One of the most innovative features of the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller is the adaptive triggers, which can adjust the resistance and feedback of the L2 and R2 buttons depending on the game and situation. For example, in Astro’s Playroom, you can feel the tension of a bow or a spring in the triggers, while in Fortnite, different weapons will have different trigger sensations. The adaptive triggers are designed to create a more immersive and realistic gaming experience, but they also come with a potential downside: they could wear out faster than regular triggers.
How The Adaptive Triggers Work
The adaptive triggers work by using a special geared motor that applies current to create tension and resistance for the triggers. This motor is attached to a large black frame inside the controller that houses the L2 and R2 buttons. The motor and the frame take up a lot of space inside the controller, and also add more weight and complexity to the device. The motor is also likely to consume more battery power than a simple vibration motor.
The Secret to Making the PS5 Controller Last Longer
While Sony has not revealed how durable or reliable the adaptive triggers are, some users have reported issues with them after using them for a while. Some have noticed that the triggers lose their resistance or become stuck or unresponsive. Others have reported loud noises or grinding sounds coming from the motor or the gears. These problems could be caused by various factors, such as dust, dirt, moisture, wear and tear, or manufacturing defects.
If you want to avoid these issues or extend the lifespan of your DualSense controller, you might want to consider turning off the adaptive triggers feature. You can do this by going to Settings > Accessories > Controllers > Trigger Effect Intensity and selecting Off. This will disable the adaptive triggers for all games and make them behave like regular triggers with no resistance or feedback. You can also adjust the intensity to Weak or Strong if you prefer some level of adaptive trigger effect.
By turning off the adaptive triggers, you might lose some of the immersion and realism that they provide, but you might also save some battery life and prevent potential damage to your controller. Of course, this is a personal preference and you might enjoy using the adaptive triggers as they are intended.
However, it is good to know that you have the option to disable them if you want to. The DualSense controller is still an amazing device with many other features, such as haptic feedback, touchpad, speaker, microphone, motion sensor, and a light bar. Many people complain that they are too expensive ranging from around $80 or more for a new one. Considering the cost it might be beneficial to avoid using those adaptive triggers, but to each their own.