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Hi All,

Are you in doubt? Not sure if it’s real or fake? Well, hopefully I can help you out then.

There are some pretty good fakes though. But eventually you can always spot fakes.

Hopefully it will help you to determine whichever it’s fake or not.

  1. The black controller is an original Sony V2. The silver one is fake. The front housing looks good so far. I'm showing in picture 2 only the fake one. The tiny letters XF.LIN behind the battery capacity cannot be found on the original. Same for the letters "DW" in front of the serial code. Everything else looks the same like the original.
    • The black controller is an original Sony V2. The silver one is fake. The front housing looks good so far.

    • I'm showing in picture 2 only the fake one. The tiny letters XF.LIN behind the battery capacity cannot be found on the original. Same for the letters "DW" in front of the serial code. Everything else looks the same like the original.

    Not only XFLIN and DW, there are no EAC or CE Mark on the original controllers…

    Sk. Ahnaf Al Mehd - Reply

    I have “EAC” on my original controller https://imgur.com/QFURUeB

    Konrad -

    Noted. Thanks for your comment!

    koppie007 - Reply

    The fake ones also have NOM

    John David - Reply

  2. The first picture is the original. It has the original PH00 screws installed. The 2nd picture displays the fake one. They used PH1 screws for this one. And as you can see in the 3rd picture, the fake ones are way shorter then the original screws.
    • The first picture is the original. It has the original PH00 screws installed.

    • The 2nd picture displays the fake one. They used PH1 screws for this one.

    • And as you can see in the 3rd picture, the fake ones are way shorter then the original screws.

  3. When the controller is searching for the PS4, it should give a bright white light, not turquoise! It's obvious that the LED/Micro USB board is fake.
    • When the controller is searching for the PS4, it should give a bright white light, not turquoise! It's obvious that the LED/Micro USB board is fake.

  4. Now I'll open the controller and show some more fake parts! The battery is not even close to the original one. And it's an 600mAh battery. The original delivers 800mAh. Also the fake one was telling that there was an 800mAh battery in... The 2nd picture shows the original battery. Quiet a difference. The 3rd picture shows the LED/Micro USB board. It's obvious fake. I do not have an picture of the original one this time. There also should be text on it like (example): JDM-011 or JDM-030. There is nothing on it here. And the text colour should be in gold not in white. You can also see the fake screw holding it together again.
    • Now I'll open the controller and show some more fake parts! The battery is not even close to the original one. And it's an 600mAh battery. The original delivers 800mAh. Also the fake one was telling that there was an 800mAh battery in...

    • The 2nd picture shows the original battery. Quiet a difference.

    • The 3rd picture shows the LED/Micro USB board. It's obvious fake. I do not have an picture of the original one this time. There also should be text on it like (example): JDM-011 or JDM-030. There is nothing on it here. And the text colour should be in gold not in white. You can also see the fake screw holding it together again.

    Sorry, could you help me with a component I am looking for the JDM 030?? It's a capacitor, but I don't know what's the capacity. I was traying to change the joystick and with my little screwdriver I accidently took it off. Ando now doesn't work.

    Chris - Reply

    Hi Chris,

    what is the capacitor telling? The value should be on the capacitor, or check the motherboard. Otherwise, please post a picture so I can take a look :). Thanks!

    koppie007 -

  5. In the 1st picture, you can clearly see a switch. The button should not be blue, but it should be white/grey. You should see a motherboard name, like: JDM-040 or JDM-055. This indicated again that it's a fake. 3rd picture shows the fake motherboard again (back side).
    • In the 1st picture, you can clearly see a switch. The button should not be blue, but it should be white/grey.

    • You should see a motherboard name, like: JDM-040 or JDM-055. This indicated again that it's a fake.

    • 3rd picture shows the fake motherboard again (back side).

    Tengo tres Dualshock 4, el original que vino con la ps4 y otros dos que compré aparte pero en uno de ellos no hay número de barras y en el otro el orden de la información del Dualshock es diferente al original (en las pegatinas) como sé cuál es original y cuál no?

    yulissa - Reply

Conclusion

That’s it actually. There are more stuff to recognise if it’s a fake or not, but for what I’ve shown, those are the biggest differences between them.

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koppie007

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The important questions:

1. Is the fake controller able to wake up the console from sleep?

2. Does the fake controller work in all games and apps? The buttons or sticks do not feeling identical are okay, e.g. unstable analog controls are not okay.

mikko.rantalainen - Reply

1. Sometimes no. It depends on the fake (there are many different fakes), but some of them are not able to wake up the console from sleep.

2. It should work in every app and game, but due the soldered on thumb sticks (they do not use the original ones) they do not respond every time or feeling identical. Some fakes uses a totally different input board which is causing that it’s unresponsive and/or not feeling identical to the original.

koppie007 -

But how do you know if the casing is fake?

So far I have bought 1 fake controller and also found out that the plastic where the motherboard is on also is fake as you can't use original motherboard on that plastic as there seems to be some bad measures to the plastic part. Witch make the pad get stuck when closing.

Dani - Reply

Hi!

It can be very hard to see it from the outside. Did it came with the original battery or a fake on too? You need to modify the plastic part, otherwise it won’t fit I’m afraid..

koppie007 -

1. Do original DUALSHOCK 4 (CUH - ZCT2) series controller's serial numbers start with a special number? For example the DUALSHOCK first version starts with 1 and second version starts with 2. One of the serial number starts with 3911 and the other with 1911. Will I be able to check anywhere whether the serial numbers belong to original series or not?

2. Without opening both my controllers, everything matches with the original ones as per your findings above. However the L3 and R3 buttons function on their own and doesn't let me control the player and camera angle fully. The controllers have never been dropped or any physical damage caused.

Darshan Thykandy - Reply

Hi! First of all: I’m sorry for the late response!

1. All the serial numbers are unique as far as I know. The fake one starts with: “DW1711”. My original V2 starts with: “1611” and another one of my original controllers (V2) starts with: “2611”.

NOTE: Only the fake one displays at the back after 800mA: “XF.LIN”, all the other controllers do not have those letters on it…

2. That’s difficult to say, as the L3 and R3 buttons are working for the fake one as I showed in the pictures. It depends to be honest, there are so many different fake controllers on the market.. But it should not do things on it’s own, is it new ? Or did you bought a used item?

koppie007 -

I think I got frauded with a fake V2 controller.

Idk how to identify it but there is absolutely no jdm or jds on the motherboard.

Can i contact you please?

Philippe Andraos - Reply

Hi!

Where did you bought the controller? Can you return it? Is the battery the same as the orignal battery?

koppie007 -

Hi. I bought a controller and its the same as the real one. the sounds and everything is the same. But when I turn it on the light it is turquoise. Is it fake? And it doesnt have XF.LIN after 800mAh

SneakerSensor - Reply

Hi!

Well it could be an original one which is repaired (charging/LED board replaced). Or, it’s a pretty good fake… You need to open up the controller to be sure! Sry..

koppie007 -

Sir, its a new one its the neo versa controller.

SneakerSensor - Reply

Alright. Where did you bought the controller? The light (when searching for the PS4 as example) should be a white bright light.

koppie007 -

Sir, i bought it from a store nearby my house. It was for 71$

SneakerSensor - Reply

And the seller had fake controllers. He told me when the real ones arrive i will call you. He called and i bought the new one

SneakerSensor - Reply

Sir i think if the controller is fake, the neo versa code shouldn’t work as well. But it did work. (Correct me if im wrong.)

SneakerSensor - Reply

Could be a real one though, but not sure. The white light should look like this: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=264xa2geOB...

Don’t mind the title of the vid, just want to show how the white light should look like.

koppie007 -

Sir, when you see the real one its bright blue in irl. But in videos it looks like that. And the screws at the back are the same.

SneakerSensor - Reply

Edit: the screws are JUST a little bit different

SneakerSensor - Reply

The stickers and everything is exactly the same as the real one.

SneakerSensor - Reply

Lol sir im sorry the screws are the same

SneakerSensor - Reply

I think you got yourself a real one then :). You should be fine.

koppie007 -

Ok thanks. But does it depend on the light

SneakerSensor - Reply

And sir I unscrewed them. And the length of the screws was the same as the real one.

SneakerSensor - Reply

Sir how do u reply???? I'm new to this

SneakerSensor - Reply

On the reply button, go to the person his/her name and check the right side. There should come up": “Reply”.

Yeah, It’s real. It does not only depend on the light :).

koppie007 -

ok thanks alot

SneakerSensor - Reply

Your welcome :)!

koppie007 -

Lol when iwas unscrewing the controller and i was trying to open it up. It got dents. But idc its working

SneakerSensor - Reply

''does your controller have dents as well?''

SneakerSensor - Reply

Short answer, but: yes :)

koppie007 -

OKthanks for ur cooperation

SneakerSensor - Reply

Your welcome :)!

koppie007 -

Recently bought a new Midnight Blue controller when I first charged it the light bar turned on and off like usual, but after a couple days or so when I charge it the light bar just turns off after a couple seconds., is this normal?

Apexii - Reply

Hi!

When it’s charging the lightbar should blink orange all the time long. When it’s not blinking orange it’s not charging or done charging. Are you still able to turn the controller on? Anyway, you should have warranty on it, so you could return it. Looks like the battery is bad.

koppie007 -

Hi. I recently bought a controller from a shop near my house. The screws, the stickers at the back and the quality is the same as the real one. And it doesnt have XF.LIN after 800mAh. But the thing is when its searching for the ps4, the color is turquoise. Is it a fake or a real?

John David - Reply

Also, it came with an instruction manual.

John David - Reply

Sir im waiting for ur response sir please respond

John David - Reply

SIr i have opened the controller and has the real sony battery inside

John David - Reply

Bro also when i opened it up the ribbon cable was on the right not on the left. But the micro usb is in gold as the real one

John David - Reply

When you opened it up and the battery is as the original and the USB/LED board looks like the original one (with text in gold instead of white), you’re good to go. Those are genuine parts.

koppie007 -

Sir also when i saw the gold text I couldn’t find jdm. Bcz it was a little short. Also

John David - Reply

Also sir the ribbon cable was on the right not on the left.

John David - Reply

Depends on the model! It could be that it’s connected at the other side. And otherwise you need to post pictures as I can determine if it’s real or not.

koppie007 -

So then give me your discord

John David - Reply

Before reading this post, the only thing I knew to look for in an authentic ps4 controller is the JDM number. After not finding one in my new controller and then finding this article to confirm my doubts, I realized just about everything inside this controller screams fake. Here's what I found (much of this is already stated above):

1. Externally the controller seemed completely legitimate, even down to the sticker (though it was not perfectly centered).

2. Pairing light is purplish white.

3. Screws are the same length as original but phillips head cutout was deeper.

4. Battery is 600 mAh and of a different matterial (covered in a soft plastic material compared to the original’s hard plastic). Probably the most damning evidence there is.

5. JDM number is nowhere to be found and is instead replaced be a “C 1949-”.

6. Finally, the disassembly was different than what I'm used to/what I could find online

Overall, I'm pretty bummed out but now I got pretty good evidence to go after this POS ebay vendor. Thanks man.

Jimmy James - Reply

Hi Jimmy! Glad that I could help :)!

There are a lot of different fakes at the market! Please look out for them. When you open up the controller, the battery tells most of the times the truth. Is it genuine or not? If you want to be 100% sure to get a real one, buy (new) from Gamestop, Target, best buy or Wallmart (just named some examples, there are more shops which sells genuine controllers). You can’t be 100% sure if you buy it at Ebay or Amazon (examples).

koppie007 -

The jdm055 model has the ribbon cable on the right

John David - Reply

Hi John,

Yes this is different for some models :).

koppie007 -

Hello. I bought the orange ps4 controller, CUH-ZCT2E, from a seller on mercari a few weeks ago. It appears to be legit. I have opened it up and verified that all parts are original Sony. My question is, could it be from a different region as it has “сделано в китае” above “Made in China” in English? I noticed in your photo of the fake one it also has Russian printing. The controller works mostly fine, however it feels slightly different than my other three, which do not have the Russian printing. What is your opinion on this and have you encountered controllers like this before? Thanks

Jason - Reply

Hi Jason,

If all the parts are legit, It’s most certainly a genuine controller! But yes, it’s possible that it’s imported from another country. Which is also possible (but not very likely) that the shell isn’t genuine but all the parts are, this also explains why it feels slightly diferent. All the controllers I had are printed in English. I think your good to go. Perhaps the shell was damaged so they transfered all the parts to another shell.

koppie007 -

Great guide. I recently bought one from eBay (highly rated seller) and it showed up in a legit Sony box and the outer shell was spot on. Had issues connecting and opened it up to find the cheap 600 mAh battery in your picture and a generic board without any JDM number. The only other sign was the sticker on back had a wrinkle in the middle of it as if it was applied by hand and had a serial that started with 2 letters when every other PS controller I have has a serial that starts with numbers. The cheap knock offs are getting more convincing.

Shawn M - Reply

Hi Shawn,

Thanks! Good to hear that I was able to help you :)!

Yeah, looks like it’s not genuine at all! Unfortunately it’s hard to see if it’s genuine (outer shell).. Glad that you found out that the one from the seller is not genuine.

koppie007 -

So question, if you do end up with a fake controller can you switch out the insides with official parts?

R Ramos - Reply

Hi Ramos,

Yes, you can swap the parts for original parts :)! But it will be difficult to find a genuine motherboard.. but if you got one, you could swap that one too. There are a lot of different controller types (JDM-001, JDM-030, JDM-040 and more) so be sure you got the correct parts for the model you need.

koppie007 -

Thank you so much brother your clarification really helped me. I really appreciate the real and fake difference, now i know that i have to buy an original controller rather waste my money on the fake one.

Qasim Amjad - Reply

Your welcome! Glad I could help :)!

koppie007 -

sir i just recently bought a ps4 controller and it seems to be real but that’s not the problem… the problem is that to joysticks are delayed and i tried stick drift methods but it didn’t work i plugged in my old one and it is like normal but the new one i got the joysticks don’t feel right. Any suggestions?

Joshua - Reply

Hi! Well to be honest, I think there is a issue with the analog sticks but this doesn’t mean they are fake, also the orginal ones are capable of failing… If you just recently bought it, I would return it and swap it for a new one.

koppie007 -

Ciao, ho acquistato il dualshock su amazon, la v2 (midnight blue) e sembrerebbe tutto apposto (non ho aperto il controller internamente) però la luce non è bianca come scritto sul tuo articolo ma tendente al turchese…quindi è un fake?

pino - Reply

Ciao! Recentemente ho trovato più controller con una luce turchese. Ho aperto questi controller e sembrano reali. Quindi, se tutto il resto è buono, il controller è reale. Dispiace per la confusione.

koppie007 -

Bonjour je voudrais savoir si vous avez déjà observé des fausses avec des differences au niveau des petits trous de sorti du son entre les deux joysticks ?

Et bonne année

ghostinlife3 - Reply

Salut! Non, je n'ai pas vérifié les trous. Mais ils pourraient ressembler aux contrôleurs d'origine (parfois non, parfois c'est le cas). Le moyen le plus simple est de vérifier la batterie. Bonne année :)

koppie007 -

What about the color of the inside analog?

TacticalShazli - Reply

Usually the original ones are “green” and the fake ones are “white”. But they do vary sometimes.

koppie007 -

OMG! I just ordered the replica of the Dualshock 4 because it is almost 3 times cheaper than the original, and I just realized that they gave me the original XD all the points agree.

Ronny - Reply

Nice!! Where did you bought the controller if I may ask :)?

koppie007 -

So mine is a gen3 v1 model 11 f1 with the serial number all numbers ,no letters as the serial number , am I good ?

victororta101 - Reply

Hi!

Sry for the late response. Yes, some serial numbers do have numbers only. To be sure, you could open it up and check the battery (if there is no warranty on it and bought as used as example).

koppie007 -

Hello, sorry I need help ..

I dropped the original remote into the water, just a few seconds and not completely submerged.

Now it only works connected to the charger cable, could it be repaired? and how? , Thank you

Valeria Ramos - Reply

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