PS5 DualSense Drift Lawsuit Being Explored by Law Firm

Law Firm Who Created JoyCon Drift Lawsuit is Now Targeting the PS5's DualSense Controller

Published: February 10, 2021 2:59 PM /


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It looks like the PS5 controller might be having some problems — a DualSense drift lawsuit is being explored by the same law firm that is also behind the Joy-Con Drift class-action lawsuit.

The "drift" phenomenon applies to the analog sticks of a game controller and describes the unintentional movement in a game. For example, you might push right on an analog stick and your character would move left instead. It's also possible that you could not be touching the analog stick at all and yet your character will move anyway.

Thus far, the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con and Xbox Elite controllers appeared to have a problem with drifting; the law firm of Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith is currently engaged in a class-action lawsuit that's going through arbitration for Nintendo Switch. Now, that same law firm is targeting Sony's DualSense controller over the same problem.

"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," read a statement from the law firm on its website (via Eurogamer). "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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How to Apply for the PS5 Dualsense Drift Lawsuit

You can participate in the DualSense drift lawsuit by filling out a form on the Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith website.

It should be noted, however, that this class-action lawsuit hasn't actually started yet. The law firm appears to be gathering data, probably to see if the problem is widespread enough to warrant a lawsuit. If you think you've noticed some drift in your DualSense, it might not be a bad idea to apply.

Have you experienced drifting in your DualSense controller or any of your other controllers? How do you deal with the problem? Let us know in the comments below!

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