How to Disable a PSP Joystick

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • Windows-based computer

  • PSP USB connector cable

  • Memory card

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The PSP is a popular portable game console that uses physical buttons to control the games it plays. If the analog joystick gets stuck, it will constantly be forcing commands on the game and make using the PSP impossible. Disabling the joystick through a software patch until you can take it to a service center or repair it yourself is a temporary solution that will let you continue to use the PSP without having to open it up. This requires that the PSP has been modified so that its operating system can accept programs designed by users and developers not affiliated with Sony.

Put the memory card into the PSP's memory card slot. Attach one end of the PSP USB connector cable to the PSP and the other end to a USB port on the Windows-based computer.

Turn on the PSP. Go from the Home menu to the "Settings" menu. Select "USB mode" and press the "X" button to activate the mode.

Turn on the computer. Download the JoySens software to the desktop of the computer (see link in Resources). Unzip the JoySens file by double clicking on it.

Go to "Start," "MyComputer," "Devices" and double-click on the icon of the memory card of the PSP to open the window. Double-click to open the JoySens folder on the desktop. Drag the JoySens file into the open window of the PSP memory card to copy it to the memory card. Right-click on the icon of the memory card when the copy has been completed and select "Eject."

Disconnect the USB connector cable from the PSP and from the USB port of the computer. Go to the memory card menu on the PSP. Select the JoySens file and press the "X" button to load it.

Go to the "Settings" menu and select the "Joystick" option. Turn off the joystick by highlighting the "Sensitivity" setting and entering a zero for any numbers listed there. Return to the Home menu and use the PSP which now has a disabled joystick.


Replacing the joystick yourself will let you keep the modifications that you have made to the PSP.


A moded PSP voids the warranty and Sony or an authorized service center will not repair work it.