Here’s Why PS5 Joysticks Drift (and Why They’ll Only Get Worse)

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Mere months have passed since the PS5’s hotly anticipated launch, and already there’s a class-action lawsuit brewing over joystick drift on Sony’s high-tech DualSense controllers. Who could have seen this coming? Well, as it turns out, everyone. Everyone should have seen this coming. Because for all its exciting new tech, the DualSense uses off-the-shelf joystick hardware with a long history of predictable, preventable issues. And now we’ve investigated those issues in excruciating detail.
Sony isn’t the only company to use off-the-shelf joystick modules, but, like Microsoft, they’ve made it difficult to repair this consumable component. Joysticks have a known life expectancy-it’s listed right in a product sheet from the manufacturer. In this video, we head back inside a DualSense controller to see what is failing, and how.
You can read more about joystick drift in our blog post on
Links to other videos we reference in this video:
XQGaming: How to Repair Xbox One Analog Stick Input
My Mate VINCE: Xbox One Controller - Trying different ways to FIX Stick Drift
SOSS GAMING: How to Replace Xbox One Controller Analog Joystick - Fix Stick Drift & More
SOSS GAMING: How to Replace Xbox One Controller Analog Joystick - NEW METHOD [...]
CYBER DIVER: 【SCUF/PS4コントローラー】【修理/分解】 勝手に動くスティックを新品に交換して修理する方法
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  1. iFixit
    Hace 9 días

    A few notes: We started this investigation due to reports of PS5 DualSense controllers drifting, but as we mention at 0:58, these findings apply to most modern joysticks! 3:14 that carbon pad has been scratched with a dental pick. The actual wear to the pads will look different, this was a demonstration since we didn't have a drifting DualSense. 3:50 sprinkling goldfish crackers into your joystick will not fix drift. Don't try this at home. Don't miss Margot the puppy desperately trying to eat Cheez-Its at 5:47

    1. Marcos Mendoza
      Marcos Mendoza
      Hace 7 horas

      What kind of dog is Margot at the end?

    2. Kaiser Soymilk
      Kaiser Soymilk
      Hace un día

      @Michael Ownage It depends on if the air manages to reach the sensor and if the reason for the drift was dirt on the sensor. If the air cannot reach the sensor and if the reason for the drift was not dirt then it won't work.

    3. Michael Ownage
      Michael Ownage
      Hace 2 días

      I've had mine since it came out and there just starting the Drift so if I clean it with a can of air will that work

    4. Damon Harper
      Damon Harper
      Hace 2 días

      Xbox fan boys

    5. Ronald V
      Ronald V
      Hace 3 días

      A controller redesign with inter-changable Joy-cons would not be cheap sir. The only way to do that is to encase the joy-cons in a housing that can be removed from the joy-stick. Lawsuits would in-sue from children sticking that part in their mouth. Don't blame the Industry not wanting to get sued from Bad Parenting. So if the drifting is caused by Bad Up Keep, then it's Not the Manufacturers fault for players who are Slobs playing with their joy-sticks with dirty hands or eating while playing. It's not their problem by proof of this video.

  2. Keenan Tollett
    Keenan Tollett
    Hace un hora

    I feel like the thrustmaster eswap controller has the right idea with the modular design. Price point is a little high though.

  3. Craig Powell
    Craig Powell
    Hace un hora

    because sony lol but awesome video super helpful

  4. nomar mar
    nomar mar
    Hace un hora

    i just want a 3rd party ps5 controller . i never use the controllers sony provides and having to use it for the ps5 is just till i can get one from Nacon or Razer

  5. sounghungi
    Hace 2 horas

    I wonder if this is a result of controllers using less voltage. I know with the Omron switches in mouses, they have a double click issue because of the lower voltage to increase battery life

  6. Andrew Gonzalez
    Andrew Gonzalez
    Hace 2 horas

    Why would they want to fix something that’s making them tons of money? Each controller is $70.

  7. Joe Mac
    Joe Mac
    Hace 4 horas


  8. Vane Naumovski
    Vane Naumovski
    Hace 4 horas

    this is why I hate sony. my right adaptive trigger slightly broke it feels lose and not stirdy like my left one and it's a matter of time when are the joysticks gonna start drifting. FFS.

  9. Daniel Archer
    Daniel Archer
    Hace 4 horas

    *4 options: use mouse and keyboard

  10. Jackie L
    Jackie L
    Hace 5 horas

    Sony taking a cue from Apple eh.

  11. joshua lyons
    joshua lyons
    Hace 7 horas

    I bought 4 different ps4 controllers within about 3 years.... oh sweet. ps5 is going to be the same......

  12. Samuel Solomon
    Samuel Solomon
    Hace 10 horas

    Remember: sony specifically designed the ps5 so you can only use the newest controller to play the newest games on ps5. No ps4 controllers will be allowed to work on the latest releases, despite the controller being almost exactly the same buttonwise. At least since the last time I read about it. They're charging $70 for just one of these. And they are far more likely to start deteriorating than most controllers released in the past. Sony is just ripping us off. This needs to stop.

  13. mpa324
    Hace 10 horas

    I just like to thank the early buyers for being the beta testers, I'll wait for the updated version before getting one.

  14. sissywizard
    Hace 11 horas

    Yeah I replaced my joycons three times because all of them had drift, and also bought aftermarket controllers that had drift issues. I just refuse to use my switch anymore. Really defeating to spend all that money for essentially broken hardware, and i still am using the same Xbox 360 controller that I've had for literally 10 years, the only one. Travelled with me in my suitcase, backpack, generally abused over the years. Still works perfectly every single time.

  15. Fidel Perez
    Fidel Perez
    Hace 11 horas

    planned obsolescence

  16. Tazmania 77
    Tazmania 77
    Hace 11 horas

    Reminds of when I bought a brand new PS4 controller and it stick drifted in a week

  17. NanoChad
    Hace 12 horas

    I'd say that's encouraging. I have probably 1000 hours on my ps4 controllers and they still work fine. Even just 400 hours out of a $75 device I'd say is reasonable. Although, being able to replace the sticks like he suggested would be a nice feature.

  18. Brandon
    Hace 12 horas

    It makes soo much sense now why these controllers are soo expensive. They know they're gonna fail over a period of time. It's almost like the ink cartridge scam... This is just sad~

  19. daken howlett
    daken howlett
    Hace 12 horas

    Wow they made that complicated to fix. I was happy to replace the joy sticks on my n64 controller. But yikes 90 bucks for my ps5 controller and in no time it will be trash :(

  20. Chandler T
    Chandler T
    Hace 13 horas

    If this isnt a reason to buy an xbox idk what is.

  21. NVS4k
    Hace 13 horas

    I think the whole reason why they don’t take that in ovation is cuz a broken controller most likely for a less knowledgeable consumer like e who didn’t know about this till now (and has had this happen to my own controller) is cuz they’ll mostly go but a new one

  22. L6Rx_69
    Hace 14 horas

    As a wise man once said :“ it's evolving, just backwards”

  23. Chaldean Kurdistani
    Chaldean Kurdistani
    Hace 14 horas

    Its all a scheme to buy a new controller. I have been a long user of ps i had the ps1 ps2 ps3 ps4 and i think im switching to xbox

  24. Aiden Macleod
    Aiden Macleod
    Hace 15 horas

    So, Sony just used whatever was lying around the shop when they built these controllers? Makes you wonder what other shortcuts they took liberties with, doesn't it?

  25. Jeremiah Deguzman
    Jeremiah Deguzman
    Hace 15 horas

    It's not til the end but... Pet the doggo and he won't go after your cheezits

  26. Mangos Tech Corner
    Mangos Tech Corner
    Hace 15 horas

    why am I wathcing all these PS5 videos, I dont even own a game console

  27. Auxell
    Hace 16 horas

    lol new analog keyboard switches are BETTER than the new ps5 controller

  28. Sahil P
    Sahil P
    Hace 16 horas

    This is some universe level bullshit right here. He literally just said in his own video that PS4, Xbox one, Series X and PS5 all use the same joystick hardware. Then why only the PS5 has this issue huh? Did they throw common sense out the window?

  29. More Art Than Human
    More Art Than Human
    Hace 17 horas

    I hope y’all know this is always done on purpose. It’s a ploy to make even more money lol. Slight business secret

  30. J L
    J L
    Hace 17 horas

    I don't know what you people are doing with your controllers but i never had this problem. If its wonky within 2 years its still under warenty so you'll get a free replacement. After that just open it up and all i had to do is clean it. Airdust the mechanism under the sticks, some contact spray and finish off with a drup of wd40. Good as new. And ofcourse replace the silicone pads under the triggers. Hook up your controller to a read out program from time to time, see how little force it needs to go to 100% input. Manhandling your controller really isn't going to make you better at the game .

  31. Isak Cady
    Isak Cady
    Hace 18 horas

    Wow. This was very well explained. As someone who is only recently getting into electronic repairs, you were able to help me understand complex subject matter in just a few minutes. Thank you.

  32. Keiichi81
    Hace 18 horas

    "After this research, it's bizarre to us that console makers don't consider joysticks to be consumable parts and design them to be easily replaced." Is it really? Obviously they make more money by forcing people to drop $60 on a whole new controller rather than allowing customers to easily swap out a cheap component to make them last longer.

  33. GyroScope
    Hace 18 horas

    "The PS5 has been out for a few months now" Has it? Pretty sure only like two of those things exist

  34. Shinko666
    Hace 19 horas

    laughing in mouse and keyboard

  35. bongcrusha420
    Hace 19 horas

    you think they dont realize how fast they break? and why they are so hard for the average person to fix? They know console pesants will just go and buy a new controller when it gets bad enough. Pc Master Race

  36. The infinite Loopdaed
    The infinite Loopdaed
    Hace 19 horas

    What do you mean by drifting

  37. William Baratto Clos
    William Baratto Clos
    Hace 19 horas

    I always struggled to fully grasp how exactly drift happened. Usual explanations just mention occasional wear or dirt buildup. This was very informative!!!

  38. M
    Hace 20 horas

    So if all the controllers(ps4, xbox one, switch pro) are using the same exact joystick hardware why is this mostly happening to just the ps5's controller

  39. Coffee Prosecutor
    Coffee Prosecutor
    Hace 21 un hora

    Suddenly, I am not so sad about not having a PS5, yet. But I deel deeply sorry for anyone that got ripped off.

  40. Tlot Pwist
    Tlot Pwist
    Hace 21 un hora

    This will only end when our lawmakers have the balls to pass laws imposing a larger minimum guarantee (lets say 10 years) to any electronic products sold

  41. Nonky Nonk
    Nonky Nonk
    Hace 21 un hora

    They know they are consumable, they just act like they don’t to make more money

  42. Brian Jackson
    Brian Jackson
    Hace 21 un hora

    I will stick to my ps4 slim 1tb with pride.

  43. Tom Z
    Tom Z
    Hace 21 un hora

    This doesn't explain the problem with the PS5 controllers. My PS4 and XB1 controllers took years to develop these issues. Both of my PS5 controllers are have issues after 5 weeks. If they use the same joystick internals, maybe something else is wrong.

  44. TheKen661
    Hace 21 un hora

    I had the same problem with my PS3 joystick. I never attempted the repair because of the labor and technical knowledge needed. Buying a replacement was the easiest fix but even after buying 2 replacement joysticks I still can't get the same feel and accuracy of my original joystick. I suspect this problem is a money cow for Sony thus they have no incentive to redesign the joystick.

  45. BoneZone
    Hace 21 un hora

    Grow up and get a PC

  46. David Griffiths
    David Griffiths
    Hace 22 horas

    Maybe time to use optical encoders instead of cheap pots? Of course would raise the price but if people want more reliability there’s a path forward. Or they can just use them as the disposable items they are.

  47. f1r3 hunt3rz
    f1r3 hunt3rz
    Hace 22 horas

    The old stuff were better built.

  48. Wompa Stompa
    Wompa Stompa
    Hace 22 horas

    >my N64 joysticks still work fine *crack *sip Yep, they just don't make 'em like they used to.

  49. SilverSpades
    Hace 22 horas

    Veteran PSP owners: “what is old becomes new again…”

    1. SilverSpades
      Hace 19 horas

      @Portable Awesome I’ve had 5 psps and they have all experienced drift 😭 I’ve even managed to fix some of the drifting in one of them but it always returns due to debris and lint getting in the way of the joystick

    2. Portable Awesome
      Portable Awesome
      Hace 19 horas

      I've had my psp for god knows how long and I never experienced drift

  50. HaiDere
    Hace 23 horas

    hey another dweeb

  51. Snowdenbleep
    Hace 23 horas

    This should be linked in with the Right To Repair movement, taking on the lobbyists from silicon valley.

  52. G P
    G P
    Hace 23 horas

    Sony probably did it on purpose, to gain attention, think about it, all there do is reissue the problem, but have made the headlines over xbox No one will care as long as its fixed

  53. Gama Garcia
    Gama Garcia
    Hace 23 horas

    And yet here im playing with booth my n64 and xbox original controllers, what's the matters

  54. Richard Dean Tomas
    Richard Dean Tomas
    Hace 23 horas

    Either they offer a longer and broader warranty coverage for their controllers, or sell them at a lower price.

  55. s h a d ø w b a n n e d
    s h a d ø w b a n n e d
    Hace un día

    Eventually, Sony will add a timer so they only last 24 hours.

  56. FlowOne
    Hace un día

    Switch Players: First Time?

  57. sukkamus1
    Hace un día

    Sony watching this: Wait, that is illegal

  58. Darien Brewer
    Darien Brewer
    Hace un día

    They do this on purpose so you have to continuously buy new controllers. If the controllers lasted too long they wouldn't make much money.

  59. DannyBoi
    Hace un día

    Cant lie, i thought idubbz was teaching me about analog sticks.

  60. Luke Perovic
    Luke Perovic
    Hace un día

    This is why you never buy consoles on the first few batches

  61. James
    Hace un día

    I have never had any drifting issues except for the switch Joycons, every single one i have had has drifted with with in a 12-18 month period.

  62. Whatever&Stuff
    Hace un día

    There's an L in solder.

  63. I’m the machine
    I’m the machine
    Hace un día

    Wow ,what a great informative video! Why can't they make better components .There has to be a way to make these parts more durable.

  64. the.great.below.
    Hace un día

    Good video. Thx!

  65. Casey wasey
    Casey wasey
    Hace un día

    Every controller will drift.

  66. Isaac Alonzo
    Isaac Alonzo
    Hace un día

    They fail to recognize the potential revenue from spare parts

  67. Harry Whyatt
    Harry Whyatt
    Hace un día

    So.... Get a PC

  68. smurger burger
    smurger burger
    Hace un día

    Come join us on xbox brothers

    1. Back up Account
      Back up Account
      Hace 7 horas

      Stop it they have the same problem

  69. Coaxill
    Hace un día

    400 hours of gameplay? That's pathetic! A hardcore gamer could easily wear these things out in well under a year, and lasting a year should be the barest minimum for even budget electronics.

  70. Paranuts 76
    Paranuts 76
    Hace un día

    Oculus quest joysticks fail fast. Just got my second pair replaced, may last 3-6 months.

  71. Tru Maverick
    Tru Maverick
    Hace un día

    My Ps1 controller: Im still good.

  72. Coaxill
    Hace un día

    Is the drift worse than the PS4 version? Personally I'm quite happy with my PS4 controller personally.

  73. Troop
    Hace un día

    My PS1 controller works perfectly fine, but I had to buy another PS4 controller, why?

  74. STBiLL
    Hace un día

    I'm using an Xbox360 wired controller for over 10 years on my PC and never had that issue.

    1. STBiLL
      Hace 22 horas

      @Jay Jackson Yeah. They don't build them like they used to.

    2. Jay Jackson
      Jay Jackson
      Hace 22 horas

      Same. Had to buy multiple Xbox one And PS4 controllers because of the drift, yet my 360 controller(wired) that I bought with the console still works like a dream lol.

  75. Shammy Ali
    Shammy Ali
    Hace un día

    would PS3 controller joysticks work in a PS5 controller? 🧐

  76. oookaayy doood
    oookaayy doood
    Hace un día

    The xbox controller is the only one of the three that doesnt have drift because Microsoft actually cares about their products.

  77. Jubulburb Wuldrd
    Jubulburb Wuldrd
    Hace un día

    lol they do consider gamepads itself as consumables

  78. Sun Chips
    Sun Chips
    Hace un día

    My Dreamcast controllers are still going strong 💪

  79. JC Denton
    JC Denton
    Hace un día

    My 360 controller drifts but I've used it since 2014. The sticks wobble a bit so think they're wearing away.

  80. Scarlight Knight
    Scarlight Knight
    Hace un día

    I mean all things considered Drift has been a common thing on nearly all controllers since forever so this isn't anything new, I'd be more interested if they said they made it easier to repair or replace them.. just sayin

  81. Israel Aldridge
    Israel Aldridge
    Hace un día

    Yea, this is definitely an issue across the newer controllers especially. My series X controllers right stick just sends me looking into the sky in call of duty already while my One X controller has tons more hours of gaming and works perfectly.

  82. Alan Smith
    Alan Smith
    Hace un día

    How interesting. Called Sony 2 months ago for controller drift issue and they said it was a software issue and that they were aware of it and would release software update to fix it and wouldn’t take my controller in for fixing. Clearly they lied.

  83. Richard Martin
    Richard Martin
    Hace un día

    I like it when skinny guys like him pretend to know better than engineers :)

  84. Krishna Modak
    Krishna Modak
    Hace un día

    Seems like realist haptic feedback isn’t the only thing Sony copied from the Switch

  85. Awsomeisimo
    Hace un día

    Wow, like this could be fixed by increasing the deadzone a bit

  86. Edgar Guillen
    Edgar Guillen
    Hace un día

    Too expensive glad I didn’t get the ps5.

  87. frank grimes
    frank grimes
    Hace un día

    Never had a drift problem with any of my controllers in 30-plus years, but then I actually take care of my stuff.

  88. Chris S
    Chris S
    Hace un día

    The only thing that bothers me is that I have to pay to package and ship the faulty controller back to Sony in order for them to dump a refurbished one in a box and send it back to me. I still have my PS4 controller so I can play non PS5 games until it returns so that isn't too upsetting.

  89. XerosXIII
    Hace un día

    meanwhile my PS1 controller still work like a beast

  90. Keanu Vernon
    Keanu Vernon
    Hace un día

    Hot air is okay but you may fry the board. I've heard that chipquick might be good on a budget but I don't use it.

  91. Idiot Kings
    Idiot Kings
    Hace un día

    Luckily I haven’t had any issues yet, nor have my friends that got theirs on release day. Fingers crossed

  92. ZuldaFTW
    Hace un día

    I’ll say this my dual shock 4 is drifting and it’s the new DS4 with the PS4 PRO, I just opened my DualShock 4 and sprayed the joysticks with WD Electronic spray and they work fine, it will be a temporary fix. It also works for the joycon also.

  93. EZ Assegai
    EZ Assegai
    Hace un día

    sony can shove their trashcan 5 up their greedy arses.

  94. Cuong Nguyen
    Cuong Nguyen
    Hace un día

    here's the solution: buy a mouse!

    Hace un día

    I guess it’s time for a pc🙃

  96. dtr. jaden
    dtr. jaden
    Hace un día

    PC players are probably laughing their asses off 😂

  97. MuGenKai
    Hace un día

    Why has no one made any upgrades yet?

  98. Mark Wheeler
    Mark Wheeler
    Hace un día

    2021 and console manufacturers don’t seem to be able to make quality sticks on their pads! That’s crazy considering I’ve got pads from back in the 90s that have no issues

  99. Vit
    Hace un día

    First the switch. Then the index. Now this.

  100. pegeta
    Hace un día

    So you mean to tell me I shouldn't bother to buy a PlayStation for another 6 months even if I could find one thank you!