PS4 Controller Thumbsticks Temporary Fix (See Pics)

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#1 Edited by Slimmin360 (1607 posts) -

Hey Guys, for those like me who have already replaced a controller due to worn out rubber on the thumbsticks, or are contemplating it because the rubber tops are thinning or peeling, i came up with this temporary solution.

I took a pair of my 5yr old daughters old black mittens and cut off the thumb tips, then i placed it over each thumbstick and sewed the open bottom around the stick part itself and pulled it nice and tight, almost making a type of winter hat for the thumbsticks.

Now you would think it would make it loose or maybe your finger might slide off the stick, but it doesn't. i think because of the indentation on the top of each thumbstick, Plus the seam of the mittens original stitching, the material just settles in and it makes it quite comfortable to grip and play, and yet the fabric is soft enough to not wear the rubber thumbstick tops any worse.

I've already tested gameplay with Call of Duty Multiplayer and Knack, two games that demand alot of thumbstick movement, and it felt and responded just fine.

Well it's a temporary fix at best, at least until Sony decides to revamp the controller, hopefully in the near future.

These childrens black mittens can be found in any dollar store, Wal-mart or Target, dirt cheap....

Take a look at the pic's and let me know what you think

#2 Edited by Zen_Light (1603 posts) -

lol what happened to your quality assurance department, Sony?

#3 Posted by rosko123 (538 posts) -

If you aren't happy you should just take it back and get a replacement.

#4 Posted by Slimmin360 (1607 posts) -

@Zen_Light:

Actually when i called Sony they did say that if the rubber peeled away again on my replacement controller that they would send me a new one for free.

I just didn't want to wait around for it to happen again, as it is i could feel the rubber wearing thin on the left thumbstick, so i concocted this little fix for now, hopefully it'll last a while.

#5 Posted by Zen_Light (1603 posts) -

I just can't believe they let a product leave the floor with such low quality. Most Sony products are high quality which leads me to think they just were in a hurry to get these systems out for launch. That's just unacceptable.

#6 Posted by Slimmin360 (1607 posts) -

@Zen_Light said:

I just can't believe they let a product leave the floor with such low quality. Most Sony products are high quality which leads me to think they just were in a hurry to get these systems out for launch. That's just unacceptable.

I whole heartedly agree, but i really think,Sony will eventually make an upgraded version of the dualshock 4....They did the switch with the Sixaxxis to the dualshock 3, when it wasn't even technically broken or faulty, just missing the rumble feature and when a massive amount of people complained about it, they put out the dualshock 3.

Now they have a real legitimate flaw in the latest Playstation controller, so i sincerely think they'll offer an upgraded solution within the year.

#7 Edited by marcheegsr (2992 posts) -

Good idea man.

#8 Posted by Geminon (1177 posts) -

here is hoping they make the center of the thumb sticks completely concave when they do a revamp.... and make the sticks out of a different kind of rubber.

#9 Edited by bezza2011 (2712 posts) -

I've not had any problem with mine, except for when i keep reading about this and it plays ohn my mind when i'm playing but up to now nothing has happened.

#10 Posted by murstdurst (303 posts) -

How the hell do you people hold your controller? and does your fingers sweat like crazy? because if have used my controller daily since launch and have yet to notice the slightest thinning or breaking of the sticks.

#11 Posted by Slimmin360 (1607 posts) -

@murstdurst said:

How the hell do you people hold your controller? and does your fingers sweat like crazy? because if have used my controller daily since launch and have yet to notice the slightest thinning or breaking of the sticks.

Just keep playng games like Knack or Killzone, or even BF4 or Ghost and you'll see, the outer edges of the rubber on the sticks begins to peel away...i'm not wishing it on you, i hope it never happens to you infact.

However i'm on my second controller and two weeks in and i could feel the rubber on the left stick thinning again, and i even centered my thumb this time on the indentation on top of the stick, so as not to wear out the outer edges again, and still it was wearing down.

So i think it's just an eventuality for all PS4 owners, and something Sony will have to fix eventually.

#12 Posted by murstdurst (303 posts) -

I do play killzone, and ac and resogun... all of which are heavy use on the analog sticks, yet they are still like new.

#13 Posted by mjf249 (2880 posts) -

Buy a pair of Kontrol Freeks. They mainly help in FPS games, but I found them useful playing any game and you don't have to worry about your sticks rubbing off. They are awkward at first, but once you get use to them they are really nice, plus helps my thumbs as well.

#14 Posted by starwarsjunky (24749 posts) -

wtf are you doing to those controllers?!?!

#15 Edited by clr84651 (5544 posts) -

I have no idea how people are wearing out the thumbsticks. Lame!

#16 Edited by jer_1 (7451 posts) -

I've put a lot of hours on mine and there are no issues with it. How hard are you digging down on those sticks, my god! xD

#17 Posted by KHAndAnime (14554 posts) -

How do you even do that? Me and my brother bought a PS4 controller and have been using it long before launch on our PC. And then we've been using it for the PS4. Even with our combined hours using the controller, there isn't the slightest sign of wear. Getting mad at your games or something?...