PS5 DualSense controller battery capacity may last hours longer than PS4 controllers

New pictures and details shared about the PS5 DualSense controller show a highly increased battery capacity over PS4 that could extend battery life by quite a bit.

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Sony has been pretty proud about showing off the new controller for the PlayStation 5, arguably more than any other details revealed about the new console. The PS5 DualSense controller seems to have been improved in every facet over the PS4 DualShock’s design and capabilities, but new claims about the battery capacity of the controller suggest it could feature quite a bit more life than the current PS4 controllers - possibly several hours more.

Twitter user Galaxy666 shared some hands-on images of the PS5 DualSense controller recently, sharing interesting details about its capacity. According to Galaxy, the battery capacity on the PS5 controller is 1560 milliamps (mA). For comparison, though original PS4 controllers features batteries with up to 800mA, later controllers featured batteries with 1000mA. Regardless, that means the capacity of the PS5 DualSense has been improved by a factor of 1.5 to 2 times its predecessor. According to rumors reported by WCCFTech, this capacity could mean three to four extra hours battery life over the PS4 controller, which can typically run for about 4-8 hours depending on your settings and whether controller has the older 800mA or newer 1000mA battery.

Battery life is definitely one of the more notable concerns among players when it comes to controllers, especially given concerns about the fairly poor health of previous controllers. 3-4 hours arguably isn’t a massive boost, but it’s definitely a portion of the day longer than the PS4 controllers are capable of handling. Of course, this doesn’t take into account new bells and whistles on the PS5 DualSense that could also drain the alleged 1560mA quicker. Haptic feedback on the R2/L2 triggers has been a major feature pushed among nearly all mention of the controller, as well as a new microphone array for players without a headset option.

Battery is hardly the only thing wrong with PS4 controllers, and the PS5 DualSense doesn’t fix it’s predecessor’s most annoying design issue. That said, at the very least, it seems as though the battery will be something to worry about less on the PS5 this next generation, and it seems many us will have to deal with it, given that PS4 controllers also won't work on PS5 games.

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      August 12, 2020 7:18 AM

      I would fucking hope so

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      August 12, 2020 7:27 AM

      It can’t get much worse.

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      August 12, 2020 7:28 AM

      More battery capacity != more use time, the controller also has new things to consume that battery (haptics and the triggers thing). But it might last longer though.

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      August 12, 2020 9:00 AM

      do we know why the battery is so shitty on the ps4 controllers? that led couldn't have sucked up that much battery...

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        August 12, 2020 9:14 AM

        I read it's supposedly the big touch pad button, it's apparently polled like crazy even if you are not touching it.

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      August 12, 2020 9:08 AM

      "may last hours longer" which still won't be close to the Xbox controllers.

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      August 12, 2020 9:12 AM

      I never had many (if any) issues with the battery life. Guess I don't game like I used to.

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        August 12, 2020 9:14 AM

        I had an extra controller to switch to it when the other died, but it was when I played destiny a lot

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        August 12, 2020 9:16 AM

        yeah i'm in the same boat. i can recount on one hand the number of times i had the battery die while playing my PS4.

        but then again i can rarely play anything for more than an hour or two, and i keep my shit charged.

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        August 12, 2020 9:27 AM

        Same. I always used the dead battery as a gauge to take a break.

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      August 12, 2020 9:23 AM

      My DS4s last all day but the bigger problem is stick drift, at least for me

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      August 12, 2020 9:25 AM

      Hours longer than 4-5 hours!

      :(

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      August 12, 2020 9:26 AM

      I mean they could hardly be worse.

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      August 12, 2020 9:27 AM

      It would seem like Sony would be touting some usage numbers if things were going to be decent. It'll be better but probably not by much.

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      August 12, 2020 9:42 AM

      I never have had trouble with batteries not lasting long enough. But this is still good.

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      August 12, 2020 9:43 AM

      I don't get everyone saying the battery in the ds4 is bad. I bought one a year ago and it's easily lasted 15 hours or more before charging.

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        August 12, 2020 9:55 AM

        1 year. Wait till year 2 and then 3 and watch that life drop significantly. 15 hours is not really great anyway. Then use a Xbox controller and you can't even remember when you last changed the batteries.

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        August 12, 2020 9:55 AM

        Wii U Pro controller lasts something like 80. The DS4 isn't doing much to justify the hilariously low battery life.

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        August 12, 2020 10:08 AM

        The original controllers had about an 8 hour battery life at best. One of mine is around 4-5 hours now. I love it as a controller but the battery life is pretty indefensible.

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      August 12, 2020 10:11 AM

      May...

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      August 12, 2020 10:27 AM

      Hopefully the ps5 controllers will time out when not being used like xbox controllers do. This bothers me far more than the limited battery ever did.

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      August 12, 2020 10:40 AM

      may, not will? sounds legit

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      August 12, 2020 10:41 AM

      I hate the analog placement, but battery life is hands down my least fav thing about my PS4.

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      August 12, 2020 11:03 AM

      Also hopefully with it using usb-c they will support fast charging which would resolve most other issues unless you’re playing all day non-stop

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