PlayStation 5 Dualsense controller may have decent battery life

Sony's new PS5 DualSense controller features a beefy 1650mAh battery, which should give long-lasting battery life for gaming.

Published Wed, Aug 12 2020 1:34 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:42 AM CST

Good news: You shouldn't have to worry about charging the PS5's new DualSense controller as often as the DualShock 4. Sony's new PlayStation 5 DualSense controller will have a dramatically larger battery than the DualShock 4, hinting at boosted lifespan for play sessions.

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The PS5's DualSense controller will have an 1560mAh rechargable battery that could translate to extended battery life, new leaked tests have confirmed. This capacity is a 56% increase over the DualShock 4's current 1000mAh battery, and 20% larger than the Switch Pro controller. This is smaller than the average 2100 mAh capacity of a single rechargeable AA battery. So technically an Xbox One controller with two rechargable AA batteries is 4200mAh.

The DualSense is also complemented with USB-C for charging, which could include quick charge over USB 3.1.

  • Dualshock 4 - 1000mAh
  • Switch Pro Controller - 1300mAh
  • DualSense - 1560mAh

However, it's possible the new haptic feedback system could drain the battery quicker and make the capacity boost negligible over the current DualShock 4. The DualSense has tactile triggers and new adaptive feedback sensors that make for more nuanced and varied immersion. The triggers will vibrate in specific ways to mimic, say, the tensile strength of a bowstring pull or the rough feel of an off-road race.

Also don't forget about the lightbar. It's smaller this time, but it's still there and will still drain the battery.

The DualSense also features a built-in mic, which will drain power as well. So keep these things in mind.

DualSense PS5 controller features:

  • USB Type-C charging
  • Adaptive triggers with improve actuators/haptic feedback
  • Built-in Mic lets you chat without a headset
  • New Create button
  • Touchpad
  • Lightbars on the sides of the touchpad
  • Improved battery
  • Built-in speaker
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Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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