I purchased my Playstation 4 at a midnight launch and after only a few months the rubber analog sticks have started to wear down. The grip has disappeared leaving a bald surface which means my fingers slip and slide off the sticks, resulting in an uncomfortable experience.
I really like the PS4 controller but the fact that the thumb sticks wear down so quickly, as has been reported by thousands of other users, means that this controller still loses to the Xbox counterpart in terms of comfort.
After an uncomfortable time playing FIFA 14 I decided to head down to EB Games to pick up some thumb grips in the hope they would solve the problem. The grips are only $4.99 here in Canada, and so far it has been money well spent. In the pack there are two variants of grips: one pair (pictured on the left) is almost completely studded offering maximum thumb grip whereas the second pair (on the right) are more akin to the grips found on the Xbox 360 controller. Both fit over the PS4 analog sticks securely and don’t move during gameplay; in fact, apart from enhanced grip, you won’t notice they are there.
I found this to be a good solution for the time being and my controller is way more comfortable than it was before. Sony has to address this issue because there is no way the thumb sticks should wear out this soon after purchase. It’s been reported that Sony has said:
“A very small number of users have reported to us that the rubber surface of their Wireless Controller DUALSHOCK®4′s analogue sticks have torn.
Although the rubber material of the analogue sticks fulfils our quality assurance standard, we will inspect individual DUALSHOCK®4 controllers experiencing this symptom, and will replace them with new ones for free as long as they are within the warranty.” (thesixthaxis.com)
While mine are within warranty, I couldn’t lose my only controller for any amount of time and therefore the above fix seems best, especially as a replacement controller would probably be affected by the same issue.
If you have experienced similar problems, then I would definitely recommend the Biogenik thumb grips.