This Is Why PS5 Controllers Drift


The discussion of controller drift is not a new one, as this issue has occurred since the advent of analogue sticks decades ago. However, the subject has attracted increased media scrutiny in recent years due to the Nintendo Switch, and now it’s Sony’s new DualSense controller for the PlayStation 5 that’s underfire.

Recently, a legal team launched a class action lawsuit against the Japanese manufacturer due to the ongoing issues, seeking compensation for its clients. Now an in-depth video published by iFixIt explains why controller drift occurs in the first place – and the reason it’s become so concerningly common.

It’s worth noting that, while the video focuses on the DualSense, the same issues can be attributed to practically all controllers – they’re all using the same parts, after all. In the video, it’s explained that wear to the potentiometers within the analogue sticks – the hardware designed to read your inputs – is to blame.


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