I’m sharing pictures, because this seems fairly incredible to me:

Me holding my xbox controller, with the left joystick completely free

Close-up and slightly different angle

This controller fell maybe 3 feet onto a hardwood floor, and I was amazed to discover that the joystick — which doesn’t appear to physically fit through the, uh, joystick hole! — had completely detached. It definitely does not want to "pop back in" and I am a little nervous of the prospect of disassembling and re-assembling this $50 controller in order to get the joystick back in, but is that what I should do?

(Has this happened to anyone else?)

To clarify (to best comply with Stack Exchange rules): The main question here is: What is my best option for repairing this joystick-lite xbox controller?

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    Just pull it apart and put it back together with the joystick, there are many tutorials online about how to do it without breaking your controller, which is very hard stuff up, you'll be fine
    – Baibro
    Commented Mar 14, 2016 at 20:31
  • Buy a torx screwdriver for like £1 on ebay and watch a tutorial on youtube. It is incredibly difficult to break the controller from taking it apart.
    – 123
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 11:30
  • Would you mind confirming that no part of the joystick itself is broken?
    – Eric
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 13:42
  • Confirmed - nothing seems broken. The joystick is actually usable (touching the metal directly) and the plastic appears unbroken.
    – Alan H.
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 17:24

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I ended up following a YouTube controller disassembly/repair video.

Note that you only have to get to the step where you remove the front plate. I needed a T8 Security Torx screwdriver bit. (Note a regular Torx head won't work, because Microsoft hates us. Also, some tutorials will say you need a T6 Security Torx bit, but that is only required for further disassembly which is not necessary here.)


Stick reattached, faceplate off Same faceplate off Back together

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