A new demolition video of the PS5 DualSense controller has claimed that it has a lifespan of “417 hours” until stickdrift kicks in.
Those who have been lucky enough to get a PS5 may have noticed that it is not all sugar and rainbows with Sony’s powerful new console. Some players have reported that the dreaded stick-drift phenomenon has lifted its ugly head, and has a serious impact on the gaming experience.
This has prompted some YouTube channels to watch initial demolition videos of the PS5’s DualSense controls to see why this may be the case.
The YouTube channel iFixit recently uploaded a new video to explore DualSense, with the results pointing to the controller, having only about 41
The video shares a look at the controller and gives us some details from ALPS, which is the manufacturer of the joystick parts, and the results point to the expected life of the pins is 2,000,000 cycles and clicking in the analog stick will last for around 500,000 cycles.
What does this really mean? Well, the video above does some analysis on these cycles and translates them into something a little more digestible. According to iFixit’s analysis using Call of Duty: Warzone as a test, this may mean that a controller has approximately 417 hours until the duty cycle of the pins reaches its maximum.
If you play this on the PS5 console for just two hours a day, you will get about seven months of use out of your controller before you start noticing drifting. This is something that only happens with this joystick hardware, as the general use of the controller over time will wear out the potentiometers, which is usually what drives operation to take place.
Of course, the numbers above will be different for everyone, depending on the games you play. It’s also important to note that something like Call of Duty: Warzone, which requires a lot of movement and clicks, is going to be an intense workout on your controller, especially if you play it for many hours at a time.
The most worrying part about all of this, however, is that those who watched the first demolition videos for the PS5 controller knew that this was already the case.
An earlier demolition video from iFixit clearly pointed out that the joysticks inside DualSense were the same as those found in the PS4 controller, using technology also used in the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. All of these controllers have experienced some form of joystick operation over the years, especially the PS4 DualShock and Nintendo’s JoyCons.
If you happen to experience joystick operation with the DualSense controller, the channel will show some options you have opened for you. First, you can either try to fix it yourself, send it away to be fixed, or you can try talking to Sony if the controller is still under warranty. If none of these options work, you may just need to buy a brand new DualSense.
If you’re still trying to find a new console, this is it where to buy a PS5.