There’s no denying that the PlayStation 4 controller is an enormous step forward from its predecessor, but early reports did complain about a defect in the DualShock 4’s analogue sticks. While we haven’t encountered the issue ourselves here at Push Square towers, a not insignificant number of early adopters have reported that, after use, their thumbsticks would tear and break.

While platform holder Sony hasn’t commented on the issue, one intrepid Amazon marketplace seller has happened upon a novel solution: aluminium metal joysticks. You can pick these up for $12.99 alongside four similarly styled buttons, and easily install them yourselves. There’s even a gold set – not solid, obviously – if you’re feeling a little more bling.

Alright, it’s not exactly an excuse for the shoddy build quality of some DualShock 4s, but as the seller points out, these are much more durable than plastic sticks. As such, if you’re the sort of person that sits around clicking L3 all day in Call of Duty: Ghosts, you may want to consider giving your peripheral a Terminator-esque upgrade.

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