New DualSense Firmware Update Reportedly Causing Stick Drift
The new firmware update for the PS5‘s DualSense controller is reportedly causing stick drift issues for several users.
One such user states that their controller was working as intended and never had any problem until they updated it to firmware 0307. From then onward, they experienced stick drift on the left analog stick, They tried resetting the controller as well as deleting the Bluetooth connection and reconnecting to no avail.
Another affected user states that they were already in the middle of a gaming session when they decided to update their DualSense controller. After installing the update, the controller started showing signs of drifting in the top-left direction and occasionally in the downward direction. They admitted that there’s a slim chance that this may have happened due to wear and tear, though they believe it’s much more likely that it was caused by the firmware update itself.
On the other hand, there are also users who updated their DualSense controllers to firmware version 0307 and have yet to report any problem with stick drift. The situation is rather unusual, though it’s probably a good idea to stay on the previous version of the firmware if the only option to update the controller is via PC.
The DualSense is the PlayStation 5’s controller and was unveiled on April 7, 2020. It is based on the DualShock 4 controller that came before it but with an evolution to its design and capabilities influenced by discussions with game designers and players.
The voice coil actuators built into the palm grips of DualSense support vibrotactile haptic, and two DC rotary motors provide force feedback for the Adaptive Triggers. The motors in the Adaptive Triggers support experiences like virtually drawing an arrow from a bow thanks to the actuators in the hand grip that can provide varied and intuitive feedback about in-game actions.