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PS5's DualSense adaptive triggers said to be breaking

Published: 13:10, 25 December 2020
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PS5's DualSense controller

Every controller malfunction is bound to attract Nintendo Joy-Con drift comparisons, but the number of users reporting DualSense adaptive triggers breaking is still not there yet.

Of course, DualSense adaptive triggers are still in their first generation, so there was bound to be some quirks, but this one seems a bit big. On the positive side, it's not exactly a break, but more on that in a bit. 

In a thread on ResetEra, a PlayStation 5 owner talked about his experience in Spider-Man: Miles Morales. While swinging around the city, his R2 felt as if it snapped and left behind a regular trigger button, without any adaptive triggering

"A few days ago, I was swinging around in Miles Morales when I felt the R2 snap and immediately become looser. It was as if whatever was causing the trigger to "resist" broke, causing it to go back to being a regular, non-adaptive trigger", he wrote.

The user in question has less than 50 hours of playtime on PlayStation 5, so it's not exactly a standard wear and tear issue. To be fair, most of the responses on the thread were about players exceeding 100 hours and controllers still doing fine, but it's not an isolated incident. 

A simple Google search will reveal it's actually a more widespread issue than fanboys would like to admit, although it's still far from being eligible to be compared to Nintendo's Joy-Con drift. 

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There are some Reddit threads about similar issues, some of which have found a way to address the snapping of the spring inside the DualSense controller without involving Sony. 

You can learn more in the thread on ResetEra

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