Technology website The Verge recently went hands-on with Sony’s new “Pro” controller, the DualSense Edge. And although the website was pretty much impressed by the £210.00 controller, Sony did confirm to them that it will have a “moderately shorter” battery life.
Here’s the full statement Sony gave to The Verge:
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.
The news about the shorter battery life coupled with the hefty price tag has PlayStation fans saying nope to the DualSense Edge. In a Reddit discussion about the news, many fans are saying that they won’t be buying the DualSense Edge.
Check out some of the comments below:
So it seems that the short battery life and the price tag are putting quite a few people off splurging on the DualSense Edge. The controller does come with a 2.8-metre charging cable though which will essentially power the controller from the console USB port but most people will want to use it wirelessly.
You can also buy the DualSense charging station which can charge the controller when not in use.
Can buying the DualSense Edge be more economical in the long term?
Although the battery life may be shorter than the regular DualSense, one argument in favour of buying the DualSense Edge is that it may save you money in the long run. One feature of the DualSense Edge is that you can easily replace the thumbsticks and spare thumbsticks cost £20.00. So if you game a lot and your regular DualSense is wearing out and succumbing to stick drift with alarming regularity then it may be more economical to buy the DualSesne Edge, rather than buy numerous new DualSenses.
But this would probably only save you money if you were gaming more than twelve hours a day and wearing out your controllers more than wearing out your trainers by running 100 miles every day.
The DualSense I got with my launch PS5 only started getting stick drift very recently. So that’s two years. The average gamer might go through 3, or maybe 4 controllers during a console’s lifetime. So buying the DualSense Edge to try and save on new controllers probably won’t benefit the average gamer.
If you are interested in buying the DualSense Edge and you have £210 to spare then it launches on 26th January.