PS5 Controller DualSense Uses USB-C And A Rechargeable Battery

This differs from the Xbox Series X controller, which still uses AA batteries for some reason.

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Sony has revealed its next-gen controller, the DualSense. While the name and design is a bit of a departure from previous years, one thing remains the same between the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 and the PlayStation 5's DualSense: rechargeable batteries.

The company confirmed on the PlayStation Blog that the PS5's DualSense will, in fact, use rechargeable batteries just as prior DualShock controllers did. Sony said that it "took thoughtful consideration into ways to maintain a strong battery life for DualSense’s rechargeable battery." It's difficult to tell in the gallery below, but it also looks like the new controller may charge via USB-C and might not feature an audio jack as it includes a built-in mic. [Update: A PlayStation employee confirmed that the DualSense controller will have an audio jack in addition to the built-in microphone.]

This is a stark difference from Microsoft's next-gen console, the Xbox Series X. While the console features a bunch of new tech and the controller has been slightly redesigned, the company is still putting AA batteries inside of its newer controllers. Xbox partner director Jason Ronald said this decision was because "there is a strong camp that really want AAs" and the team wanted to give players the option.

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Sony recently revealed some detailed tech specs for the PS5, which is expected to arrive this holiday season. The company said that despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the launch of the next-generation system should not be affected.

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I have two Dualshock 4 controllers so if one dies out then the other one is good to go. I always keep mine charged with the USB cable since it last about 8 hours give or take when it's not charged. I hardly play my PS4 just for about 2 hours at the most but if I was playing like for more than 8 hours and had only one controller then it would be a problem for me. I always liked the Xbox One controller since it uses a batter pack which can last a long time before needing to be charged. I just hope the PS5 controllers have a longer battery life though I am hoping Sony comes out with a Version 2 with improved battery life if the batter life for Dual Sense controller is like the Dualshock 4 controller.

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Never had any issues with any of my ps4 controllers. The batteries last at least 8 hours or more. If you're playing for all that time then you need a break anyway. Doesn't take long to charge back to full anyway. Also, people have at least 2 controllers. Just charge one for 30 minutes while you switch over. It's not a hard concept. Imagine still using AA batteries in 2020 LOL.

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Hopefully they last longer than the PS4 controllers. Horrible battery life.

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The title made it sound like they were actually adopting thos shitty batteries that MS is still using for their controllers. Thank god that's not the case.

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the two best battery packs belong to the Xbox one and the Nintendo switch hands down, They last for forever when charged to 100% unlike the ps4 controller where you get just a few hours.

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@notafan: You haven't used a modern PS4 controller then. Mine lasts all day, and I'm using it on PC. I would've turned the light bar strength down from 100%, but never needed to.

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@notafan: You're either making stuff up or haven't touched any of the revised versions of the PS4 controller. My current one lasts literally all day long. I'm talking at least 10, 12, if not more hours of playtime before you even get the message that the battery is running low. But if you connect it to recharge when you go have a meal or do whatever else during the day for 20 or 30 minutes, then it will never run out.

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@Atzenkiller: I would disagree with this big time. Ive gone through plenty of their controllers and none seem to last longer than 6 hrs or so. I bought a PS Pro last Christmas and still has the same issue.

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@chubby170: Not sure what to tell you. What I've said is based on personal experience. I did play for way more than 6 hours at times and usually would only get to see the notification that the battery is low at the very end of the day. And usually if I saw it I could just ignore it since it would still last at least another hour or two. But if you ever connect the controller during the day to recharge, even for 20 mins or so, then the battery should never run out. It actually recharges very quickly. If yours runs out much faster than that then maybe you should contact Sony for a replacement. But this has been my experience with multiple controllers now, at least since they've released the latest revised version, together with the Pro if I remember correctly. The ones before that might have had a lower battery life but still nowhere near what I've heard about the first batch.

Also have you dimmed the blue light on the controller? Maybe that's what's making the difference for you. I always set it to the lowest setting, since you can't disable it fully, whenever I set up a new console. Should be an obvious thing to do if you want to preserve the battery.

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@Atzenkiller: Yes ,of course it is on the lowest setting.

Its known that they have a poor battery life. It is reported all over the internet.

The PlayStation 4 is a brilliant system with an absolutely killer lineup of exclusive games. That means we’ve spent plenty of time with its wireless controller, the DualShock 4. Though we appreciate its large face buttons, terrific direction pad, and responsive, snappy triggers, the DualShock does not have fantastic battery life. Typically, the DualShock 4 lasts for 4 to 8 hours of play per charge, far less than the Xbox One controller or the Nintendo Switch Pro controller.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/playstation-4-controller-battery-saving-tips/

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@chubby170: Did you copy what you said from that side? As I'm sure I've already mentioned, the newer versions of the PS4 controller last literally all day long. They do not have the same battery built in that the original version had. Maybe go google for that if you haven't heard of this fact yet, instead of digging up old articles about the original version that was released with the first batch of PS4s.

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@Atzenkiller: Yea thats not true at all. I bought a PS Pro a year ago, same issue.

And I have not seen one article saying what you are saying.

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@chubby170: take care of your stuff better then. I still have original ps4 controllers plus the controller that came with the pro. Never had any battery issues.

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@onehitta323: Also, Digital Trends says:

https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/playstation-4-controller-battery-saving-tips/

4 to 8 hours

Though we appreciate its large face buttons, terrific direction pad, and responsive, snappy triggers, the DualShock does not have fantastic battery life. Typically, the DualShock 4 lasts for 4 to 8 hours of play per charge, far less than the Xbox One controller or the Nintendo Switch Pro controller.

There are a lot of articles saying the same thing with poor battery life.

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@onehitta323: Nice assumption but you are wrong. I have mine on charging docks at all times when not being used.

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@chubby170: Not an assumption. Obviously if you're having problems with your ps4 controller then you need to take better care of it if you're going through so many. You have your controllers charging at all times? LOL. That's funny. News flash. It only takes about 30 minutes to an hour to charge it. Probably around an hour if it's fully drained. Never had it run out on me so it's not an issue. You can keep trying to post whatever you like but you're not gonna make me change my mind about my experience with the ps4 controller LOL.

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@onehitta323: No, its an assumption and again, you are wrong.

Again, all my controllers are on chargers when not being used. News Flash, electronics are healthier when constantly in a charging state. Surprised you didnt know that... And yes, they are called charging docks.

Would you like me to send you more articles proving my point of poor battery life? Perhaps you dont have anything to compare them to. Ever owned a PS3, Switch or Xbox?

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@chubby170: wrong again. Sorry but it seems like you have some sort of agenda here. News flash. It isn't working. You can post as many articles as you want. Still doesn't change the fact that my ps4 controllers last at least 8 hours. You can find articles about people complaining about any products. Doesn't matter to me. You have people here saying that the battery is fine and then others saying that it's bad. I have all 3 of those consoles you mentioned. Shall we go the whole way back to Atari 2600? Have that as well. So once again, if you're going through all these ps4 controllers then take better care of them. Works fine for me :)

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@onehitta323: Ignorance is bliss...

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No one can think of ONE reason why AA batteries might be a good idea?

Because a DS4 rechargeable battery never went bad. Right?

They make rechargeable AA batteries, believe it or not. There is also a play and charge kit. Either way, there is no built in battery to fail. Yes, please.

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@thecurmudgeoner: AA batteries are always lower quality than a proper battery built into a device. If your issue was with the battery's life after many years of use, then you should have asked Sony to allow you to replace it easily. Which is what MS could have done easily as well instead of making you use normal batteries.

But from my experience controllers never do too well after many years of use, so the battery is usually the least of your problems. The analog sticks are usually the biggest issue as the rubber just dissolves with time or becomes very sticky. Long before the battery can die.

So if your controller is that old then I don't see why you would want to only replace the battery instead of the whole thing, and maybe even get a revised version with less issues that way. Electronics just aren't made to last forever nowadays. Neither will any AA batteries.

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@thecurmudgeoner: That’s a terrible argument, you could say that about any component in a electronic.

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@philip6k: He's picked a side, now he has to say whatever that side demands of him. The main thing I care about is how awful AAs are for the environment.

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Well at least we know for a fact it will charge a lot faster with USB C. It lasting days on end like the switch Pro controller would be the dream scenario.

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@gamingdevil800: USB-C is just a shape. All console controllers thus far won't accept more than about 1A. So USB-C isn't a magic pill.

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Just hope the battery is better and the new sensors, small lighbar and touchpad dont drain it for the ps5. But I feel it will. Including a mic as long as we can turn it off we should save battery then

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@Archangel2222: Try one of the PS4 controllers currently available. The battery lasts forever, though I always turn the stupid light at the front of it off whenever I get a new console. That's pretty much the most useless "feature" ever, together with the share button.

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@Atzenkiller: Lasts forever? 8 hrs is not forever. Also, to my knowledge, there isnt a way to turn the light off. If so, please let me know how?

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@chubby170: You can dim it and the lowest setting should have barely any effect on battery life. It's just some crappy LED anyway. Those are supposed to be very efficient. I would prefer if you could turn it off completely as well but it is how it is.

From my experience the battery can last for at least 10 or 12 hours. So even if you spend all day long playing you might only get a noticifation that the battery is low at the very end of the day. And if you actually take a break to eat something for 20 mins or so and connect the controller to recharge, then it definitely will never run out. Same thing for anyone who actually doesn't put in such long hours. I know the original versions of the PS4 controller had plenty of issues but the revised ones seem to have completely fixed those.

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Best news I’ve heard all day.

Having the ability to just plug my controller into my console is in my mind a big deal; especially when you consider the inconvenience and frustration sometimes associated with AA batteries.

Speaking of batteries is it just me (-It’s you, Ninja.-) but did the PS4 dual shock controller seem like it had less of a battery life than its PS3 counterpart?

I seem to recall not having to charge the later for what felt like days at some points. I get through a good 4 hour gaming session on the Dual shock 4 and it’s begging to be charged.

Does that seem right?

-DUAL SHOCKED NO MORE NINJA APPROVED-

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@videogameninja: Not just you bud. PS3 controller lasted absolutely hours longer, probably thanks to having no pointless blue light to distract you.

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@videogameninja:

Damn right, I’ve a launch one that lasts about an hour now.

Still, better than the 80’s approach of AA’s though. I still can’t believe anyone wants that.

Game of xxx, no sorry I’ve run out of AA’s , WTF!

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@barcaazul: An hour?!

That's ridiculous. That controller would pretty much function as a last ditch if your main one suddenly needed a recharge. Either that or just for a quick session.

That is almost a reminder to not get a new system at launch either.

-VIDEOGAME DRAINED NINJA APPROVED-

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@videogameninja: Definitely not just you. The Dualshock 4 battery life is pretty bad, and I'm willing to bet the mostly unnecessary light bar is partially to blame.

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@jesterofbass: It was actually the touchpad that caused most of the battery drain from what I've heard. The light bar uses LED's which are typically low energy drain devices. Either way both functions of the controller were wholly unnecessary to me.

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