Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Sony for PS5 DualSense Controller Drift

By Rafay Faheem 18 Feb, 21

Remember the time when PS4 Controllers were famous for joystick drift? Well, that’s the case with PS5 Controllers as a new class-action lawsuit has been filed against Sony in a US court. The lawsuit states that Sony knew about the defective controllers paired with the PS5 consoles yet did nothing about it.
The law firm that filed the lawsuit, Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP (CSK&D), in the state of New York initially launched an investigation before taking serious legal action. The defendants are listed as Sony Corporation of America (and Sony Interactive Entertainment), and this is the first reported lawsuit against the Sony PS5 DualSense. The Controller is listed as “defective” within the lawsuit because of the inherent drift that is noticeable while playing games. The actual text used to describe the situation is:
"a defect that results in characters or gameplay moving on the screen without user command or manual operation of the joystick"
The second thing stated is that the company has been aware of this issue for quite a while but has not taken any steps to fix and/or acknowledge the drift issue at all. The lawsuit claims that through rigorous alpha testing, and multiple customer feedback complains Sony have chosen to avoid the drift issue altogether to maintain a silent approach on the matter.
This is related to the fact that CSK&D also filed a class-action lawsuit against Nintendo for the very same Joycon drift that is present in the Switch. It seems that there is a trend brewing for consumers responding legally to their products not being up to standards. For more news on everything Sony, stay tuned on GameList Blog!