Submitted by Abriael 830d ago | news

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. (PS4, Shuhei Yoshida, Tag Invalid)

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majiebeast  +   830d ago
Worst thing was the gunk in the crevices of the controller. its a chore to clean that.
Abriael  +   830d 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.
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teknx  +   830d 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.
AngryTypingGuy  +   829d ago
I've never had this problem with my PS3 or 360 controllers. Didn't even know it existed.
RumbleFish  +   829d ago
I really don't want to imagine, what people do with their controllers...
Relientk77  +   830d ago
Yea I clean the crevices on my PS1-PS3 controllers every once in a while, its gross.

I use toothpicks lol
JRH7783  +   830d ago
That's all the dirt and grease from your friends hands. I use the same method as you.
The_Infected  +   830d ago

Glad I wasn't the only one did this! Lol
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karl  +   830d ago
yeah its start pouring that goo out of nowhere

almost as if it was a living thing
thawind  +   830d ago
Wow I thought I was the only one that used toothpicks.Sigh...small world.
Godlovesgamers  +   830d ago
Toothpicks... Not a bad idea.
DAS692  +   828d ago
Old toothbrush.
Blackdeath_663  +   830d 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
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wastedcells  +   830d 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
HowarthsNJ  +   829d ago
Yeah the slime thing is a new one to me.
FamilyGuy  +   829d 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.
theWB27  +   830d ago
That's weird...I've never had that problem with my PS3 controllers.
miyamoto  +   830d ago
And my PS3 Slim stands perfectly well behind my swiveling HD TV.
Cryptcuzz  +   830d 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?
theWB27  +   830d 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.
Testfire  +   830d ago
Or...people need to stop jerking it then touching the controller.
Game4life  +   830d ago
i had this one my ps3 but never my ps3 controllers., maybe i just dont not use it enough lol
Game4life  +   830d ago
my ps2"
Cryptcuzz  +   830d 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.
hellzsupernova  +   830d 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
tigertron  +   830d 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
Abriael  +   830d 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.
majiebeast  +   830d ago
Its clicker drool.
Abriael  +   830d ago
@majiebeast: really? that would make sense, but how does it get all the way on *top* of the sticks?
majiebeast  +   830d 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.
BISHOP-BRASIL  +   830d ago
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).
TotalHitman  +   829d 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.
MestreRothN4G  +   830d ago
Hilarious, yet relevant news.

Our reputation can only hope.
Blankolf  +   830d 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-AK  +   830d ago
I laughed so hard when Octodad got announced. That is a must buy for me.
Koyes  +   830d ago
I clean my DS3 every one to two days :)
Joshuatree  +   830d ago
all that junk is dead skin, similar to the gunk under your nails.
StockpileTom  +   830d ago
What tha hell? Do people not wash their hands good enough or something? Sounds like bacterial growth never had that problem with my PS2 or PS3.
Lockhart  +   830d ago
I thought this was just a weird problem that I had... woops.
iconic56  +   830d ago
Whoa, I didn't know this was a widespread thing. This happens to my DS3 when left unplayed for a couple of days.
ShwankyShpanky  +   830d ago
I never had any problem with the DS3 sticks "growing slime." I am, however, disappointed that the vertical stand isn't included. And they'll probably charge $20-30 for a 25cent bit of injection-molded plastic. I wonder how well it will stand up without the actual base? Looks pretty flat on the sides.

Hopefully DreamGear or Nyko or someone will come out with a good stand at launch. I love this one for my Slim:
Abriael  +   830d ago
It does look quite flat. To be perfectly honest I had both my PS2 and PS3 (fat) held vertical, and never needed any stand for them.
ShwankyShpanky  +   830d ago
I don't think they made a stand for the original fat. It had rubber nubs on the side/bottom to stand up, and was pretty stable in the vertical position on its own.
M-M  +   830d ago

Yes they did, I remember using it when I got my first PS2 for Christmas.

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ShwankyShpanky  +   830d ago
I meant the original PS3 fat.
Krew_92  +   830d ago

Yeah the original PlayStation 3 didn't need a stand, since it was so thick already to begin with.

I always had it stood up.
Treian  +   830d ago
I clean my DS3 every day. Even got a warranty on it.
Harmonizer  +   830d ago
Sony 42 inch HD TV, check, PS3 Slim, Check, PS4....Pre-ordered, check.
PositiveEmotions  +   830d ago
I never had that problem with any of the ps consoles
buynit  +   830d ago
I like to open it and clean it good with a little alcohol. You would be surprised how dirty the middle gets where both halves come together..

I started doing it around the ps2 when my bro spilled juice on it and the button got stuck..

I hope the ds4 int hard to open up..
strigoi814  +   830d ago
Wash hands before playing..respect the science
Abriael  +   830d ago
Doesn't have anything to do with that. It's a matter of materials.
BKsecret  +   830d ago
Doesn't have to do anything with science?
Are you serious? First of all, the materials don't magically create slime. You don't just break the laws of physics (conversation of mass).

The slime has something to do with our sweat and over time, oxidation occurs to the point a "slime"-like substance is formed. The materials of the controller show this effect better, but hell... the XBOX 360 controller is filled with sweaty gland residue as well.
Unztayble  +   830d ago
Mine's more of an oily substance not a sticky slime. I have to wipe the DS3 face down on my couch to remove it.
sway_z  +   830d ago
Lol I wouldn't worry too much about it...I never heard of a single person who ever caught bugs and got sick from Dual Shock controller dirt in crevices.

My DS3's get handed around like a crack whore during Fifa knockouts and Fight Night Champ sessions. Never bothered me.

Interesting topic though...
MisfitsInc  +   830d ago
i never had that problem
Gardenia  +   830d ago
Maybe people need to stop picking their damn noses when playing games
squad  +   830d ago
I didn't know this happens but I usually clean my controllers everyday, even my keyboard and mouse.
Aclay  +   830d ago
I've always wondered about this for YEARS...it's happened to me quite a bit with Playstation controllers in the past. It's just strange because the oily substance doesn't form unless you've left the controller unplayed for about a week or two. Even after I've cleaned the Analog sticks, the oily substance on the analog sticks will still reoccur if you leave them unused long enough-- I never eat sticky/greasy stuff while I'm gaming either, so I know it has to be more than just nasty controllers.

I have no idea what it is, but I always thought it was some of the oil lubrication from the ball of the Analogs that was seeping through the rubber material of the Analog Sticks.

I'm guessing it doesn't happen to brand new controllers sitting in the Box for weeks/months because the lubrication in them hasn't been rigorously worked around yet-- but if they are heavily used and are left unattended for the right amount of time, some of the lubrication will seep through. Glad to hear the DS4 controllers wont get slimy with whatever that substance is though.
mochachino  +   830d ago
The worst is sticking buttons.
ajax17  +   830d ago
I always wondered why they'd always get slimy like that after a few weeks. It's so weird.
coolasj  +   830d ago
Very basic maintenance for my Playstation tech keeps them going smoothly for years more.
devwan  +   830d ago
"Ever left your DualShock 2 or 3 unattended for a while..."

OOG  +   830d ago
Wash your hands......
FunkMacNasty  +   830d ago
I've actually never had this happen or even heard of it before! Does it just feel like something spilled on top of your sticks? Owned a psOne, ps2, and ps3 and never had any kind of "slime" materialize on any of my DualShock controllers. I always wear off the texture on top of the sticks and they turn smooth after a while though!
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SpinalRemains138  +   830d ago
I dunno. I still have original launch sixaxis and a couple of dualshock 3s and the only ooz goo on my sticks are from known sources.

Are you telling me that dualshocks just start randomly leaking goo?

Lol! Wtf?
DivineAssault  +   830d ago
My analogs on the DS3 never got any residue on them.. Thats a 1st ive heard of this issue.. Oh well, the new DS4 wont have it so thats a plus.. I really adore this controller.. I cant wait to power my PS4 on for the 1t time with it.. I wonder if my blueray remote for PS3 will work on the PS4.. Its bluetooth so i dont see why it wouldnt..
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