DualSense Edge Battery
Image: Budd's Controllers

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.

So basically, what we've got here is an expensive controller that boasts a shorter battery life than its standard counterpart — and that's a kicker as far as marketing goes. The DualSense Edge is clearly aimed at enthusiasts — but it's this kind of surface-level disappointment that might put a lot of curious onlookers off the product.

What do you make of this? Is a shorter battery life a problem, or do you just play with your DualSense wired to your PS5 anyway? Don't run out of juice in the comments section below.

[source twitter.com, via News: Hardware Review: DualSense Edge - An Outstanding Upgrade for Enthusiasts]