has already expired (which is not yet possible) or if you have bought an unofficial device, you probably have no choice but to buy a new controller.

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