The DualSense Edge, Sony's official 'pro' controller for the PS5, hits store shelves today — and it's already being dragged online for its downscaled battery. As reported by Budd's Controllers on Twitter, the premium pad — which retails for $199.99 / £209.99 — actually has a smaller battery than the standard DualSense. Now, smaller batteries don't always mean a shorter battery life — it all depends on what kind of battery we're talking about and how it's utilised — but freshly published DualSense Edge reviews suggest that this controller doesn't last long when you're playing unplugged.
The standard DualSense has already faced a lot of criticism for its own relatively short battery life. On average, a full charge will result in around eight hours of use — but this total can decrease quite dramatically depending on how a game utilises the controller's features, such as haptic feedback.
The issue, then, is that the DualSense Edge is averaging roughly six hours of use right off the bat. This is what we found in our own DualSense Edge hardware review, and it matches up with what we're hearing from others.