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DualSense Drift Is Already A Problem For Some PS5 Gamers

There have been several reports that the PS5 DualSense controller is already suffering from drift, despite the console and its controllers being just a few weeks old.

If you’re not aware of the drift problem with gaming controllers, it’s more recently been associated with the Nintendo Switch JoyCons, which are now infamous for causing issues for many gamers.

DualSense PS5 controller
Credit: Sony

So what is drift? Drift is when the analogue stick will slowly drift towards a particular direction without the player touching it, causing havoc for almost every type of game out there.

With the JoyCons specifically, it’s known to be more of an issue for players who get a lot of use from their consoles, or for those who’ve had the Switch for a long time. While drift can occur in new JoyCons, it’s more prevalent in those which see frequent use. The notion that drift is down to controller usage is particularly noteworthy in the case of the PS5 DualSense, as it was only released last month.

Mario looking sad
Credit: Nintendo

There has been a lot of hype regarding the DualSense controllers so this news is especially disappointing, but it’s something now being reported by multiple gamers.

In one video clip shared by Reddit user MPLS_California, you can see the cursor drifting from the right analogue stick while in the map of Call of Duty: Warzone.

“Anybody else experiencing this,” asked the Redditor. “Whenever I barely touch it, it moves the cursor south and won’t stop on the map when I’m playing Warzone. Getting flashbacks from the Nintendo Switch controller!

Then in another report on Reddit, another user also showed a video clip of drift occurring while playing Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

While playing spider-man remastered and Miles Morales the camera keeps moving to the left for me. Is this the analogue drift or are you guys facing similar problems with Spider-men?” said DeliciousBug.

The Reddit user also noted sound glitches in the game as well as the drift problem. 

DeliciousBug reported: “I am observing constant audio glitches in the game as well – the audio randomly disappears and it keeps playing background music, one time I also observed the sounds from the background vehicles and crowd kept getting accumulated and louder till it sounded like I was inside a very crowded train.

PS5 DualSense
Credit: Sony

Meanwhile, fellow PS5 gamer and Redditor EverGreatestxX also revealed that within just 10 days of picking up the PS5 console, they too were experiencing drift and they would be contacting Sony to find a fix for the problem.

At the time of writing, Sony has yet to respond.

It’s certainly a worrying issue especially for such a high-spec controller, but hopefully Sony will fix this problem as soon as possible.

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