The controller for the PlayStation 3 is a tried and tested formula, one that has changed very little throughout the history of the Sony Playstations. However, it is not without its little problems. When the control stick is held on the centre, it rests in something called the "dead zone," an area where slight movements of the stick have no impact on the game. This is designed to allow for bumps or twitches that could ruin a game. However on some games this is counterproductive. On driving games or shooting games such as Call of Duty, precision is key and this can be hampered by the dead zone. There are things that can be done to change this.
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Check whether you can change the settings of your controllers. To do this, load up the game you intend to play. Go onto the main menu and make your way to the settings screen. Choose the controller preferences option. There are some games such as Test Drive Unlimited 2 where the option to change controller settings including the dead zone is available. This will allow you to have the control set more to your preferences.
Change the controller you use, especially if your controller is old and worn. Try another controller of the same model to determine that the problem was just with the original controller. If the controller is under warranty, Sony may replace it themselves. If not, a new controller is expensive so make sure it is definitely a problem with the original controller and not the game itself. You can check this by testing the game on another console.
Replace the old joysticks with new ones. These are widely available. If the problem is with the joysticks then this is the cheapest option, although it is fiddly and should only be done if the controller can be properly reassembled with no visible effects. It is a relatively simple process, with the cover being unscrewed to expose the inside, and the new sticks simply being placed in and the old ones removed.
Tips and warnings
- Taking apart your controller will void the warranty.
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