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Sony’s new $200 DualSense Edge controller has a smaller battery than the standard DualSense, a teardown video has suggested.
The premium controller, which features additional buttons and customisation options over its predecessor, was released on Thursday via Sony’s PlayStation Direct store.
Sony Interactive Entertainment had previously admitted that the pro controller would have a “moderately shorter” operating time compared to the Standard DualSense, which it said was because it had put “more features within the same form factor and ergonomic design” as the original pad.
“We wanted to strike a good balance between wireless operating time and delivering robust, high-performance features,” it said.
Now that DualSense Edge is in consumers’ hands, however, a teardown video by Australian electronics firm Budd’s Controllers has revealed that the premium controller actually has a smaller capacity battery than the original DualSense.
The DualSense Edge includes a 1050 mAh battery, compared to the original DualSense’s 1,560 mAh battery, which itself was an increase on the PS4 DualShock 4’s 1,000 mAh battery.
The mAh (milliampere-hour) of a battery indicates the energy charge that a battery will hold and how long a device will run before the battery needs recharging.
It’s worth noting that a smaller battery can be negated by less or more efficient power use, but as Sony noted in its own statement, the Edge includes many more features than the original controller.
It’s likely, as alluded to in Sony’s statement, that the platform holder opted for a physically smaller battery so that it could fit Edge’s new features, such as back buttons, adjustable triggers and replaceable analog sticks, within a similar form factor as the original.
In VGC’s DualSense Edge review published this week, we noted that battery life was the most disappointing aspect of the new controller.
DualSense Edge includes an extra long USB cable, along with a special locking device for keeping it inside the controller. Sony has previously noted that “this option preserves battery life.”