PlayStation Updates DualSense Controller with Much-Needed Fixes
PlayStation seems to have made some improvements to the DualSense controllers.
It’s a real wonder to see the shiny new-gen PlayStation 5 controller. Features like adaptive triggers and haptic feedback add a new dimension to video games that I didn’t know I needed. Feeling the rain in your hands as you step out onto the darkened streets of Returnal. Feel the pulsing bass in Ratchet & Clank’s nightclub: Rift Apart. Although these are small details, they can add up to an amazing level of immersion.
The DualSense’s technical capabilities are impressive, but it falls short on the technical side. Players were having issues with their analog sticks drifting without any input from them as soon as the DualSense launched.
Drift is an issue that has been well documented on Nintendo Switch. However, it has now become a major problem on the PS5 controller. DualSense’s drift has been a frustrating problem for me. It causes my right stick, which I hold in my hand, to judder to the side every time it is released.
It appears that the newer models, which come in all the different colors, are more durable to prevent drift. TronicsFix , a YouTuber from, recently posted a teardown video showing the differences between the old and the new controllers.
For one, the trigger springs are slightly thicker. However, they also noticed changes to the analogue stick that appear to have been made to combat drift.
Unfortunately, these changes are only available for the coloured versions. It’s not ideal, considering the high price of a new DualSense. If you’re still unsure about buying a second controller, you can now at least know that drift is less of an issue.