PS5: DualSense controller has same Joy-Con Drift issue as Nintendo Switch

The PS5 DualSense controller suffers from a problem similar to that experienced by the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con. Called “Joy-Con Drift”, this malfunction causes joysticks to move by themselves, which can for example cause a character or the camera to move without player action. If you have encountered this problem, we recommend that you reset the DualSense controller.

PS5 DualSense

Several Internet users on Reddit complain abouta drift problem with the DualSense controller of the PS5. Concretely, the joystick of the controller activates itself, and without the slightest intervention from the player. De facto, the camera or the character moves in one direction on the screen. This bug can make your favorite PS5 games unplayable. According to reports, it is usually the left analog stick that starts to move on its own.

The bug is similar to the one encountered on Nintendo Switch. Very widespread, this failure is called “Joy-Con Drift”. Clearly, the joysticks send a false signal to the console, as if you were moving them slightly in one direction. Usually, this bug occurs on controllers that have been used for several years. A drift problem has also already been spotted on aging PS4 DualShock.

How to reset the DualSense controller on the PS5?

If you have noticed a drift problem on your DualSense, we recommend that you first clean the area around the joysticks with a cotton swab. Infiltrated dust may cause the malfunction. However, this is more the case on controllers dating back several years. But before contacting Sony to enforce the warranty, we invite you to reset the DualSense controller. Indeed, the maneuver sometimes solves the problem of PS4 DualShock drift.

  • First turn off your console and unplug the controller
  • Take a SIM card extractor, a paper clip or a very thin pin
  • With this tool, press the reset button on the back of the controller for 5 seconds
  • Then connect the DualSense to the PS5 with the USB cable
  • Press the PlayStation button in the center of the DualSense to synchronize it with the PS5

The problems are piling up for the Sony console. This is not the first bug spotted by buyers. Testimonials claim that the PS5 is very loud. Sony indeed uses different fans depending on the model. Others have encountered compatibility issues with 4K HDR. Finally, some players ensure that their PS5 does not start anymore.