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Class-action lawsuit filed against Sony over DualSense controller drift issues

Last week brought reports that some PS5 owners had found their DualSense controllers were displaying drift analog sticks detecting phantom inputs. Law firm Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP filed a class action lawsuit against Sony regarding the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller drift.

The lawsuit was filed on February 12 in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, on behalf of plaintiff Lmarc Turner and “similarly situated consumers.”

The lawsuit, a copy of which was sent to GamesIndustry.biz, argued that the DualSense controller is “defective” as it suffers from a drift defect, a problem that sees it recording input even when the player is not using it.

As reported by Eurogamer, the DualSense class-action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of a plaintiff called Lmarc Turner, of Virginia, along with other US DualSense owners.

The complaint was filed on February 12 against Sony Corporation of America and Sony Interactive Entertainment. It claims the DualSense is “defective.”

“Specifically, the DualSense controllers that are used to operate the PS5 contain a defect that results in characters or gameplay moving on the screen without user command or manual operation of the joystick, ” states the suit.

“This defect significantly interferes with gameplay and thus compromises the DualSense controller’s core functionality.”

While drift often affects controllers only after a lengthy period of time, some users say it appeared within weeks of purchasing the console ten days, in one case. One Redditor posted a video of the controller drift affecting Destiny 2.

Controller drift has become a prominent issue for every platform holder, with numerous lawsuits against Nintendo across Europe, the US, and Canada, while Microsoft recently asked a US district court judge to force plaintiffs in a lawsuit over defective Xbox controllers to go to individual arbitration.

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