The premium DualSense Edge controller for PlayStation 5, announced at Gamescom 2022, has finally gone on sale, and while new owners like its ergonomics and functionality, concerns about battery life have proven to be well-founded.
At one point, even Sony itself warned that DualSense Edge would not last as long as regular DualSense – you know, with the advanced functionality and all. According to official information, the battery life of DualSense Edge should be between 5 and 10 hours, while Sony claims 12-15 hours for regular DualSense (and from my own experience, these figures look clearly overstated).
And now, thanks to the Twitter account of the Australian store Budd’s Controllers, which decided to disassemble the DualSense Edge, we can see with our own eyes why it has a shorter battery life. It turns out that the new controller uses a much smaller battery – only 1050 mAh, while the regular DualSense has 1560 mAh.
Check out the battery size difference/ pic.twitter.com/oAOS7yWbiM
— Budd's Controllers (@buddscontroller) January 26, 2023
Of course, the lower battery capacity can theoretically be compensated for by more efficient energy use, but this does not seem to be the case. Most likely, Sony had to take such a not-so-pleasant step to fit the additional functionality of DualSense Edge into a relatively small package. For ordinary players, this means that the $200 controller will have to be charged much more often than the standard $70 model.