The new teardown video of the PS5 DualSense controller claims that its lifespan is “417 hours” until sticky drift occurs.
Those who are lucky enough to have access to the PS5 may have noticed that Sony’s powerful new game console does not only include sugar and rainbow. Some players reported that the terrible joystick drifting raised their ugly heads and seriously affected the gaming experience.
This prompted some YouTube channels to review the initial teardown video of the PS5’s DualSense controller to understand possible causes.
The YouTube channel iFixit recently uploaded a new video to explore DualSense. The result pointed to the controller was only about 41
This video introduces the controller and provides us with some detailed information about ALPS (manufacturer of joystick parts). The result shows that the expected life of the joystick is 2,000,000 cycles, and clicking the analog joystick will last about 500,000 cycles .
What does this mean? Well, the video above does some analysis of these cycles and turns them into something more digestible. According to iFixit’s analysis using the “Call of Duty: Battlefield” test, this may mean that the controller needs about 417 hours to reach the maximum life of the joystick.
From a deeper perspective, if you only play a PS5 console for two hours a day, you will get about seven months of usage before you start to notice the drift. This can only happen with this joystick hardware, because the general use of the controller will wear out the potentiometer over time, which is usually the cause of drifting.
Of course, depending on the game you play, the above numbers will be different for everyone. It’s also important to note that things like Call of Duty: Battlefield require a lot of movement and clicks, which will become a violent exercise on your controller, especially if you play for several hours at a time.
However, the most worrying part of all this is that those who watched the initial teardown video of the PS5 controller know that this is already the case.
The previous teardown video of iFixit clearly pointed out that the joystick in the DualSense is the same as the joystick in the PS4 controller and uses the same technology as the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Over the years, all these controllers have experienced some form of joystick drift, the most famous being PS4 DualShock and Nintendo’s JoyCons.
If you happen to experience joystick drift on the DualSense controller, this channel will list some options available to you. First, you can try to repair it yourself, or send it out for repair, or if the controller is still under warranty, you can try to contact Sony. If none of these options work, then you may just need to buy a brand new DualSense.
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