Please Sony, don't make PS4 controllers get sticky

Ever since those dual analog sticks popped out we've been enjoying 3D gaming the proper way on the Playstation. Unfortunately those rubbery sticks can feel quite sticky and cheap.

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n4rc2828d ago

im going to make the obvious joke here...

but when you live somewhere its 120 degrees.. things get sticky! lol

all in good fun

Pope_Kaz_Hirai_II2828d ago

The article is pointing to the right stick being sticky but i thought it would be the left :P

UltimateMaster2828d ago

The PS3 improved in that department.
But the PS4 seemed to have fixed all problems and looks to be the ultimate controller.

ShinMaster2828d ago

Personally, I've never had a DualShock's analog stick get sticky.

Orange2828d ago

I had one controller that had gooey, sticky sticks. And I live in San Francisco, where the cool temperature is pretty much the same year round. Five other that didn't.

One was "sticky" in that it didn't respond instantly but wasn't gooey. Very inconsistent quality to the controllers, to be honest.

Looking forward to getting my hands on the DS4.

Salooh2828d ago

All my controllers eventually got sticky . I hope they get over that . Never saw that in the ps1 and 2 , i don't know what's changed now..

XisThatKid2828d ago (Edited 2828d ago )

Just for a the record, Yoshida confirmed that his will not happen to PS4 controllers strangely a couple months back on his twit.

GameSpawn2828d ago

This is a minor flaw I just noticed with ALL my DualShock controllers (PS1, PS2, PS3). If left unused the rubber on the analog sticks gets sticky for some reason.

I don't know if it has something to due with humidity or what? If you use the controller regularly this never happens. Let a controller sit unused for a month or so and you'll notice the goo. I little alcohol and a soft cloth are all that it takes to fix it. I also recommend rubber covers like these:

I got one of these for my DS3 (mainly for the trigger pieces) and have grown to love the bonus thumb stick covers for the texture they add (never goos either).

Kevin ButIer2828d ago (Edited 2828d ago )

they only get sticky when you don't use them for a long period of time... stop writing and go to play some games for god sake...

rainslacker2828d ago


Rubber drys out when it's not used. Rubber is actually made from trees, and can be prone to drying out if going unused for a while. Let a car tire sit long enough and it becomes noticeable on the side wall, even though tires now are synthetic.

When rubber dries, it will soak up the oil from a persons skin to rehydrate itself. Since a person's skin is never perfectly clean and always have micro-particles of dirt/grit, the grit becomes separated from the oil and over time causes a sticky residue to form. Given enough time this sticky residue will just attract more dirt, causing a gooey mess.

This is how regular rubber works. I'm not personally sure if Sony uses natural rubber, or synthetic rubber for it's pads. Synthetic rubber comes in many different forms so the above scenario may not be true.

I think perhaps people should just wash their hands more, as that is the most likely cause of the stickiness.

Kleptic2828d ago

^^no man, this isn't 'oil from your fingers' getting on the controller...this is something with the chemistry of the sticks themselves...

It only happens if you don't touch the controller for a LONG time...I have 4 DS3's...2 i use regularly, the other 2 only come out when needed...the 2 used regularly have none of this...I don't really clean the sticks or anything, just go through and clean out the plastic divides every once in a while...

but the 2 left alone? nearly unusable until i attack them with rubbing alcohol...its just something with the 'rubber' separating if not agitated or something...but its 100% not oil from your hands just building up on the sticks...the one DS3 I have was used for less than 5 minutes and put away for a month...the sticks looked like they were dipped in tar...

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user74029312828d ago

i think the controller gets sticky when you go to the internet browser.

SuperSandLegend2828d ago

I have to get my fix somehow.

*kanye shrug*

christian hour2828d ago

I never had a problem with sticky analogue sticks, although I have witnessed several friends controllers, especially the right stick, go down from an r3 click further than it should and stay there.

You'd always have to pop it back up but as soon as you moved it again it fell back down and the traction was off a bit.

I've seen this on a lot of dual shock controllers over the years, unless thats what the author was referring to as "Sticky"... I dunno, I live on a small island next to the Atlantic in the northern hemisphere so we don't exactly get warm climates, just rain followed by more rain.

rainslacker2828d ago

I've noticed on my controllers if you move the pad all the way in one direction, you can often see dust where the shell meets the stick itself. There is a small gap there. This dirt probably gets down into the controller, and when combined with the oil from one's skin it can eventually cause it to stick. Since the right stick is less used, it has more chances to form.

This dirt can be cleaned with a swab and rubbing alcohol, but if there is already sticking you'll probably have to take the controller apart to get it clean.

bigfish2828d ago

I remember mine got sticky once, it was like it was melting or something......was strange. But i did leave it on the window sill so i guess it has something to do with the heat from sun etc

3-4-52828d ago

Kind of related, but why was it thought that a rounded top would be the best way to go ? Seems so obvious that a concave top is much better for gripping and control.

I'm glad they are learning from mistakes.

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Iltapalanyymi2828d ago

Shuhei Yoshida already confirmed that the PS4 controller wont get sticky.

wishingW3L2828d ago (Edited 2828d ago )


edit: since all I got was a disagree for asking a question I used google and this is what I found:

Shuhei Yoshida : "The material is different from DS3's, so hopefully not."

Not exactly a confirmation of anything.

theWB272828d ago

You questioned Sony...that's all it takes.

Gameratheart2828d ago

These Sony fanboys on this site are blind retards.... Anything, no matter how true, that's not a gleaming praise for Sony, gets disagrees... You idiots are a disgrace... People like that make me a little embarrassed to own a ps3, and have a ps4 preordered....

Arai2828d ago

He's right, they already confirmed that they are using a different material for the DS4.
Apparently when you DON'T use the DS3 for a while the thumb sticks can get "sticky" (natural occurrence due to the materials used).

I've yet to have such a problem but I've read about it on some forums that some users have experienced it.

Too bad for this "gaming site" that they aren't on top of their game otherwise they would know that Shuhei/Sony confirmed it months ago.

Daves2828d ago

Yeah, the sticks on the controller I don't use often, I mean like for months, do get sticky.

The one I use frequently does not.

madpuppy2828d ago (Edited 2828d ago )

It sounds like a similar problem that Honda and Acura cars had from the 90's if the car sat for a while the steering wheel and shift selector would get gooey, I think it is from a build up of dead skin and natural amino acids and oils from the fingers causing it. if you clean your controllers every once in a while with a damp, lint free cloth and wash your hands it doesn't happen...never had a problem with mine.

GribbleGrunger2828d ago

I really do love my PS3 but not THAT much.

GdaTyler2828d ago (Edited 2828d ago )

LOL, don't drain yourself too much. Save it for something else.

nick3092828d ago

My controller never got sticky as i wash my hands before playing... I dunno why people eat a snack play ps3 then say its sticky.

dp2774072828d ago

I hate when people do that.

wishingW3L2828d ago (Edited 2828d ago )

it get's sticky because it absorbs humidity and it happens to every Dualshock controller no matter how much you take care of it.

nick3092828d ago

Then remove the analog cover in that case.

fsfsxii2828d ago

That never happened to me. Except with a 5 year old Sixaxis controller thats been treated like garbage.

Hicken2828d ago

... the hell?

No DualShock I've ever had, going back to the PS1's Dual Analog, has ever gotten sticky.

Two PS1s= ~5 controllers
Three PS2s= ~7 controllers (had to have em for Time Splitters, plus replacements for when the rubber on the sticks got loose)
Two PS3s= ~5 controllers

Almost 20 controllers, NONE of them sticky. And I live in Georgia, where heat and humidity are are sure as death and taxes. So who're you kidding?

Also, they wouldn't absorb humidity, as that's just a measure of how much moisture is in the air. They could absorb that MOISTURE, but not humidity.

Really, though, how in the hell can you tell people "It happens to every controller" when all these people are saying "It's never happened to any of my controllers?"

Gameratheart2828d ago

No, not every one of em... Mine never got sticky. It has sat unused for months at a time, still never got sticky.

MRMagoo1232828d ago

"it get's sticky because it absorbs humidity and it happens to every Dualshock controller no matter how much you take care of it." every controller huh ? i live in QLD Australia its humid as heck here in the summer and hot as heck too up to 50 degrees C and i have 5 controllers ones i dont use ever and 2 i use every day none of them are sticky at all how do you explain that without some "you must just be a lying fanboy" comment ?

rainslacker2828d ago (Edited 2828d ago )

It doesn't absorb humidity. The moisture in the materials themselves actually dries out, which leaves only the oil from a person's skin there, which eventually turns into the sticky residue, as this oil itself is absorbed into the materials, and then dries out. If you've ever seen any oily substance dry out, it's the exact same stickiness. It really has nothing to do with where you live, or the humidity in the air. Moisture evaporates.

If it happened to every DS you've ever had, I'd recommend getting some Soft Soap hand washing liquid and using some water to clean your dirty ass fingers in addition to your monthly bath.

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titans99992828d ago

It's not snack related, there some chemical that eventually oozes out of the controller, I just hope it is not poisonous!

wishingW3L2828d ago

too late buddy. The DS4 uses the same crappy absorbing texture for the sticks as the DS3's. ;(

inf3cted12828d ago (Edited 2828d ago )

Criticize sony = disagree

isarai2828d ago

people are disagreeing because it's already confirmed the DS4 uses a different material in an effort to address this problem.

inf3cted12828d ago

All I read was the comment above:


edit: since all I got was a disagree for asking a question I used google and this is what I found:

Shuhei Yoshida : "The material is different from DS3's, so hopefully not."

Not exactly a confirmation of anything. "

That was from wishingW3L

ShinMaster2828d ago

Criticize Microsoft = disagree

Criticize Nintendo = disagree

What's your point?

Gameratheart2827d ago

You don't even have to criticize Sony, to get disagrees. All it takes is for a comment to not be rimming Sony ass, like the fanboys do, and you get disagrees. Let the disagrees fly! Moronic fanboys.

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JetsFool35002828d ago

@nick309 then have pizza cutters as analog sticks? Nahh id rather keep them sticky

fsfsxii2828d ago

Stop spreading lies.
I wonder how people like you still have 5 bubbles.

MRMagoo1232828d ago

its because this site is obviously run by sony fanboys thats why the blatant xboners troll has more bubbles than me when i support sony 100% /s this site is completely full of hypocrites, the xboners like to pretend its some one sided site as soon as they get a disagree but the majority of the xboners have more bubbles than the sony guys. They all fall on this falsehood that its all sony fanboys here when its really about even.

Except for one major difference the sony fans usually have some kind of proof to back their words and the xboners have nothing but a made up lie of rumor, proven recently when every article giving ps4 a negative light was proven fake.

Hicken2828d ago

Well-said, Magoo.

They reset the bubbles pre-E3, and for me to be a so-called Sony fanboy on a so-called Sony fanboy site, it sure didn't take them long to pull me back down. Hell, I got a bubble late last week and it was gone after a day for a "Trolling" remark that I can't figure out. Got a "Well-Said" a day later, but here I sit, still at three. Sent in a ticket, got no response

Meanwhile, folks troll or intentionally spread lies like wishingW3L is doing(or theWB in a lot of other places), and they maintain 5.

Yep, Sony fansite confirmed.

theWB272828d ago


Don't throw me into that crowd Hicken lol...I speak facts and opinions...not trolling.

I may defend Microsoft...but I don't bash Sony with false info. Anyway...thanks : )