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The PS4 Controllers Are Facing A Potentially Big Problem

eGamer writes: "We in South Africa received our PS4 consoles in December, but as we know Sony’s black box launched in America and Europe in November, so over here I spent a lot of time reading feedback from users. One thing stood out for me and caused me concern, and that was the issue of users posting images of their DualShock 4′s damaged analogue sticks after just a short time owning the machine."

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Nyxus1046d ago

It's strange, I have had a PS4 since launch (in Europe) and have beat Killzone on it and played Black Flag for around 25 - 30 hours, and my controller still looks like new.

Tody_ZA1046d ago

I adore my PS4 controller, it's among the best I've ever used on a console and my favourite personally. But it seems like the rubber material is not very durable and quite soft, so it can get damaged quite easily accidentally.

Even if there isn't an accident, it does make me worry as to how it will last over the next five years or so.

I'm happy to hear that yours are still perfect despite plenty of play time :)

Nyxus1046d ago

Thanks, I hope it stays that way. It's a great controller, I agree with that. :)

mewhy321046d ago

I play the hound out of my PS4. Hours on end. Never had the first problem. Best controller ever on any console. comfortable, light, textured, touchpad, it's just incredible. Good job Sony.

GarrusVakarian1046d ago (Edited 1046d ago )

It really seems to be a mixed bag when to comes to reports of the outer-rubber layer rubbing off on the left analogue stick. Mine is pretty much just smooth rubber now...while my right stick remains the same as the day i bought it...wtf?

Then you have people like Nyxus who haven't had any issues with either stick.

Word of advice, if you bought your PS4 from Amazon, contact their customer support and complain (rightfully so), they gave me a £70 refund on my entire PS4 order (£350) because i didn't buy the controller separately. I now have some stick covers which are quite good. I'll spend the rest on a game XD.

And i should mention that it's not the rubber that makes up the shape of the analogue that is wearing away for me....just the super thin, textured outer layer.

Apart from that.....it's literally the most comfortable controller ive ever held. It fits into my hands like a glove. Dem handles.

One other thing i forgot to mention, if anyone is having the L1 and R1 buttons sticking, just pop them out by inserting something in the gap between the shoulder button and the trigger and wipe the 2 posts inside each button clean (they have a weird gunk on them which causes them to stick). I did that and haven't had them stick since. It's really easy, check this YT link out if you are having this issue - http://www.youtube.com/watc...

jackanderson19851046d ago (Edited 1046d ago )

yeah similiar story here good chunk of time on the F2Ps and alotta don't starve time and ghosts too... not a bother about it except the fact i need to get me a longer cable so i can be lazily laying down while gaming

GarrusVakarian1046d ago

" i need to get me a longer cable so i can be lazily laying down while gaming"

Lol, that was my first thought when i unboxed my DS4 and saw that tiny wire. I bought a 3 meter USB to Micro USB from Amazon for next to nothing. Does the job perfectly.

iiorestesii1046d ago

Sony sells a 6' cable that comes with an essential rubber grip that fits the controller like a glove for $15.

TrueJerseyDevil1046d ago

I am concerned about this as well. I don't play my PS4 that much and the left stick on one of my controllers is tearing of completely. The rubber was wearing at first but now it is completely coming off. IDK how hard it is to make durable joysticks...........

Tody_ZA1046d ago

Really sorry to hear that :( I don't think there's anything wrong with the analogue stick itself, as it functions perfectly. This is purely to do with its rubber casing, and perhaps a case of the wrong material or design used.

TrueJerseyDevil1046d ago

yea i agree, I love the joysticks only problem is the rubber coming off

iiwii1045d ago

That's crazy how some people have it happening and others like mine are still like new. Maybe there was a "bad run" on a particular assembly line? Sony should be able to track back exactly where all of the faulty one's were manufactured. At least maybe they could send out some replacement sticks or something... IDK?

DanielGearSolid1046d ago

All I know is every controller ive ever used in my life, I've played atleast one game with greasy pizza hands, same with the Ds4...

Somehow the Ds4 doesn't get shiny and slippery from the grease, so it's the best controller in the world

GarrusVakarian1046d ago

No doubt it's because of the texture on the back of the controller. All of those tiny bumps really help with grip. A complete and utter step up from the DS3.

iiorestesii1046d ago

Its best attribute:)But the surface of the joysticks do!

Majin-vegeta1046d ago

Never had this problem and my PS4 is on 6+ hours everyday.And the remote gets passed around by 5 people on a daily basis.

Also it,s new hardware problems are expected.Hopefully Sony can can fix it.

Stedron1046d ago

I'm not worried at all I always have a few spare controllers once they release the new colors. That said my controller still looks new so if this is a real problem people are having I can see it being easily fixed.

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