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DualSense Edge Controller Has a Smaller Battery Than Original DualSense

DualSense Edge Controller Has a Smaller Battery Than Original DualSense - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 26 January 2023 / 2,823 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment has officially released the PlayStation 5 DualSense Edge wireless controller today and a teardown of the controller has shown it has a smaller internal battery than the original PS5 DualSense controller.

PlayStation had previously stated the DualSense Edge controller has a "moderately shorter" battery life than the original DualSense controller due to having "more features within the same form factor and ergonomic design."

Australian's Budd's Controllers in a teardown video has revealed the DualSense Edge controller has a smaller battery. The DualSense Edge has a 1050 mAh (milliampere-hour) battery, while the original DualSense has a 1,560 mAh battery. The PS4 DualShock 4 controller had a 1,000 mAh battery.

The PlayStation 5 DualSense Edge wireless controller is priced at $199.99 / £209.99 / €239.99 / 29,980 yen, while the replaceable stick modules will also be available on the same day for $19.99 / €24.99 / £19.99 / 2,680 yen.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Leynos (on 26 January 2023)

$200 with shit battery life and no hall effect. What a joke.

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KLAMarine Leynos (on 26 January 2023)

Hall effect?

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Leynos KLAMarine (on 26 January 2023)

Analog sticks that use magnets instead of moving parts. Never have stick drift. Why SEGA Saturn & Dreamcast controllers never had drift. 8bitdo Ultimate Controller for Switch uses them as well. More and more controllers are. They don't really wear out.

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VAMatt (on 26 January 2023)

I find it strange that Sony decided to make a premium controller that sells at a very high price point while actually taking a step backwards in one of the very few areas that people have found fault with their controller.

Battery life and overall size are the only complaints I hear of with the Dualsense. So, they made a new controller that is the same size and has worse battery life. Makes perfect sense!

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Kyuu VAMatt (on 26 January 2023)

I didn't hear complaints about the controller's size, but reducing the battery life is downright baffling.

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VAMatt Kyuu (on 27 January 2023)

"Bulky form factor" is probably the way I've heard it phrased the most.

I just now held mine up next to my Xbox Series controller. The Dual Sense is much wider (close to an inch, or about 2 cm) and a hair taller (maybe 1/8 inch, 3-4mm). It also seems to be slightly heavier, but I can't be sure about that from just holding it in my hand.

The size doesn't bother me. But, I've definitely heard it mentioned a good number of times when people are trying to find things to hold against the controller. Definitely battery life has been the primary complaint though. It is really the only concern I have with the controller. Otherwise, I think it is great.

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DonFerrari (on 27 January 2023)

That is crazy decision from Sony. Should have been a much better battery, no need to cut cost on a premium product.

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S.Peelman (on 26 January 2023)

Waiwaiwaiwaiwaiwait… This is a controller, that costs €239? Is it made from gold?

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pikashoe (on 26 January 2023)

Why are sony always so stingy with battery life. They're controllers might as well be wired because I never bother unplugging them.

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Libara (on 26 January 2023)

Nice way to shaft your consumers.

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Darwinianevolution (on 26 January 2023)

€239.99 for a controller??? Can't I just buy a PS4 for that price, controller included?

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The Fury (on 26 January 2023)

I find this kinda thing weird as I don't know what is up with most people's controllers but my PS5 controller lasts so long, more than most my PS4 ones ever did and they weren't bad. I can start playing in the morning on a Saturday and not need to charge it all day. Maybe I'm lucky.

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gtotheunit91 The Fury (on 26 January 2023)

Compared to Xbox's and Nintendo's, the regular DualSense controller is awful on battery life lol. The other 2 controllers, I don't have to worry about for weeks.

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DonFerrari gtotheunit91 (on 27 January 2023)

If you don't play with them the battery won't drain as fast /sarcasm =p

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chakkra DonFerrari (on 30 January 2023)

I wonder what exclusive are you playing today.. Forspoken? or are you replaying God of War on a loop?

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DonFerrari chakkra (on 31 January 2023)

This week I'm more on a reading phase, but the game I was playing before was Phoenix Wright and now it is One Piece Oddissey will be the next one, why?

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ConservagameR (on 28 January 2023)

I actually swapped out my stock DS4 controller 1000mah battery after Christmas.
I received a third party 2200mah battery that lasts about 18 hours. It was slightly shorter in length and width vs the stock battery, but same thickness. Gives me 3X as much gaming before recharge vs the stock battery new.
Looked it up and costs $30. I'd have to assume Sony could get a way better deal than that purchased in bulk. For how expensive the DSE is, Sony is really cheaping out here on the battery.
At least the DS5 is a reasonable price with a reasonably sized battery at 1560mah.

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siebensus4 (on 27 January 2023)

So after playing 2 hours of Gran Turismo the battery needs to be recharged :D

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Hiku (on 30 January 2023)

That's actually crazy. The major common complaint about the PS5 controller is the battery life. And they reduce the battery potency in an expensive premium controller.

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Azzanation (on 27 January 2023)

Guess they better keep it wired in

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Kakadu18 (on 26 January 2023)

Oh Jesus Christ that price is insane! I just now googled the dualsense battery life and found out that it's only five to eight hours. That's a joke. Are they using the cheapest batteries they could find?

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Pinkie_pie Kakadu18 (on 26 January 2023)

It's not 5 hours. I'd say it's somewhere between 8-12 hours but definitely not 5 hours even if you have speaker on and playing non stop

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Kakadu18 Pinkie_pie (on 27 January 2023)

Yeah, 5-8 was the first result that google threw at me. Other sites say 12-15 hours which is longer than the dualshock 4 but still not very long. But the dualsense edge apparently only lasts 5-10 hours, which is pretty bad.

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gtotheunit91 (on 26 January 2023)

I'll find the silver lining. Pretty much the only players that are going to be buying this controller are the multiplayer tryhards. And having a wired connection is always preferable in competitive play.

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xMetroid gtotheunit91 (on 26 January 2023)


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ConservagameR gtotheunit91 (on 28 January 2023)

That's a pretty good point. You kinda wonder why Sony didn't just make the DSE wired only and forget the battery completely.
I'd guess this gives it a wider appeal, so the potential for higher sales, while also allowing Sony to jack up the price even more.

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