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

19 feb. 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

    iFixitiFixit8 dagen geleden
    • @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.

      Kaiser SoymilkKaiser Soymilk11 uur geleden
    • 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

      Michael OwnageMichael Ownage16 uur geleden
    • Xbox fan boys

      Damon HarperDamon Harper21 uur geleden
    • 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.

      Ronald VRonald VDag geleden
    • @Matthew Lawton Also, if they made them defective on purpose they would lose money because they have to replace your controller for free if it fails in the first two years.

      Kaiser SoymilkKaiser Soymilk3 dagen geleden
  • here's the solution: buy a mouse!

    Cuong NguyenCuong Nguyen21 minuut geleden
  • I guess it’s time for a pc🙃

  • PC players are probably laughing their asses off 😂

    dtr. jadendtr. jadenUur geleden
  • Why has no one made any upgrades yet?

    MuGenKaiMuGenKai2 uur geleden
  • 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

    Mark WheelerMark Wheeler2 uur geleden
  • First the switch. Then the index. Now this.

    VitVit2 uur geleden
  • 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!

    pegetapegeta2 uur geleden
  • or you could get a keyboard that lasts 500 million clicks

    Cheesy GritsCheesy Grits3 uur geleden
  • I saw it coming. I thought everyone were fools for acting so crazy about something unproven

    FireflyFirefly4 uur geleden
  • With the DualShock 4s my original old model never had any drifting issues but the 2nd series with the light illuminates through the touchpad 2 out of the 3 that I own developed drifting issues within a few months of owning them.

    David Diedrich IIDavid Diedrich II4 uur geleden
  • It wouldn't be so bad if the controllers weren't stupidly expensive. The dirty truth is that the profit margin on the consoles is small but the profit margin on the gamepads is huge. The manufacturers have no incentive to make the easy to repair and/or more durable..

    Russell ThorburnRussell Thorburn5 uur geleden
  • It's funny how many people are totally missing the point clearly stated in the video that this affects literally every controller on the market and isn't a new issue at all. It's just the flavor of the month in the gaming news cycle and the only reason a law suit got filed was because of the success with the Nintendo suit where the Joy-con are much more susceptible to the wear that causes drift.

    caseythebuffalocaseythebuffalo5 uur geleden
  • 5:15 yea sure ! You have to send it back together with the console !

    VexxVexx5 uur geleden
  • It’s a big deal, fix it

    Jacob BaranowskiJacob Baranowski6 uur geleden
  • Companies know it’s a problem but they want consumers to keep buying controllers so they let it go

    Kay LeeKay Lee6 uur geleden
  • boycott compagnies for once and you will all see the joystick drifting problem disapear.

    j1m tvj1m tv7 uur geleden
  • If you add a rotational damper, would that help mitigate the spring deformation?

    Michael LopezMichael Lopez7 uur geleden
  • I appreciate your help

    andy johnsonandy johnson7 uur geleden
  • Why aren’t these made to be modular???? I have cents more not wurf

    YoakahYoakah7 uur geleden
  • 🙋‍♂️ i have question... 🤔Wait, i haven't buy ps5 yet.

    Zin Zinussan50Zin Zinussan508 uur geleden
  • This guy looks like a secret Xbox fan boy . No wonder he's hating on PlayStation.

    320speed320speed8 uur geleden
  • Buy a new one in cash and return the old one as defective. Merchant sends it back to Sony and merchant gets their money back from Sony.

    Danger DavisDanger Davis9 uur geleden
  • Nani? Joystick drifto?

    Mike Oakes HartMike Oakes Hart9 uur geleden
  • Nintendo: Check out this sick drift. Sony: Wow I'll do it too-

    Jeiku FurameJeiku Furame9 uur geleden
  • You failed to explain why so many PS5 controllers are drifting without getting anywhere near the hours of use of their expected failure life, while most PS4 controllers are still working fine after thousands of hours of use.

    Rob L.Rob L.9 uur geleden
  • I mean they just have to make the joysticks much easier to replace or they’ll keep getting lawsuits . Hopefully all these lawsuits makes joystick replacement a thing . Heck they can stick make money on them just mark them up for Sony branded ones

    SonGanonSonGanon9 uur geleden
  • Wondering if you guys (givin your knowledge) could develop your own joystick parts

    Verum Nine AlphaVerum Nine Alpha9 uur geleden
  • (Laughs in keyboard)

    Obsidian DragonXObsidian DragonX9 uur geleden
  • They're complicit because money. Closing us out from fixing controllers easily should be illegal

    RantKidRantKid9 uur geleden
  • Only 400 hours

    troytroy10 uur geleden
  • GGs.

    DeadPoolJr.DeadPoolJr.10 uur geleden
  • great vid, but it didn't actually explain why ps5 controllers have drift after only being out a month if it uses the same part as a ps4 which never had widespread issues

    Comrades across the CosmosComrades across the Cosmos11 uur geleden
  • It’s all on who’s using the controller I have had the same 2 controllers since the ps4 came out still don’t have and issues and I play COD and Destiny1/2 and other games of course

    Jeffry VargasJeffry Vargas12 uur geleden
  • No one thought to replace it with a hall sensor?? not big companies like sony 😆

    SkySky12 uur geleden
  • Xbox series x however

    Kelley BozemanKelley Bozeman13 uur geleden
  • My ps4 joysticks drift all the time

    savage king5643savage king564313 uur geleden
  • What are the sticks with the orange bases that are being swapped out? Are they a better version from a different manufacturer?

    ZoltarSoulFunkZoltarSoulFunk13 uur geleden
  • If my PS5 controller hopefully not have this issue I will just use my PS4 controller

    AllOnesAllOnes13 uur geleden
  • I am still ok with my 1 controller and 1 console so i can play even more People need to play normaly 😂

    ZERO M.ZERO M.14 uur geleden
  • O f off. You spend 64 dollars for a controller thats worth 18 dollars and then the f controller drifts because they cannot fix the issue. Whats spending 3 or more dollars to fix the issue going to do, make sony bankrupt?

    Pablo AbraldesPablo Abraldes14 uur geleden
  • Sounds like they want you to spend more money on controllers

    DrunkenFox 25DrunkenFox 2514 uur geleden
  • The weird thing is that mine (PS4) really only drift when the left trigger is held in (as if ADS) and it is always to the left. This has happened with 3 different PS4 controllers I've bought. Makes me wonder if there's another component at play.

    Matt HowardMatt Howard14 uur geleden
  • Playstation we need answers

    Saranga MishraSaranga Mishra14 uur geleden
  • Switch: drifts Sony:write that down write that down

    Grogan GamesGrogan Games15 uur geleden
  • Xbox and PC players did this intentionally, so jelly lol 😆

    1st Amendment 2nd Amendment1st Amendment 2nd Amendment15 uur geleden
  • Who made these controllers, Nintendo?

    Smittymanwerbanmanjenson Number oneSmittymanwerbanmanjenson Number one15 uur geleden
  • The soy was too much for me. I felt like I was watching Carlos Maza complain about how racist corn flakes are. I couldnt finish the vid.

    Gringo MayoGringo Mayo15 uur geleden
  • I opened a pro controller a while back to see if I could do something about the drift. The thing had so much of my hair in it. It worked once I cleared it out but I'm just amazed at how my hair somehow even made it in

    J BJ B15 uur geleden
  • Why is the ps5 controller drifting much sooner than the other controllers who use the same parts?

    DonGarDonGar16 uur geleden
  • No kidding I know new systems have kinks to be worked out and now I think about it I’m almost happy a can’t get one yet.

    WITE FOXWITE FOX16 uur geleden
  • I’ll stick with my PS4 for years to come

    CyberMetaCyberMeta16 uur geleden
  • And now their hardware division turns a profit.

    alliwantedwasapepsialliwantedwasapepsi16 uur geleden
  • I’ll just stick with mouse and keyboard

    redshift912redshift91216 uur geleden
  • Sticking with my ps4 and used the money for buying the ps5 and just upgraded my pc. It all worked out 🤷🏽‍♂️

    BestServdC0ldBestServdC0ld17 uur geleden
  • Because of ya'll i was able to successfully gut and replace the right joystick(most difficult joystick to reach in history) on my switch lite, you best believe im gonna break warranty on my ps5 controller too 👍

    lolzforlunchlolzforlunch17 uur geleden
  • One of the best videos I’ve ever seen on NLworld

    DFPFTWDFPFTW17 uur geleden
  • Buy a controller from Walmart, then before a month goes by, return it for cash, not exchange, go back to electronics department buy a new one, get new receipt, rinse repeat. Your welcome. I bought 1 controller and got a brand new free one every month for about 2 years, then once covid happened it became harder especially because I realized most the time Walmart has stopped carrying controllers.

    Zachariah GoodworthZachariah Goodworth17 uur geleden
  • I had drift after couple of days. Meanwhile my ps3 controllers who endured much much more use, abuse and lack of care never drifted. In fact I didn't know drift was a thing until the Switch shitstorm. Are we regressing or was I just lucky?

    Mick-Eric BoettgeMick-Eric Boettge17 uur geleden
  • Original ps4 controllers hands down are the best. Still got my one from launch and works amazingly but looks like crap. Newer ones I've had drift issues with and the push down function sounds terrible and cheap. Apart from a scuff with removable joysticks someone needs to make it more affordable

    Mr_Fantastic_AjMr_Fantastic_Aj17 uur geleden
  • So i was right when i claimed that they used the same joy sticks as Nintendo Switch Joy Cons

    vargen1414vargen141417 uur geleden
  • There's a reason they arent designed to be easily replaceable. You only have to look at how difficult they make their deconstruction.

    gddd gooogddd gooo18 uur geleden
  • This seems familiar...

    Peter DøvlePeter Døvle19 uur geleden
  • F

    IZI IZIIZI IZI19 uur geleden
  • 25 hours a week, 100 a month ,in 4 months you hit 400hrs gameplay and need a new controller , I already had to send my back and have to wait 3 weeks for a new one

    Andrew SeagullAndrew Seagull19 uur geleden
  • Trying to be clever with product placement only makes it more confusing. Should have taken the extra minute to do a better job.

    lemmonsinmyeyeslemmonsinmyeyes19 uur geleden
  • Xbox 360 is the best controller ever if you talk about grip and comfort. Didn't tried PS5's yet and will not think about it untill console's and controllers bugs are solved. Disappointing.

    D. OakD. Oak19 uur geleden
  • That's actually a pretty good idea. Having console makers develop a joystick that doesn't require soldering for quick fix.

    Giancarlo ontanedaGiancarlo ontaneda19 uur geleden
  • "We're In The Endgame Now"

    squaresidedsquaresided20 uur geleden
  • I had my PS3 for 7 years and only a year ago did the controllers begin drifting, and blowing into it would make the problem disappear for a week or 2. But it’s a constant battle with my PS4 and I’ve only had it a year.

    RussianGravy *RussianGravy *20 uur geleden
  • This is why I bought a keyboard and mouse for my PS4...

    Ray GetardRay Getard21 uur geleden
  • The video fail to mention that old Playstation or XBox had a drift corrector software by recalibrating the zero each start of the system (or even just at the plugging of the controller). you can prove it by starting the system while holding a direction and releasing it after the full start. It's just that modern system do not have it anymore, the simple test prove it. smaller dead zone plus no recalibrating, leads to this failure by design.

    Max ThorMax Thor21 uur geleden
  • Called out by the big boys now

    Verticom 1Verticom 121 uur geleden
  • Sony copied Nintendo so much they even copied drifting

    Bawriz RawbizBawriz Rawbiz21 uur geleden
  • came here by brksedu

    Philippe KurtPhilippe Kurt23 uur geleden
  • Lame video. I have 3 switch controllers that drift

    TinbeefTinbeef23 uur geleden
  • drift in general is an unaboidable outcome of the passage of time✌🏻

    姫佐倉姫佐倉23 uur geleden
  • Of course they don't make it easy to fix. They WANT you to buy controller after controller after controller. People are crazy, they actually want to play their games sooo....

    Ken McKKen McK23 uur geleden
  • Its called 'planned obsolescence'

    Nishan GillNishan GillDag geleden
  • Why is no one talking about the cute pup trying to get into the Cheez-It box 😆

    R h o u r k eR h o u r k eDag geleden
  • Sup. Just a suggestion. Please explain the issue before you start. Otherwise very informative.

    Kgaugelo SepotaKgaugelo SepotaDag geleden
  • Am I the only one to notice that at the beginning of the video, they say that joysticks probably AREN'T the culprit because EVERYONE uses the same joysticks? and THEN proceed to blame everything on JOYSTICKS?

    Gio MagGio MagDag geleden
  • Ive never had the drift

    BlayzePlaysBlayzePlaysDag geleden
  • So how bad is this problem? Is this affecting the majority of PS5 owners?

    Supreme GentlemanSupreme GentlemanDag geleden
    • eventually all controllers will do this, its a design flaw

      F-22raptorF-22raptor23 uur geleden
  • SOO planned obsolesce, Just like every other company on the face of the planet. It breaks you have to buy another one. Simple as that!

    Garrett GerardGarrett GerardDag geleden
  • I take very good care of my controller and then one day I got on and just had stick drift

    Ramaree FrayRamaree FrayDag geleden
  • This video addresses why joysticks drift not ps5 dualsense.. The ps5 is new the major reasons highlighted shouldn't apply to the dualsense yet.

    Yinka AyinlaYinka AyinlaDag geleden
  • I mean, this just happened to all controllers really

    Wilbert CollanteWilbert CollanteDag geleden
  • 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 PUPPY!!! 5:26 5:49

    Joseph HoltJoseph HoltDag geleden
  • Read up on 'in-built obsolescence', companies make a ton from screwing us over with having their goods purposefully break down after a short time so we have to buy more.

    OdinMMAOdinMMADag geleden
  • If console gaming allowed you to modify the dead zone, you all would be having WAAAAY less issues. It wouldn't solve the problem, but you'd have the software support to do so. Also, allowing console gamers to freely keybind their games, have alternative keybinds, and quite frankly, introducing keyboard, mice, VR controllers, and other inputs to access menus, system UI and games will minimize wear and frustration on a console. PC users don't have to deal with drift. Keys wear out over time, they can be replaced. Often on the spot.

    Krystal MythKrystal MythDag geleden
  • So moral of the story is companies cutting corners on an expensive product

    Char PadChar PadDag geleden
  • who still uses controllers?

    ShootN BlankZShootN BlankZDag geleden
  • Is easy to fix it

    DaodakDaodakDag geleden
  • At least someone is talking about the problems so they can fix it before people really get their hands on it

    Alyx GAlyx GDag geleden
  • Oh god Sony took the exit to Apple Street....

    Kjell TolKjell TolDag geleden
  • Bruh what. Why cant video game manufacturers make anything of quality these days? I have an original "the duke" Xbox controller and an original SNES controller. Both still work PERFECT. This drifting nonsense, plus the scalpers, has completely turned me off from getting a PS5. Good job Sony.

    Micro USBMicro USBDag geleden
  • Why would they stop using 20 year old hardware when they can continue selling controllers at 70 a pop. It's a scam

    PixelatedPixelatedDag geleden
  • My afterglow xbox 360 controller still works and I got it in 2015 lmao

    ThePigeon51ThePigeon51Dag geleden
  • So they’ve all decided to make controllers that break, probably why I don’t bother buying these new systems

    Steve BSteve BDag geleden