With the release of the PS4 firmware update 1.7 the possibility of dimming the light of the DualShock 4 gave many the hope to increase the battery life of their controller. Turns out it does increase it, but the benefit isn't really enormous.
Dim only adds 81 minutes of battery life? Then what is using up all the power in the controller? My DS3 lasts for a week or 2 without needing a charge. I have to charge my DS4 every day or 2. I'm hoping Sony eventually releases a DS4 with better battery life because this just doesn't make sense.
"what is using up all the power in the controller?" Working. Not sure how your DS3 lasts a week or two. It surely never lasted even close to that for me.
My DS3 lasts easily 2 weeks when I was still using my PS3. I still use it occasionally for TLOU or GTA5 & cant remember the last time it was charged though
Yea there's no way DS3 lasts that long with consistent play. Keep in mind PorkChop these guys kept it on the entire time and got 11 to 12.5 hours. DS3 in the same situation would probably last 15 to 20. What's more interesting to me is how they even got that with DS4, cuz I swear mine only lasts a good 5 hours straight on full brightness. Interesting.
Wait, so the controller now has 81 minutes longer battery life on dim than the way it was before the update ? Holy smokes that's Great. I thought it would be like 5 minutes tops, since they said it won't affect it much, but an hour and 20 minutes is pretty good.
Yoshida said the light doesn't affect battery performance. Guess he was lying. Smh.
If its not the light, clearly the touchpad is the battery draining culprit.
Bear in mind they aren't playing games while testing, so the controller isn't vibrating, transmitting audio to and from the controller, etc.. that all uses up power.
I dimmed mine, and didn't like the low led level initially. I do like the option and changed it to the lowest possible brightness and now it growing on me. I usually get about 6-7 hours playing multiplayer with power saving of 10 minutes when I walk off. I am sure Sony will update the controllers battery over revision time, but I think the DS4 is one of the best natural fitting controllers I have ever used.
2 weeks??? Sorry man, but I call bs on that.
While the DS3 doesn't last a week or two, I have a four or five year old DS3 that still lasts about double the life of my six month old DS4.
A day or 2 tops for me the DS3 did
They will release a better version of DS4. The 1st DS3 drained fast but later ones are improved.
I hope they do release DS4 with better battery life soon, 'cos I'm gonna go buy me another DS4, but I'd rather wait until new one's are out :) edit @ziggurcat Maybe Shu meant the light dimming would not be a significant enough power saving to the DS4 for Sony to go into PR mode about it ;/
Buy a 2nd controller and problem solved. Or nyko has a battery pak in a few weeks.
Is your response to a lot of things that are a hassle "buy a second one"?
Can I have some money from you?
@Russell no it's not. Seeing as people will need a 2nd controller by the end of the Ps4s life cycle I'm giving them a list of options they can do. Shu already said the light bar wouldnt help the battery life a lot. So seeing as they can do much more to improve the battery your left with the options above.
@knifefight. Buy a 15ft cable if money bothers you that much. you can get one for under $5.
@Harkins1721 You are like the dream customer for any retailer.
@andibandit. Shu already said the light bar would do NOTHING to the battery. I fail to see how a $5 cord will kill you if you plan to play over 7 hours in one day. If you want to be a little fancier than get a second controller. That way 1 is charging while you use the other. You people need to stop crying over stupid things. The touchpad apparently uses the most battery life. The DS4 lasts longer than a Vita/3DS. So you can either spend $5, $20 or $60 for a longer Ps4 experience.
"My DS3 lasts for a week or 2 without needing a charge." wow dude you have some kind of special DS3
Not really. It's just the DS3 that came with my PS3 Slim.
Depends on how often you play, I get around 2-3 days on a charge with the PS4 controllers where as the PS3 controllers could last up to 2 weeks.
i have an original ps3, with the same controller, i still get 2+ weeks out of it as well.
The rumble motors will use the most power in a controller. I don't see the problem in pluging the usb cable in after about 4.5 hours to top up the battery. It really is no big deal but I would still like the light to be dimmer or the option to turn it off as it still reflects on my tv screen a little.
I heard it was the touchpad, and if true, Sony should let us turn it off for games that don't need it and devs should let us reassign touchpad uses to buttons, then we can turn it off.
Everyday or two is an issue??? I have yet to run out of a charge while gaming. I just place it on the charging stations game for a few hours rinse and repeat. You guys need to get up and stretch your legs once in a while geeeeesh!!!
It has nothing to do with being lazy. Battery technology has progressed significantly since the release of the DS3, and larger battery capacities have become MUCH cheaper. I just think it's unacceptable for a brand new next gen controller to have at most 1/5th the battery life of its predecessor. The controller is great, and it's not too much of an issue for me to plug it in at night. It just shouldn't be necessary.
Rumble, touch-pad, motion sensors. Those are the real battery drainers. Particularly the last two. And then there's the fact that the DS4 has, for some lord-knows-why stupid reason, a smaller battery capacity than the DS3!
at the end of the day, I will take those extra 81 minutes. I didn't have them before the update.
i play on my ps3 a hour a day (most of the time) and controller has lasted over a week the battery in the DS3 controller is beast. DS4 controller battery is so whack.
anyone that thought it was going to help a ton is kidding themselves...LED's by design dont use much power...the problem is simply the battery is too small lol
I used to charge my Xbox 360 controller once every 1.5-2 weeks, that thing would last forever. I don't think they put powerful enough batteries in any brand controllers to be honest.
Sony i guess I have not choose but to say they were lying but it's rare to see Sony lying just saying !
... except shu said that the light has zero effect on the battery life... so i think this is just people thinking that their battery life is longer when it's actually exactly the same.
It's physically impossible for the light to have zero impact on the battery. The light is not powered by magic... It's powered by the battery. Diming the light reduces the amount of battery power it will drain. It was never a question whether or not it would help battery life, it was a question of how much it would help.
LED lights use a incredibly small amount of power. That's why they said it wont make much of a difference if any at all....
@dontbhatin not much of a difference =/= zero effect. Just like mhunterjr said, the light simply can't have 'no effect' on the battery, since it is powered by the battery. And still, if it's true, 1.33 hours of extra battery life is pretty sweet, considering how much the light is actually dimmed.
@ alpha You aren't telling me anything I already know... I was just making a statement. Not trying to have an argument. Not trying to justify anything they said. I was just stating what they said... No need to beat a dead horse.
Ah ok, I wasn't aware of that, so I apologize.
@mhunterjr "It's physically impossible for the light to have zero impact on the battery." this is N4G!
Fix the issue with wireless headset and router wifi signal interference !!! Thats a BIG problem :( you will lost connection to online gaming :( :(
The signal interference is probably your setup. Never happens to me. Id recommend making your ps4 wired if that is possible in any way for you.
I have the official ps3 wirelless headset ! My friends have the same problem and he got same headset as me,but not same router!!
That's really odd it doesn't seem to happen to me and i have the sony headset too.
Yeah, that's either your setup or you need a replacement.
The battery life is extended by 81 minutes if I dim it? Wait! ...I'll be right back :)
I wonder how much it'll be if we could actually turn it off. Dim is about half as strong as default, and it adds 81 minutes of power, so is it possible that having it off will be 162 minutes? That's almost 3 hours of battery time, though I doubt it works this way.
This had my curiosity, so I'm glad someone did the "legwork" for me. Much obliged. Eighty-one minutes is great! I'm glad they got this update out to us sooner, rather than later.
Yeah, I'd like to be able to dim it when using with the PS Vita TV, seen as there's zero reason for it in that scenario.
I get 8 hrs from ds4 and have timed a full charge to be just over 1 hr, dont see what all the fuss is about tbh. I enjoy a quick break after 8 hrs lol, seriously I finish work at 5 in the evening so there is more than enough battery for my gaming needs and at weekends I do something called getting out the house and socialising plus fit gaming in.
Yeah but batteries dont exactly get better over time. Take my phone for instance, in the beginning it would last 4 days....now i have to charge it everyday.
I never play long enough to drain the whole DS4 battery. This is one of those 1st world problems, isn't it? Oh woe me, can't wait for my batteries to charge after 6 hours of game play.
Guess some gamers dont know that you can charge and play at the same time?
These tests are with a ds4 turned on and sitting idle,the charge on my controller lasts between 4-5 hours while playing,dimming the light doesn't make much of a difference,the reason a ds3 charge lasts twice as long as a ds4 is because of the battery,not because it doesn't have a light or touchpad but because it has a more powerful battery,if you want your controllers carge to last longer swap the batteries,it isn't that hard.
"the reason a ds3 charge lasts twice as long as a ds4 is because of the battery" incorrect the stock battery in the ds3 or at least the ones in mines are all 570mAh compared to 1000mAh in the DS4 they do make higher than 1000mAh for DS3 but those are sold separately they do not come installed in the DS3
I noticed that the blue pads had larger batteries
I would get a refund on that controller cause like I said I get 8 hrs out of mine and that's playing acbf for a full 8 hrs
Buy the charge cradle. I have emptied one of pads once, since owning it.
I'm still waiting for Sony to release the Red and blue DS4's in the US. I don't understand what's taking them so long. They love to leave the US out on special stuff.
LOL if you say so in South Africa when dont even have a 1/10th of the apps you guys have. BUT "They love to leave the US out on special stuff"... whatever makes you sleep at night...
Dim the light + turn off rumble = better battery performance.
I wonder if the streaming audio disables when no headset is present. Could that use a lot of juice?
Does not matter to me because i sit 5 feet away from my SONY console and TV, so i just use the usb wire plug for my controller all the time !
Sony should of stole the battery from the Wii U Pro Controller that thing last 80 hours, plus the ps4 came out a year after the Wii U it the battery in the Wii U pro should of got cheap enough that sony could of add it
the Wii U Pro Controller only has a 1300 mAh battery..the DS4 uses a 1000mAh battery...the increase in battery life would be a little less than a 3rd in theory... the battery in the DS4 is just too small
If you read the article you'd know that they wasn't actually using the controller during the test, it was just sitting idle. In the real world that will only be about a 20 minute gain while gaming. Honestly people its just led lighting which uses very little power. If you don't believe me then go to radio shack and buy an led bulb and a watch battery and tape the wires on each side of the battery. Guarantee it burns way longer then you'll have the patience to remember it, years even depending on the bulb quality. The DS4 is still an awesome controller that you still don't have to buy batteries for. One of mine is almost always at full charge, not to mention since I sit only 3 feet from the screen using the charge cable isn't a big issue. Also it will charge while in standby. If you guys are really that concerned you can always buy a longer usb cable or simply plug your phone charger in next to where you sit and use it.
This update was bullshit. Dvr didnt record another one of my battlefield clips and recorded the whole menu and me starting the game and 1 minute of gameplay.FUCKING BROKE ! Share factory is a joke. Cant even skip through the game to select a specific clip. You have to sit there and watch the whooolee game. No direct youtube upload integration? Super dissapointed in this overhyped " huge update " . My ui also still lags when i run some apps and move around the dashboard. ESPECIALLY when running deadnation.
people don't research. It's a known fact the DS3 controller had a lager milliamp battery inside than the DS4. The DS3 battery is 1800mA (milliamps) and the DS4 battery is only 1000mA. That's almost a 50% decrease. That's why the battery life is shorter... not the LED light.