The DualSense Edge will have a shorter battery life

Sony has confirmed that the company’s upcoming premium cross-platform gamepad will have an even shorter battery life than the DualSense PS5 controller.

A suite of new features and improvements over the standard DualSense is coming to the DualSense Edge, but battery life isn't one of them. Sony recently confirmed this in a hands-on session presenting the new Dual Sense Edge controller.

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Unboxing the new PS5 DualSense Edge controller

Admittedly, the DualSense Edge impressed audiences in its initial reveal. But, at a $200 price point, it's difficult to justify buying a marginally better controller with a "moderately worse" battery life. According to Sony, it had to make compromises to keep the ergonomic design, and, unfortunately, battery life was one of them.

Here’s Sony’s original statement on the topic:

The DualSense Edge wireless controller’s operating time is moderately shorter than the original DualSense wireless controller because we’ve included many more features within the same form factor and ergonomic design as the original DualSense controller. We wanted to strike a good balance between wireless operating time and delivering robust, high-performance features. Additionally, the longer USB braided cable is also great for competitive players who prefer playing with a wired connection to avoid wireless interference – this option preserves battery life.

Users are understandably upset. As great as the new features are, they shouldn't be paying $200 for a premium gamepad if the solution to the main issue is a 2.8-meter USB C cable. Sony already boasted a poor reputation when it came to the battery life of their controllers. Upon release, the original DualSense controller could muster up around 12 hours of battery life. But with continued use over the course of this year, reports claim that battery life has degraded to just 6 hours. Sony failed to specify the projected battery life for the DualSense Edge, but considering it will be worse than the original, it’s hardly good news. Despite the DualSense Edge being compatible with PC, it doesn’t justify the $200 price tag or make it an appealing alternative to the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, whose battery life fluctuates between 30 and 40 hours. That is a light-year difference unless you are willing to play wired and a huge letdown despite Sony’s poor track record with battery life on their previous controllers.

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If you want to enjoy the new features that the DualSense Edge controller will provide, you must be content with playing wired

DualSense Edge product manager, Tomomasa Mizuno, explained that Sony has spent over hundreds of research sessions with pro gamers since it began creating the DualSense Edge in 2018.

Although Sony hasn't fixed all the problems with the DualSense Edge, it is an improvement. Specifically, Sony found an alternative to the drift stick issue. Even if the DualSense Edge could still technically suffer from the same issue, it'll be easier for end users to replace their joysticks since they're completely modular and will be available for sale starting next year.

It'll be interesting to see how well the DualSense Edge will sell when it launches on January 26.

Alternatively, PC gamers who are interested to get the DualSense Edge can pick up an Xbox Elite Series 2 Core Controller or its more expensive but customizable variant, Xbox Elite Series 2.

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