We’re only a few days away from the launch of the PlayStation 5, and details are trickling out about every aspect of the console prior to its release. In a recent PS5 FAQ, Sony clarifies that the new DualSense controller is expected to have a battery life that is comparable to that of the DualShock 4, with recharging taking approximately three hours.
This claim comes as several outlets that received a PS5 prior to release said that the DualSense controller lasts only two to four hours, particularly when playing Astro’s Playroom. Since Playroom is specifically designed to show off the DualSense’s new features, such as haptic feedback, this would appear to suggest that games that take full advantage of those features may drain the controller’s battery faster than other games. In the experience of several GameSpot staff members, the DualSense battery life hasn’t been noticeably poor.
The PS5 FAQ says that the DualSense will be available in other colors in the future, though not for a while. It also clarifies that third-party specialty controllers like fight sticks and steering wheels will work on the PS5 if the specific game supports it, but that standard third-party controllers like the SCUF Vantage will not work on the PS5. Sony also says that the DualSense works on PC Remote Play through a standard USB connection, though it’s not clear if that means that it works as a standard PC controller. If you’re looking for how we feel about the PS5 and its games, check out our reviews page for more.