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Experts Say PS5 Joystick Drift Is Getting Bad, And It’ll Get Much Worse From Here – Forbes

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While it’s still extremely difficult to even buy a PS5 without battling hundreds of thousands of other potential consumers (and scalper bots) online, those that have gotten them and played avidly with the new DualSense controller may have already noticed after just a few months that an old, common issue is back.
In some instances, the joysticks on the DualSense controller are starting to drift. As in, when you’re not moving them in any direction, they may slowly pull your character or cursor in one direction or another.
This was a problem on the PS4 as well, and the two PS4 controllers I still own both have directional drift issues, and I swapped between them based on the game I was playing when whether a slight drift left or a slight drift up would be worse. But that was after years of use, and some are experiencing this on PS5 already. Past investigations have turned up a potential “stick lifespan” of just over 400 hours of use before the issues start to appear.
This is, of course, something that also has plagued the Nintendo Switch, with Left Joy-Con drift being a persistent problem since launch, so much so that Nintendo had to open up an exchange/fix program for the issue, and they have been the target of multiple class-action lawsuits over the defect. Sony too has now already been hit with at least one lawsuit over PS5 DualSense drift.
The further bad news is that unless Sony corrects this, it’s only going to be an increasingly visible problem as time goes on. Players that got a launch PS5 are out of luck and will likely have to deal with this at some point, depending on frequency of use, but if Sony didn’t fix this going from PS4 to PS5, it’s not clear if they’re going to fix it over the course of the PS5’s lifespan either, even if it does start attracting more potential lawsuits.
A new video from the iFixit channel talks about the causes of this, ie. imperfections created within the controller from overuse, and why the nature of the problem means it’s only going to get worse:
There are not many true fixes for this, really none you can homebrew yourself without voiding your warranty, at best. Some games have joystick calibration to temporarily adjust for the problem, but not many. All iFixit really suggests is to try to replace it under warranty before it’s too late, or just buy a new controller (which I did many times in the PS4 era for similar reasons).
It’s true that this is an issue that can happen with most joysticks these days, as these problems have been prevalent across Nintendo and Sony for years. Microsoft has escaped scrutiny for the problem at the level of its rivals, and yet looking up Xbox One controller drift, you can see there are still issues there, and yes, even a class action lawsuit against them too. But there do not appear to be as many reports of Series X/S controller drift issues than PS5, though that may change in time.
This seems like a problem the industry needs to solve as a whole, but for now, it’s just something to watch out for, and you may have to cycle through warranty-covered controllers as the way to get around this for the time being, before it becomes such an issue you have to shell out $60+ for a brand new controller. Sony’s stance right now is that they will fix or replace all controllers having issues under warranty, but we’ll see if they take any larger steps in the future to avoid further lawsuits.
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Sony to keep making PlayStation 4 as PS5 output hits snag – New York Post

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Sony’s plans to mass produce its new PlayStation 5 gaming console have been put on hold because of disruptions in the global supply chain — forcing the company to keep cranking out its older PS4 systems.
The Japanese tech giant had initially planned to phase out manufacturing of PS4 at the end of last year and move to a full transition to its newer consoles, according to Bloomberg. But now it is pivoting to produce as many as 1 million of the old models in 2022.
After introducing the PS5 in November 2020, supply has been scarce due to shortages in advanced chips and other commodities needed to mass produce the hardware.
This past November, Sony reduced its PS5 production outlook. Initially, it aimed to make more than 16 million units in the year ending in March, but that number was trimmed to 14.8 million.
The older PS4 is cheaper to make and uses less advanced chips and software than its successor. Released in 2013, the PS4 has sold more than 116 million units and remains popular among gamers.
The PS5, which offers more sophisticated graphics and faster loading times than the PS4, was also met with great fanfare. As of September 2021, it has sold 13.3 million total units — surpassing the 7.6 million units that the PS4 sold in its first year of availability nearly a decade ago.
Sony told assembly partners late last year that it is pivoting to manufacture more PS4 consoles this year, though a company spokesperson denied that it had planned to discontinue production altogether.
“It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations,” a spokesperson told Bloomberg.
This past fall, Sony reported a 27% increase in sales in its gaming division for the three-month fiscal quarter that ended on Sept. 30. The firm credited the popularity of the PS5.
In total, the Japanese conglomerate’s gaming division recorded $5.7 billion in sales during the three month period starting in July. Operating income fell 21% to $727 million while the company generated $10.8 billion in revenue.
Sony isn’t the only gaming company that is relying on its older technologies to keep profits flowing during the supply chain crunch.
Last year, Nvidia, the US firm that makes processing units for gaming consoles, revived its previous generation of GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards due to the shortage in semiconductors.
While the company never officially discontinued production of the card, it was not listed for sale as recently as November 2020.
The card was first introduced in 2016, but was gradually phased out in favor of the newer 16-series cards, according to PC Gamer.
Market observers say that the supply chain crisis and chip shortages will likely last through this year.
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