Tried searching, but was wondering if anyone else has had problems with their DS4's sticks. I've now had two where the rubber has worn through and exposed the plastic underneath. I sent one in for a replacement, and am about to do the same for the second. Is this a new thing, or does it always happen to controllers? I don't remember having any issues with the DS3 or 360 gamepad.
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I've had the rubber on my left stick wear off a bit, but it doesn't really bother me and I very rarely notice it. I'll probably replace it at some point assuming they work out the issue in newer controllers, but it's not that big of a deal for me. Still, it's a really weird that this wasn't fixed before launch/hasn't been fixed this far after.
Yea I didn't like the stock sticks and I thought the DS3 pads were a better fit.
Not because of the rubber tearing or anything but the DS4 sticks felt like they got greasy real fast and the concave, almost flat, shape didn't work well when slippery.
Did a bunch of work and experimenting and ended up with this:
DS3 tops attached to DS4 bottoms. Was actually trickier than it sounds because you need to get the points where they attach perfectly level with each other and get the height just right. And of course they need to be perfectly centered on the DS4 stick base. I was using a digital caliper measuring to a thousandths of an inch. If they are off, you might not be able to really notice visually but you can feel it when using the controller. The tops also have to be from DS3 and not DS2. DS2 sticks are a little bigger and won't fit through the opening in the controller.
ahh controller problems are such bummers. Have two controllers myself with no problems but maybe not as heavy a user as y'all. Have definitely heard of this in other threads though.
Maybe it's a weather thing. Y'all in humid places? It's dry as shit where I am and the controllers are fine. In fact I've never had any weird controller issues ever, now that I think about it.
Which is nuts. That's like 50 controllers.
Have the PS4 since launch and no problem with the sticks so far (think they are great too), though I sometimes have a sticky button. Especially the shoulder buttons and somehow the X button seem to 'stick'. Most of the time it's gone after I press them hard a couple of times, but still a bit strange..
Yup. My sticks lasted 3 months before it wore down enough to rip through to the hard plastic. No, I wasn't hard on the controller and my hands don't get sweaty. I still have all of my original controllers from my old consoles in flawless condition. I take care of my stuff. A few hours of Resogun and watching youtube and the DS4 fell apart. That's the reason I haven't got extra controllers for local co-op games yet. No idea if this has been fixed. I was able to get a $60 refund from Amazon after Sony couldn't help (They said to ship my only controller to them at my own expense and wait 4-6 weeks to see if they would fix or replace it).
DS4 is a decent controller, but the build quality on many of them are terrible. And Sony's handling of the situation has been poor. Still waiting to give them another $180 if they would acknowledge the problem enough to tell us whether or not it's been resolved.
I'm in Las Vegas. It's not a humidity thing.
@thatonedudenick: Yeah, I just got my replacement back from Sony, and literally 4 days in I can feel it starting to rub off. Only on the left stick too (probably because it's more used. Maybe it's my imagination, but I've only played like four hours of Don't Starve plus menu navigation. Sending in my controller was only eight bucks, but even that kind of sucks.
@egg: Hahahahaha, you got me. Microsoft paid for my sub. I bow to your forum post number.
Never had a DS4 with a rudder.
You should probably get one.
@counterclockwork87: I have a friend who uses the top of her thumbs when she plays. And also my hands sweat a lot...but I'm going to contend that sweaty hands are gaming tradition.
Perhaps! I play with the thumbsticks at the very bottom of my thumbs, almost near the hinge of the knuckle. I have pretty long thumbs/hands so its the best way to hold a controller for me, so it could be due to how I hold the controller. My hands also never ever sweat unless I'm doing super hard labor or something.
They feel fine to me, but I havent had my ps4 for long (almost a month using it pretty much every day). They don't feel susceptible to peeling at all. Maybe you guys slide your fingers across the sticks too much? I dunno. Hopefully my controller stays intact. If not, it's a good excuse to get one of the blue ps4 controllers.
The only issue I have found with DS4 is my L1 trigger gets stuck a lot. Have yet to find a fix other than disassembling and doing a bit of sanding.
Takes you a few seconds to remove the L1 / R1 buttons and half a minute to clean it up. No disassembly. It's all on youtube.
My first controller in the box started peeling two days after I got it. I ordered a second controller in late April and it was fine until a couple days ago when I noticed the left stick was beginning to tear. It's a real bummer, especially since Sony wants you to send the controller in of your own volition and then wait two months for a replacement.
@geraltitude: I have two DS4s that both see heavy use (one on the PS4, one for the PC) and I've had no issues. Right now it's 93% humidity here according to accuweather and while that's on the high end, it's never really dry here, it's 50%+ at all times.
@dinosaurs: holy moly are your fingers made out of sandpaper plus that is one gross looking controller dude .
for me the rubber fades a little so that the rough texture fades off. had to replace my controller cause the trigger broke so i bought a fancy red one and i noticed the the rubber was different to the last one. the first one had little grooves on the outside part but the new one does not. it needs to be more durable thats for sure with better texture grips and more curved out in the center .
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