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The Dissapointing DualSense Edge Feature PlayStation Doesn't Tell You About

Last year, Sony revealed the DualSense Edge, a new PlayStation 5 controller with a few differences from the original DualSense controller. With customizable controls, controller profiles, more buttons, and a solution for controller drift, the DualSense Edge seemed like the perfect way to go. However, now that it's finally released and people have had a chance to get their hands on it, some have found a secret that Sony doesn't exactly advertise.

While critics felt like the DualSense Edge was worth $200 for hardcore gamers, many didn't consider the battery life up to par. And it seems like they were on to something – as discovered by Twitter user @buddscontroller, the battery size in the DualSense Edge is much smaller than the battery in the standard DualSense.

In fact, YouTube channel Spawn Wave explained that the DualSense Edge is about 30% weaker than the battery in the standard DualSense. Twitter users stepped in to fill the gaps, explaining that the DualSense Edge battery pulls 1050mAh power, and the standard DualSense has a 1560mAh power battery. While the physical size difference doesn't necessarily mean anything, the power difference has a huge impact. Considering the original DualSense controller was already being criticized for its short battery life, it's a wonder why Sony made the decision to use a smaller, less powerful battery.

Sony's reasoning

Some have tried to justify Sony's choice of a smaller battery in the DualSense Edge.  Spawn Wave tried to look at the layout to see if there was a physical size restraint due to the layout of the controller. From what the channel could gather, the additional back buttons do take up space around the battery and hamper its size.

Twitter user @RSolhas argued that the controller itself could be more efficient than the previous DualSense controller, so the battery would be more effective and last just as long, if not longer. However, according to information from a Sony spokesperson given to TechRadar Gaming, Sony confirmed that this isn't the case by saying the battery life would be shorter compared to the standard DualSense controller.

To help make up for the smaller battery, which was slashed because of Sony's wishes to keep the "same form factor and ergonomic design," it included a longer USB cable so people could play while wired in (via TechRadar Gaming).

While the battery life may be a big problem for those that enjoy wireless gameplay, the solution for controller drift may be worth wiring in every now and then.