Whenever a product becomes popular, you’ll see a rise of fake versions of that product, and whilst it is sometimes very easy to tell if a product is fake, there are times when it is a little more difficult. Sony’s DualShock 4 controllers are extremely good quality products, but it looks like fake versions of this controller have started popping up. So how can you tell if your controller is fake?
1. Overall Quality
The official Sony controllers are very good quality, the edges are smooth all the way round, and there is a certain ‘weight’ to them. If something about your controller feels a bit off, if for example the touchpad only works now and again, or the controller rattles if you shake it about, or the colours or logos are rubbing off slightly, there’s a good chance it’s a fake. So look for the obvious signs first.
2. Odd Charging Behaviour
When you charge a genuine DualShock 4 controller, the charging light will pulse in orange. Fake controller’s light will turn off after a few seconds, and remain off, despite still charging. The speed of a charge is another sign to look for, as fake controllers tend to charge up very slowly.
3. Button/General Usage Difficulty
What you may find on the fake controllers is that you need to push the buttons in on the controller a little harder for it to be recognised within a game. The analog sticks are also a good place to look as they tend to be a little stiffer on fake controllers than real ones. Check and make sure that the face button’s have got uniform height, and the circle and triangle buttons in particular are correctly lined up.
This list isn’t exhaustive, as there other things you can check. For example if you have the packaging, you can check to see if there are any typos (as there tends to be on fake products). Also, if the price for the controller is too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true, so be careful when purchasing them from places like ebay.