Why does my PS4 controller right analog stick drift?

Answered by Frank Schwing

There are a few different reasons why your PS4 controller’s right analog stick might be drifting. One common cause is dust or debris that has accumulated inside the controller. Over time, this grime can build up and affect the electrical components, causing the stick to drift.

I’ve personally experienced this issue with my own PS4 controller. After some time of use, I noticed that my right analog stick would occasionally move on its own, even when I wasn’t touching it. This can be extremely frustrating, especially when playing games that require precise control.

To fix this issue, I decided to open up my controller and see if there was any dust or debris causing the problem. I carefully removed the screws on the back of the controller and gently lifted off the top cover. Inside, I could see a small amount of dust and dirt around the analog stick mechanism.

Using a can of compressed air, I carefully blew away the dust from the affected area. I also used a soft brush to gently remove any remaining debris. After cleaning the inside of the controller, I put everything back together and tested it out. Thankfully, the drifting issue was resolved, and my right analog stick was working perfectly again.

Another possible cause of analog stick drift is physical damage to the controller. If your controller has been dropped or subjected to excessive wear and tear, the internal components may become damaged, leading to drifting issues. In this case, opening up the controller and cleaning it may not solve the problem.

If you suspect that physical damage is the cause of the drift, you may need to consider replacing the controller or seeking professional repair. It’s also worth noting that some PS4 controllers are more prone to drifting issues than others, so it’s always a good idea to do some research and read reviews before purchasing a new controller.

Dust and debris accumulation, as well as physical damage, are the most common causes of PS4 controller drift. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help prevent or resolve drifting issues, but in some cases, replacement or repair may be necessary.