Differentiate Original Dualshock 4 Controller from a Fake

You may think that differentiating between an original Dualshock 4 controller and a fake is not a tough task by any stretch of imagination. Though, it is quite the contrary. Yes, fake Dualshock controllers very much exist and are selling like hotcakes. It certainly hurts to realize that the real Dualshock 4 controller you paid big bucks for was actually a replica. Here are some indicators that can help you tell apart an original Dualshock 4 controller from a fake.

Original Dualshock 4 controller box

The box

At first glance, the box for an original Dualshock 4 controller and a fake seem no different. It all seems fine with the mention of ‘PS4 Dualshock 4 Wireless Controller’ on the front. However, this tale takes a turn once you flip the box over.

While an original Dualshock 4 controller has information printed in English, the replica is full of Japanese writing. There is merely a mention of ‘SONY Computer Entertainment’ and ‘Made in China’ in English language. Though, the rest is all Japanese (as if someone’s trying to connect with you, telepathically).

Original Dualshock 4 controller charging cable

Charge cycles

The usual time to charge the original Dualshock 4 controller is nearly two hours. Ofcourse, a fake Dualshock 4 takes much longer than that. Afterall, it comes with a fake charging cable, unlike the original Dualshock 4 controller. So, if you end up with a replica you can tell it apart by its slow charge time.

Original Dualshock 4 controller buttons

Stiff buttons

A high quality replica of the controller seems exactly the same as an original Dualshock 4 controller. It has the same touchpad, light bar and writing at the back. Thus, it is easy to be deceived by this level of similarity.

The trick is to try the face buttons and the analogue stick. While these feel smooth on an original Dualshock 4 controller, the replica can feel rough as you press in the buttons with more pressure than usual. Similarly, you will be forced to push around the analogue with some more force than usual.


That pretty much sums up the method of differentiating between an original Dualshock 4 controller and a fake one. If you are looking to buy a used copy, make sure you check the box for the Japanese writing on the box. Next up, press the buttons and push around the analogue stick to check if it feels rough on the edges or if they require unusually high pressure. Finally, put the Dualshock 4 on charge and pay attention to the charge time which should not exceed two hours with an original Dualshock 4.

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2 Responses

  1. Matt says:

    I think I’ve been hit with a good fake. Packaging is all English. The inner leaflet was very sparse and had some grammatical errors. First sign was the model number on the bottom of the box (cuh-zct1u) didn’t match the model on the controller (cuh-zct1h). Second was it doesnt stay connected to the ps4 any longer than 10mins, then I noticed that tracker pad was horrific to use. Really glitchy and uncontrollable. Last is the noise it makes from the interior. You can hear a buzzing sound inside it.

    The controller I got with my ps4 works flawlessly and is dead silent.

    • John says:

      Hey did u manage to get a replacement from SONY? Mine doesa buzzing sound aswell, but other than that it’s working flawlessly ( I think)

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