In the month of November 2020, some players reported having encountered the same problem as the Joy-con of the Nintendo Switch . This is drifting, a phenomenon that affects analog sticks and causes unwanted actions by the player in the game. Consequence: your character may start to move on its own, without you 'You haven't done anything about it! In a video posted on February 19, the iFixit channel explored the controller and presented the problem. Explanations.
a potentiometer affair
In the video, one of the product disassembly and repair specialists at iFixit went to look inside the joystick the causes of the problem. Thus, it is explained that the joysticks are fixed on the controller board of the joystick in the presence of the potentiometers whose role is to ensure "the order " of direction. They end up deteriorating after a certain time of use, thus impacting the reading of the commands.
That 's not all: prolonged use also causes the appearance of "dust from plastic particles " which cause "pollution " of the mechanism. In cause according to the iFixit expert: modern controllers are made of so-called "self-lubricating" plastics which increases the impact of its own degradation on the controller. Once rid of its impurities, it is interesting to note that the controller has started to function normally again.
A maximum lifespan of 7 months
The YouTube channel took the analysis a step further by making an estimate on the basis of the information gathered. According to the joystick manufacturer (ALPS), it is possible to achieve 2 million cycles of use in rotation and 500,000 cycles in pressure. Thus, in the case of the game Call of duty : Modern Warfare which served as baFor the test, the lifespan of the controller would be estimated between 4 and 7 months.
In detail, this can be explained by a simple calculation . The average for a player would be 80 rotations per minute, or 2 million rotations in 25,000 minutes. Total: 209 days (approximately 7 months) at the rate of 2 hours of play per day. By playing more aggressively (120 rotations per minute), the figure drops to 139 days (about 4 and a half months) , still according to information from the manufacturer ALPS. Good to know if you are planning to purchase a PS5!