Sony has revealed more details of its new DualSense Edge wireless controller for the PlayStation 5, but one particular point stood out the most.
In a handy preview The edge noted that battery life was noticeably worse than the base DualSense controller, and this was later confirmed to the publication in a statement.
“The operating time of the DualSense Edge wireless controller is moderately shorter than that of the original DualSense wireless controller,” said a Sony spokesman. “We wanted to find a good balance between wireless uptime and delivering robust, high-performance features.”
This deficiency is noticeably absent in the official PlayStation blog post on the controller.
Most hilariously, Sony’s statement ended by reminding owners that if they want to avoid the wireless connection altogether, they can get a long braided USB cable:
“In addition, the longer braided USB cable is also great for competitive gamers who prefer to play with a wired connection to avoid radio interference – this option conserves battery life.”
I can’t find any official figures on the average battery life of the DualSense controller or this new DualSense Edge model anywhere, but in my experience I can’t get past five hours at most without charging.
Your experience will depend on how much the games you’re playing make use of the controller’s capabilities and whether you have a headset plugged in, but anything short of the original DualSense’s already short battery life feels like a compromise, to which I’m not ready to do.
The DualSense Edge wireless controller for PlayStation 5 will be released in the UK on January 26 for £210.
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