The primary hands-on with Sony’s high-end professional controller reveals many enhancements over the unique, however not by way of battery life.
They have to realise it’s not the case, however between the DualSense Edge controller, the PlayStation VR2, and rumours of the PS5 Pro, it seems like Sony thinks its fans are made of money.
Admittedly, the DualSense Edge is only intended for hardcore gamers, with a similar price point and purpose to the Xbox Elite controller, but the first hands-on with the controller has revealed it’s not better across the board.
Funnily enough, the lower battery life was not something Sony admitted to before but they’ve issued a statement confirming the fact: ‘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.’
‘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 problem is, the original DualSense has already been criticised for its short battery life, which isn’t officially stated but never seems to last longer than five or six hours.
The Verge was the first outlet to try out the new controller, but they had to do so at Sony’s headquarters and only got two hours with it, so they don’t know exactly how long it lasts either.
They do seem to have been generally impressed though, praising the new rear paddles, adjustable triggers, replaceable analogue stick tops, and programmable buttons.
Apart from battery life, their only concern was the controller’s vulnerability to joystick drift, which is common in all current controllers (although Nintendo traditionally has the most trouble with it, as a recent Which? report underlines).
The DualSense Edge does have the advantage that you can take apart the analogue sticks very easily, with replacements available separately for a relatively modest price… in comparison to the controller itself.
Although it’ll miss Christmas, the DualSense Edge controller will be out on 26th January in the UK for £209.99.
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