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How To Fix PS4 Controller Lagging

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The PS4 controller is an essential part of your gaming console, but many things can go wrong. For example, the controller can lag or lose its control over the console. You don’t want it to become a serious problem as this will leave you nowhere during a crucial point in a game.

If you are struggling with the same lagging issue, the simple tricks explained in this article can help you fix your PS4 controller.

What is the PS4 Controller Lagging Issue?

Gaming controllers are a kind of input device for gaming consoles like PS4. They work in a way that you press the button to command your console to act so that you can play a game quickly. The lagging issues occur when the controller fails or experiences delays in sending commands once you press a button.

Performing the right action at the right time is very important in gaming. Thus, the lagging issues will undoubtedly affect your game and lead you to lose to the opponent. Hence, being a gamer, you probably know the pain of a lagging gaming controller.

Methods to Fix PS4 Controller Lagging Issues

Having your game controller lagging is undoubtedly confusing, and sometimes we can’t figure out why it happened. Hence, you can try the five tricks explained below to help you overcome your lagging PS4 game controller.

Method #1: Check for Physical Damages

If you are using a wired gaming controller, you should first check for physical damage to the controller or the wire. If there’s any damage, the controller might not be responding as well as it should be. If you find any damage, you can replace the wire or get a new controller.

Method #2: Charge the Controller Properly

Suppose you use a wireless PS4 controller and face lagging problems. The common problem might be with the battery. Hence, charge your controller correctly by plugging it in with the original charging cable to be appropriately charged. Using genuine or good quality charging cable is strongly recommended. You may note that partially charged PS4 controllers can also cause lagging or delays in the gaming experience. Once your controller is charged properly, you can enjoy gaming with your normal controller.

Method #3: Reset the Controller

If your controller is charged adequately and there is no physical damage. The lagging problem might be with the connectivity. To fix this, you can try resetting your controller. Resetting the controller will erase all the past wireless connectivity history and improve connectivity issues.

Follow these steps to reset your controller:

  1. Turn off the PS4 and its controller.
  2. Find a small hole labeled as RESET on the upper left side of the controller. All the wireless controllers commonly have a small hole to reset the controller.
  3. Take a Simcard ejector or needle to press and hold the button inside the hole.
  4. The lights on the controller will start blinking, and the reset process will start automatically.
  5. Once all the controllers’ lights get back to normal, your controller will reset, and your controller should be fixed and normal again.

Method #4: Reset the PS4 Gaming Console

If there is no problem with your game controller, you have performed three previous methods, but the lagging problems still remain. THen the problems may form the PS4 console itself. The console problems like not having enough space or the system downloading some malware could cause a delay between the controller and PS4 console. You can try fixing this issue by resetting your PS4.

Follow the step-by-step below to reset your gaming console.

  1. First, make sure there is no USB connection with the PS4.
  2. Go to “Settings” and select the “Initialization” tab.
  3. Select the “Initialize PS4” option and select the “Full Option” again.
  4. A confirmation message will appear on the screen. Once you confirm the message, your PS4 will automatically reset.

Those steps above will solve all the issues from the PS4 controller itself. If the problem remains, you can try the next final method.

Method #5: Update the PS4 Firmware

If you have reset your PS4 console and don’t fix the controller, the problems may come from your PS4 firmware. Sometimes, an older version of firmware on consoles can also cause connectivity issues. Once the firmware is updated, it will solve your lagging controller. You can update the firmware in two ways, either manually or automatically.

Automatic Update

  1. Go to the “Setting” and enable “Automatic Downloads of Application Update Files.
  2. If your PS4 needs a software update, the system will automatically download the required firmware and update it.

Manual Update

  1. Download the PS4 updated firmware from the official website of PlayStation Firmware.
  2. Take a USB drive (make sure it is empty), create a new folder, and name it PS4.
  3. Go inside the folder and create another folder with the name UPDATE.
  4. Copy the updated firmware file and paste it into the UPDATE folder. Make sure to rename the file with PS4UPDATE.PUP.
  5. Turn Off the PS4 and plug in the USB.
  6. Press and hold the power button until the PS4 turns on to take your PS4 to safe mode.
  7. Click on the “Update System Software” tab and select the file stored in your USB.
  8. The update will start once the system scans the file.


All of the methods mentioned above have been tested and worked. Hopefully, it works for you as well. If you follow the procedures correctly, it will solve the PS4 controller lagging issues, and you will not need to buy a new controller.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I reset my PS4 controller?

You can easily reset your PS4 controller/joystick by pressing and holding the reset button on the back. It will reset all the settings to the defaults, and you can connect it to any gaming console.

How to connect a controller to PS4?

Connect the wire to the PS4 and press and hold the PS button on the controller for 5 seconds. The lights will blink on your controller for a few seconds before the controller synced with PS4, and the connection will be established successfully.

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