- A leaker claims the PS5â€™s DualSense controller will have a larger 1,560mAh battery.
- Thatâ€™s 56% larger than the battery for the DualShock 4.
- Whether or not this translates to longer battery life isnâ€™t clear.
Much has already been said about the PlayStation 5â€™s signature DualSense controller, but thereâ€™s been a lingering question: can it improve on the mediocre battery of the PS4â€™s DualShock 4? It might, according to a new leak.
Twitter user Galaxy666 claims (via MSPowerUser) to have obtained hands-on time with the DualSense that revealed a 1,560mAh battery capacity. If accurate, thatâ€™s a welcome 56% improvement over the 1,000mAh pack found in the DualShock 4. Sony had hinted at a larger battery, but hadnâ€™t been specific about it.
â€” Galaxy666 (@Galaxyrain666) August 12, 2020
Itâ€™s not certain this will translate to more hours of gameplay, however. The DualSense will also include considerably more sophisticated haptic feedback (including adaptive triggers) and a built-in microphone on top of existing features like motion sensing and a speaker.Â If those additions draw more power, battery life might take a hit.
If this does improve battery life, though, it could address a weak point in the PlayStation lineup. The Xbox Oneâ€™s gamepad is known for its robust battery life, and this could make the DualSense more competitive with the Xbox Series Xâ€™s upgraded controller.
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If nothing else, the DualSense might feel better to use. The same tipster also said the PS5 controllerâ€™s buttons are â€œmore pleasant to pressâ€� than on the PS4. This isnâ€™t as thorough a test as Geoff Keighleyâ€™s hands-on, but it suggests you might not have to worry that Sony has soured the experience by ditching the familiar DualShock design.
Youâ€™ll have to get used to the design regardless of your tastes. Sony previously stressed that PS4 controllers wonâ€™t work with PS5-oriented games due to the new features. Youâ€™ll only get to use DualShock controllers with legacy games.