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

Feb 19, 2021
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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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  • 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

    iFixitiFixit15 days ago
    • Im going to stick to the Ps4 controllers mainly because there arent any good mods for ps5 controllers yet. The transparent ps4 controller is a good mod and once a transparent ps5 controller mod comes out I will be looking foward to getting that instead because its cool to see all the circuitry and components from the inside.

      Cay9sCay9s3 days ago
    • Would love to know what quality of heat-gun you're using. I've tried SMD291 solder, heat-tape, and blasted it with a 2000watt heat-gun until the thermal fuse kicks into the gun. The solder will not budge for me. Would really appreciate some guidance. I'm looking to lighten these sticks to help disabled people with weak muscles.

      OneSwitchOneSwitch3 days ago
    • @jub8891 They're just focusing on Sony so internet nerds can direct their irrational rage at someone.

      jbulmerjbulmer5 days ago
    • @Etrigan Slaves to be fair. 1st generation xbox (im talking xbox classic) always had a broken right trigger problem

      ArtimennerArtimenner5 days ago
    • What kind of dog is Margot at the end?

      Marcos MendozaMarcos Mendoza6 days ago
  • Well duelshock 4 looks like our friendship is not over yet 😂

    Sega StationSega Station2 hours ago
  • The Sony fan boys will never believe this lol

    85kentray85kentray3 hours ago
  • No wonder my duel shock 4 pads were always drifting. I went through loads of pads and they all have this issue. Only reason why I had to replace them.

    PS4sos21PS4sos214 hours ago
  • i wasn’t the only one...that’s a relief...MGSV has been the only game I’ve seen this happy in-game (AC:V also but only when I view the map). Honestly, I’m just happy to have one. It’s been a blast.

    Yo MYo M7 hours ago
  • Might want to quickly define drifting before you get started.

    HoldenHolden7 hours ago
  • So what your saying is....we need to evolve and figure out a new method for controlling things.

    Demon1337Demon13378 hours ago
  • Thats why i dont press L3 and R3

    777 777777 7779 hours ago
  • I hate how a lot of the more recent controllers feel cheap and have so many problems. My old Xbox 360 controllers feel great and don’t have any problems.

    Michael ScottMichael Scott14 hours ago
  • me with my Xbox series x controller thats over 4 months old and still no drift 🤗 my buddy with his 2 month old ps5 dual sense controller that has developed stick drift 😒😂

    Da BuuchiDa Buuchi15 hours ago
  • I had drift issues in 2 of 3 PS4 controllers I had but that was after a few years. Apparently they didn't do anything to address that which is disappointing. It's just not worth the time to fix these things and I'm sure they know that.

    JakeJake16 hours ago
  • I have that same BB8 cup. Got it from Disney world :)

    Fritos PieFritos Pie17 hours ago
  • I've never had drift before, but my daily fiver xb1 controller I use on pc and Xbox has at least 2000 hours on it between different games so if it starts drifting soon I won't care because that is a good long use i think.

    Case ParkerCase Parker18 hours ago
  • Fs Sony!

    lolz0r16lolz0r1622 hours ago
  • My controller is not drifting but i am seeing the video :)

    Gayatri VermaGayatri VermaDay ago
  • old tech is better i never had drift issue ever with PS2 or PS3 controllers they still work today, its terrible that new consoles have this dam issue

    kyotheman69kyotheman69Day ago
  • Xbox Series X controller >

    Chocolate Ice CreamChocolate Ice CreamDay ago
  • A ps2 controller works better than this wth is happening to Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft

    Thepotato _isoThepotato _isoDay ago
  • This is why you don't buy a brand new console, there will always be problems and bugs and at the end of the day you could very well spend 500-700$ for a console that can catch fire as soon as you turn it on,, just wait a while. The price will drop and the bugs will be squished and any other problems will be resolved

    Its_only_ KarmaIts_only_ KarmaDay ago
  • Mine isn’t drifting but now that I saw this video I bet it is.

    AndiRAin1AndiRAin1Day ago
  • Mine has drift

    Da_Boss_3807Da_Boss_3807Day ago
  • I mean, seems like crappy joystics are at fault lol. They could fix the crum issue by isolating the inner workings better, prevent sensor rub by using hall effect sensors and prevent drift from wear by using metal parts or simply different, higher grade plastic. Its probs intentionally made like crap to both promote more replacments and make manufacturing cheaper.

    Flaze DergFlaze DergDay ago
  • Great glad that the future of video games is controllers breaking after a month

    Aaron ThomasAaron ThomasDay ago
  • and somehow my Gamecube controller from 2003 still works flawlessly after 17 years and thousands of hours of Smash Bros. abuse

    SomeRandomGuySomeRandomGuyDay ago
  • I hope the class action lawsuit nails sony to the wall. The controller should last for decades.

    RDBRDBDay ago
  • so all controllers are affected but why people does not care on other platforms?

    vadim negruvadim negru2 days ago
    • @Fox McFog sooo if i want good gamepad for my PC i should buy Logitech or Razer?

      vadim negruvadim negruDay ago
    • You've been living under a rock, people are pissed at Nintendo and Xbox too

      Fox McFogFox McFogDay ago
  • I don’t have drift but I do have a loose R2 😡

    balta loubalta lou2 days ago
  • Ohh thank you I was wondering why it was drifting I mean it isn’t bad bad but I notice it

    Diego LopezDiego Lopez2 days ago
  • Microsoft and Sony missed a big opportunity not making modular controllers.

  • Speak english nerd.

    President TrumpPresident Trump2 days ago
  • Thanks for this I will be getting Xbox for this gen instead of PS5

    President TrumpPresident Trump2 days ago
    • Xbox has this problem too

      Thepotato _isoThepotato _isoDay ago
  • PS4 had drift too

    President TrumpPresident Trump2 days ago
  • Me, a nintendo fan; Ha! Jokes on you, I'm already used to it

    KageusKageus2 days ago

    Polo PolaroidPolo Polaroid2 days ago
  • Given its omission in the video, is it safe to assume the Xbox series x controller uses better analog stick components?

    a fruit medleya fruit medley2 days ago
  • I got a extra controller w mine the first controller is very bad with the drifting atm. Scared on how long I got with the secondary I got rn.

    Draco GarciaDraco Garcia2 days ago
  • Seeing goldfish dust stuck in that joystick hurt my soul

    King MaraxusKing Maraxus2 days ago
  • Really great work on your part guys!

    kismetkismet2 days ago
  • Just sent my 4th Dualshock to Sony for drift repair, knowing i would still go through multiple controllers 🤮

    Sky WalkerSky Walker2 days ago
  • So not even Third-party controllers are drift free 😩

    Cool Down031Cool Down0313 days ago
  • pfft

    TheReal YodaTheReal Yoda3 days ago
  • This is why I don’t touch people. Let your dog lick your controller then touch your face then shake me hand? Yeah I’m alright mate, cheers.

    Ed McdanzaEd Mcdanza3 days ago
  • Sony is gonna be pissed when they see this.

    Cader LockeCader Locke3 days ago
  • Haven’t had that problem with my ps5 controllers yet however my PS4 controllers had a terrible drift problem

    Austin AnthonyAustin Anthony3 days ago
  • Your a simp¥

    bipolar diariesbipolar diaries3 days ago
  • The PS4 drift is just as bad. Games like warzone don't help. Having to press the stick with all your might just to tac sprint.

    KoKaneKoKane3 days ago
  • Pity ya cant use the old controllers 👌 Xbox if it ain't broke don't try fix it !

    Max PainMax Pain3 days ago
  • Finally encountered drift on PS5 after almost 4 months

    DioDio3 days ago
  • That’s why I buy controllers from Lifetime Controllers. If anything breaks, they fix/ replace it for life.

    Conrad MorenoConrad Moreno3 days ago
  • @ifixit Are the new EU Right to Repair laws going to cover this?

    James PurcellJames Purcell4 days ago
  • Usually the fix is to increase the dead zone.

    Thought CriminalThought Criminal4 days ago
  • How to FIX PS5

    Tech & KomsanTech & Komsan4 days ago
  • and yet my old ps2 and ps3 and ps4 controllers all keep working after years of intensive play. majority are still doing fine I believe, just have to accept to be the unlucky one sometimes.

    Remi TemmosRemi Temmos4 days ago
  • And this is why I switched to pc man consoles are going down

    Wavy LoneWavy Lone4 days ago
  • I’ve had it since the release and never had any Problems. My brother did too and still works perfect. Lmao go to Xbox

  • This is just sad, not just for PS but for the whole industry. Remember when controllers could actually be reliable? I still have my original GCN and Wii controllers and the joysticks work great on them after years of use

    TheDerpyDolphinTheDerpyDolphin4 days ago
  • SEGA, we beg you to make a Dreamcast 2.

    DerpsterDerpster4 days ago
  • PS5 gamers: Why is this happening? Switch gamers: first time?

    Monsieur Dupond's CompanionMonsieur Dupond's Companion4 days ago
  • This guy is going to be the reason everyone break's their controller. Unless you are tech savvy please don't take your controller apart. You'll have a lot more to worry about than stick drift. Id recommend people start purchasing insurance with they're controller.

    nick_313nick_3134 days ago
  • me before video: *expects a simple explanation* me after video: *Master's degree in robotics*

    Justin Y's 1,000th cloneJustin Y's 1,000th clone4 days ago
  • Could you fix my joystick 🕹 it’s out control. I would pay 💰

    Daniel NievesDaniel Nieves4 days ago
  • I had this trouble with xbox since the 360 two of my one's controller have this problem

    Mimi420KMimi420K4 days ago
    • at least they repleace it easily

      LegacyRXTLegacyRXT3 days ago
  • Put them in the dishwasher once a month.

    B B64B B644 days ago
  • My ps 2 Controllers never got broken My ps 3 Controllers got rarely broken My ps 4 Controllers got a bit more broken but the charge for the ps 4 Controllers got broken so many times

    fisch mustafabalfisch mustafabal4 days ago
  • i never thought i could feel this much sympathy for a console i dont own, but i own a switch.

    SeabassSeabass4 days ago
  • While the focus shifts to Sony and Nintendo, Microsoft is somewhere in the background inconspicuously trying to scoot the Elite Series 2 out of our peripheral vision.

    Ryan FRyan F4 days ago
  • This mean I should be replacing my old DS4 with another DS4, or still go for the Dual Sense?

    snaesnae4 days ago
  • I have ADHD and have been hyper focused of this type stuff for like 2 weeks straight now. Good video.

    Chase CanteesChase Cantees4 days ago
  • I got a ps2 with no other consoles, but my controllers still work perfectly.

    StickuraiStickurai4 days ago
  • how about using an optical encoders instead of potentiometers ?

    brett20000000009brett200000000094 days ago
  • Learn soldering. If there's a time when it's worth it - it's now. No really, It's inexpensive and not that hard, why waste your time with "I don't want to solder, but want a magic trick" bullshit?

    barkley128barkley1284 days ago
  • Sony already publicly admitted they cut corners for quality just to be able to sell it at the price they are and even then they're still technically losing money for every ps5 sold. Look it up.

    Joe ShmoJoe Shmo4 days ago
  • they dont make it better so that people will buy more controlers which means more money in their pockets

    Cameron G.Cameron G.4 days ago
  • Yes I'm big smart console gamer I know how saw der ang I big brains and do know smarts it big brain time.

    JosephJoseph4 days ago
  • As long as you don't play any souls games you should be fine.

    White PinesWhite Pines4 days ago
  • Doggo desperately trying to get some cheezits. 😄❤

    saitojharrysaitojharry4 days ago
  • Well, does that change my decision of getting a PS5? It doesn't. I'm gonna be very careful with the DualSense Controller.

    Reiana E. SmileyReiana E. Smiley4 days ago
  • "its bizzare that console makers dont consider.."" blah blah you can't be that naive can you :) if it breaks and cant be easily fixed consumer will have to buy a new one bringing more profit. why you think there is such a fight back against right to repair bill ? why apple devices are not designed to repair failed components but rather expect you to buy new device ? it is same with everything, squeeze as much money from consumers as possible coz shareholders expect growing profits year by year and this is a fact for any and all companies.

    NezaluNezalu4 days ago
  • I'm wondering if the Sony tards will call this out and protest it just like y'all did to Nintendo. At least Nintendo is replacing joycons for free and joycons actually last longer than these ones.

    BaddieUniverseBaddieUniverse4 days ago
  • PS5 : Formula Drift

    akhtar razzanakhtar razzan4 days ago
  • These companies have pushed greed too far. I think it's obvious the ideal situation for them is that your device fails shortly after the warranty period expires so you have to pay for a new one, but clearly they pushed it too far and they are failing much sooner than expected for some people.

    SkulletSkullet4 days ago
  • My interest in the PS5/XoneX is predominantly low. Historically low. Still happy with my PS4 and X360

    Sarge ScumSarge Scum5 days ago
  • Now this is bs just trying to make us buy more Controllers

    Ronaldo_ Slayer21Ronaldo_ Slayer215 days ago
  • *laugh in dualshock 2*

    RigoloWebRigoloWeb5 days ago
  • It isn’t looking good for Sony that 1.2 million people needed to watch this

    Alex AlexAlex Alex5 days ago
  • bruh i am still using a 5 year old ps4 controller and its just fine

    IskrenIskren5 days ago
  • See here, all joysticks can have this issue. Sadly the video only notes how to repair it not how to fix it. Because repairing it only works until it starts drifting again.

    Sander EversSander Evers5 days ago
  • People in the comments with revisionist history thinking old tech controllers were immaculate as if we all didn’t go through multiple controllers with previous generations.

    Yung_GrouchYung_Grouch5 days ago
  • The People that paid twice as much for a PS5 from a scalper? LOL!

    mrk107mrk1075 days ago
  • yet another reason why PC is better. If your current controller is bad just buy different type. Do not want to be stuck with one faulty controller type.

    NlGACHUNlGACHU5 days ago
  • Oh it's broken? BUY A NEW ONE MOOOORRRRTTTTYYYYYY!!!!!! Just another sign that they don't actually care about their customers...

    Agata SodaAgata Soda5 days ago
  • The DualShock was and is a perfect controller. Why do think everyone is trying to buy a DualShock now? Go into any department store and see if any of them are available. If the DualSense controller is so amazing, why are gamers scrambling to buy the DualShock controllers?

    mattrenkomattrenko5 days ago
  • Ooooorrrrr they can make a better controller. We should also demand to see the interiors of the console and controller theyre showing off the tits of these new systems. I'm looking at this video and the board of the controller looks pathetic and fragile.

    Lawrenzo GreenLawrenzo Green5 days ago
  • Bruh just an excellent video.

    Dylan NanceDylan Nance5 days ago
  • Mine is just fine

    TheOnly LeftiiTheOnly Leftii5 days ago
  • I guess its easier to wait for them to release a 'revision' than to have it replaced or buy a new one. I don't know if I read it correctly, I think I read an article saying you can still use the ps4 controller for ps4 games on the ps5 so theres that. Theres not that many ps5 games yet anyways.

    Nelson SNelson S5 days ago
  • Glad to know they took a problem with the PS4 and made it even worse

    Moribund PhoenixMoribund Phoenix5 days ago
  • I have an Xbox series x, and I already have really bad controller drift on my left stick

    Devan TackettDevan Tackett5 days ago
  • I always thought it was my nintendo switch joy on that was off.. apparently, it isn't just me.

    Seagull KRDBSeagull KRDB5 days ago
  • Guys, just in case if Sony manages to Take the video Down, DOWNLOAD THE VIDEO AND REUPLOAD.

    Duwang KingDuwang King5 days ago