Shuhei Yoshida: Hopefully PS4′s DualShock 4 Sticks Won’t Get Slimy, Stand Confirmed Separate

Ever left your DualShock 2 or 3 unattended for a while only to find the analog sticks covered by a sticky, yucky, slimy substance that seemed to come from nowhere and was really hard to remove? Many experienced that annoying surprise. Yoshida hopes it won't happen, and confirms that the console's stand will be sold separate.

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majiebeast1993d ago

Worst thing was the gunk in the crevices of the controller. its a chore to clean that.

Abriael1993d ago (Edited 1993d ago )

Am I wrong or the new one seems to have much smaller crevices too due to the rubber gloving?

I'm just hoping that rubber won't get slimy too lol.

teknx1993d ago

Come on Yoshida-san, You know that when you have Doritos fingers you always clean your hands before touching the controller. That's Gamer101.

AngryTypingGuy1992d ago

I've never had this problem with my PS3 or 360 controllers. Didn't even know it existed.

RumbleFish1992d ago

I really don't want to imagine, what people do with their controllers...

Relientk771993d ago

Yea I clean the crevices on my PS1-PS3 controllers every once in a while, its gross.

I use toothpicks lol

JRH77831993d ago

That's all the dirt and grease from your friends hands. I use the same method as you.

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karl1993d ago

yeah its start pouring that goo out of nowhere

almost as if it was a living thing

thawind1993d ago

Wow I thought I was the only one that used toothpicks.Sigh...small world.

Godlovesgamers1993d ago

Toothpicks... Not a bad idea.

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Blackdeath_6631993d ago (Edited 1993d ago )

clean it during loading screen (of which there are many) i started doing that and now my controller looks less dirty every time i use it. hairpins work best toothpicks are too thick and break easy

also @Kratos_Kills i thought i was the only one who had dirt in the controller i feel less self conscious about it now, can't help getting sweaty palms when your busy hacking and slashing away at mythological greek gods while desperately attempting not to fall off the map because of the deceiving camera angle

wastedcells1993d ago

My controllers are spotless. Am I weird or something lol. Never had to clean mine other then blow some dust off once in a blue moon

HowarthsNJ1992d ago

Yeah the slime thing is a new one to me.

FamilyGuy1992d ago

That stuff is like rubber sweat, it seeps from the rubber itself, not from the greasy fingers that touched it. It only really shows up when you don't use the controller for a long time.

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theWB271993d ago

That's weird...I've never had that problem with my PS3 controllers.

miyamoto1993d ago

And my PS3 Slim stands perfectly well behind my swiveling HD TV.

Cryptcuzz1993d ago

I never had that problem as well.

The longest I haven't played on my PS3 was for about a month when Starcraft 2 came out and did not notice any slimy substance on the analog sticks.

Are people sure its not their pet dog or cat licking the analog sticks without them knowing?

theWB271993d ago

I was thinking something like that..or bad is their room not very airy or what. My extra controller sits for longer than that and I pick it up and..nothing.

Testfire1993d ago

Or...people need to stop jerking it then touching the controller.

Game4life1993d ago

i had this one my ps3 but never my ps3 controllers., maybe i just dont not use it enough lol

Cryptcuzz1993d ago

Another possible explanation would be is those who have experienced this slimy substance has excessive sweaty hands (hyperhydrosis)

Then when they are done playing, the excessive sweat is still on the analog sticks mixed with the natural oil on our fingertips and I can see why there would be a slimy substance still left on the sticks after awhile.

hellzsupernova1993d ago

I believe that's cause of the concave sticks, the 360 controller I have noticed does get a bit sweaty especially once it's worn down and the little nubs are missing

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tigertron1993d ago

I actually thought I was the only one who experienced the slimy stuff on the analogue sticks. It happened with my PS2 and original Sixaxis controller. I thought it was some sort of leak. XD

Abriael1993d ago

Yep, for a while I did as well, they I discovered a lot of people did. I still have absolutely no idea of what causes it really, and google never helped. There are theories, but no confirmed info.

Abriael1993d ago

@majiebeast: really? that would make sense, but how does it get all the way on *top* of the sticks?

majiebeast1993d ago

No clue.

What i did notice is that the slime has only happend with my original sixaxis controller and not with the 2 DS3's i bought 2 or so years after it.


I'm pretty sure it's just grease from the rubber caps drying out (decomposing) and leaking. If you ever removed an analog stick cover (not the actual electronics) or looked really closely, you'll notice that the area where you rest your thumbs on is a rubber cap, not part of the plastic rod despite it all looking like a single piece.

Although I had taken DualShocks apart before, I only noticed this rubber detail when a cap in one of my controllers became loose (don't know how or why it unglued though), I pulled it out and none the less there were this half dry goo and slime all around inside the cap.

I won't advise on removing that just out of curiosity though, it's glued with what seens to be cyanoacrylate, so the usual methods to remove this glue (heat, acetone) will also damage the rubber. Also it was hard to both remove and replace the rubber, it needs to be stretched and it looked like it was going to tear (and the end result was not good, it don't spin anymore, but it became all unlevel).

All that trouble trying to put it together was the clue I needed to realize that was actually dry grease and not just oil and dirt. If that's assembled in factory by stretching the cap over the plastic pad (which seens to be the case, it's sure not injected as the inner of the rubber cap don't match the pattern on plastic), they must put some grease there just to easy the stress.

Grease will always eventually decompose, leaving dry residue and leaking oil, in a very progressive and slow process... Heat and preassure/friction (like you moving your warm thumb over it all the time) can speedy up the process, but even time alone will do that, it even starts pretty fast if grease is exposed to air (days to weeks depending on the kind of grease), but take some years if it's correctly sealed (like it looks to be the case with the analog stick).

TotalHitman1992d ago

I'll back @bishop-br on his info. I took apart my Dualshock 3 a couple of months ago. I looked at the analogues after reading this today and there was indeed oil or grease seeping through the rubber.

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MestreRothN4G1993d ago

Hilarious, yet relevant news.

Our reputation can only hope.

Blankolf1993d ago

The dualshock seems to be able or at least trying to prevent that, there's the rubber portion which seems kind of rough, so you can really get a grip on the controller.

Trust me I am an octodad, doesn't get slimier than that.

Skate-AK1993d ago

I laughed so hard when Octodad got announced. That is a must buy for me.

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