PS5 DualSense Controller Drift: US Law Firm Investigating Class Action Suit

A US law firm that has already filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo for Joy-Con drift is now “investigating” a similar case against Sony, alleging analog stick drift in the PS5 DualSense controller.

Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP has set up a questionnaire page, asking for PS5 owners to report instances of drift (in which the console registers stick input, even if the controller isn’t being touched).

“CSK&D is investigating a potential class action based upon reports that Sony PS5 DualSense controllers for the PlayStation 5 console can experience drift issues and/or fail prematurely,” reads the page introduction. “Specifically, it is reported that the joystick on certain PS5 DualSense controllers will automatically register movement when the joystick is not being controlled and interfere with gameplay.”

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Reports have begun to emerge around alleged drift on PS5 DualSense controllers in recent days, although it’s not clear how widespread an issue it is at this point. CSK&D’s questionnaire is likely an effort to find out just that, before embarking on any formal legal proceedings.

CSK&D is in the midst of a class-action suit against Nintendo, which was compelled to arbitration after a judge refused to dismiss the case – a case which began with a similar survey of users. It’s one of a number of worldwide cases about and investigations into drift on Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers.

Recent patents have suggested Sony may be looking to upgrade the DualSense, although those patterns did not mention changes to analog stick design. We awarded the DualSense a 9/10 review, saying “Sony has both made a more comfortable gamepad for traditional gameplay, and introduced some very exciting features.”

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