Some gamers who have succeededA shiny new DualSense controllers are reportedly experiencing drift where the joystick movement registers without touching them. Teardown expert iFixit found several possible reasons, and highlighted the similarity of Microsoft’s Xbox One and Nintendo’s Switch to the next gen Sony controller.
One possible reason is the internal potentiometer, used to measure the position and which you can wear down while playing. The springs that return your controller’s joystick to its neutral position can also plastic within the joystick. The accumulation of “grime, dust, moisture and other sewers” may also play a role.
According to IFixit, the joystick module is similar to the one found on the PS4’s DualShock 4, the Xbox One’s pad, and the Nintendo Switch Pro controller.
“When every console manufacturer avoids the uniqueness of its controllers, the joystick hardware at the bottom is not only dead simple, it’s almost universally the same – not just the same technology, but literally the same part,” The tear site said in a release.
“That company has rated the hardware for a limited number of usage cycles – which Sony and others are well aware of – that you can easily burn in a few months, if you play an average of two hours a day.”
Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.