Are Your DualShock 4 Sticks Wearing Away?

In the run up to launch, there was rumour that the DualShock 4 thumbsticks weren’t quite as durable as people had hoped. Pictures filtered out of well worn controllers from demo stations where the rubber texture to the left stick had been worn away.

Of course, at that time it was easy to shelve the discussion, with early production materials and hardware being used, and subject to a lot of abusive wear and tear from consoles being carted from one game show to another.

Two months since the initial launch and it’s not as easy to dismiss. There are reports and pictures from a wide range of people that have seen not just the texture being lost, but the outer layer itself being worn away to such a degree that it splits and breaks through to the main plastic underneath. Though my own controllers haven’t deteriorated to that degree, one of Peter’s has.


He’s quite bitter about this.

To try and see just how widespread an issue this really is, we’d like for you to share with us your own experience with the DualShock 4, and whether the analogue sticks are fit for purpose.

Just pop your answer down in the poll below, but also feel free give us a little more context in the comments below, and we’ll come back to the results some time next week.



  1. I mentioned in one of my WWP posts a few weeks ago that I’m having the sticking R1 button issue. Not particularly impressed but will look to YouTube for the WD40 fix. The rubber on the left stick is noticeably smoother than it was but has not split, yet…

  2. I blame FIFA for the deterioration of mine. The sticks seemed fine after plenty of Resogun & Knack action. It was only after I started playing FIFA online that I noticed the rubber coming away. I guess the sticks aren’t up to the increased pressure (stress and rage) FIFA induces :-)

  3. I have one that has a single spot of wear on the left controller and I believe that was there straight out of the box. The bigger issue I have is that one of my controllers kept tilting upwards with the right analog stick without being pressed at all. Yes, I was the guy in Killzone who charged at you and looked down to shoot the floor before you killed me…
    Anyone else had such good luck?

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