Submitted by boyscout299 419d ago | opinion piece

Stop Whining About The DualShock 4 Battery

Every time the PS4‘s controller is mentioned on the internet, it seems to be followed by a wave of commenters talking about the things they dislike about the controller. Usually, the main gripe concerns the battery life, as the vocal commenters seem to think it doesn’t last long enough. However, their arguments are mostly invalid, and they tend to make no logical sense. If the 7 to 10 hour battery life is too short, then there's a serious issue here. (PS4, Sony)

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ats1992  +   419d ago
Why? Its a perfectly justifiable reason to have a complaint about the dualshock 4. It seems the person who wrote this article should quit worrying about other peoples opinions.
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boyscout299  +   419d ago
Did you even read the article? The point is that those who complain about the battery life usually have arguments that are entirely invalid. People are allowed to have opinions. It's just nice when those opinions are informed and actually make sense. :P
ats1992  +   419d ago
Yea agree people should be more informed before they complain i just think sony could have made it be able to have more battery life than that this is just my opinion.
dumahim  +   419d ago
Who is he, or anyone else to say people's opinions are invalid. He claims 7-10 hours of battery life? Most of the time, I can get 6. Lately though, it lasted longer, but it turns out my rumble had stopped working and came back with the last update. Now I'm back down to short battery life.

Besides, even if someone is to think 6 hours of play time is enough for one sitting, I don't want to have to keep charging the controller whenever I'm not playing.
crxss  +   419d ago
Everything can be improved.
Septic  +   419d ago
No it's not good enough. You may think your opinions are so much more informed than the rest of us that you command us to 'stop whining' about the battery life, but when our experiences suggest that it isnt good enough, who are you tell us otherwise?

The battery life is ridiculous. As much ad I love the controller, I spend the vast majority of my time tethered to the console. That sucks. The best alternative really is to buy two controllers (which I don't really need as there arent that many games that I can play locally that I like).

The DS4 is one of the best controllers made in a ĺong time but that battery life is rightfully criticised.
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BLuTheSecond  +   419d ago
So we should stop "whining" about the controller's only big flaw because you don't think its a big flaw?!

Edit: Septic hit the mark with his comment.
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monkey602  +   419d ago
The controller is amazing for everything but the battery life. My controller has been wired up for the last few days solid because of its awful battery time. You can't tell someone to stop whining and that they're ill informed when they are speaking from personal experience.
All too often my day has gone: work, come home and try to play a game of something but low and behold my other half has spent all day watching 90210 on Netflix now my controller is dying and I have to plug it in while I play, which for me means sitting on the damned floor because the short cable that came with it is the only one that bloody works and the 2 longer cables I bought won't. This never happened with the dual shock 3 because the battery was fantastic.
Like it or not the simple fact is the dual shock 4 battery is terrible
WickedLester  +   419d ago
It's not that complicated. The battery life on the PS4 is terrible and people are unhappy about it. What logical argument does anyone need to have beyond that?
nirwanda  +   419d ago
Battery life is fine its the rubber coming off the left analogue stick that bothers me.
Lord_Sloth  +   419d ago
I don't personally have an issue with the battery since I'm just gonna get another controller and rotate between them as I did on the PS3. My only complaint is with the analogue sticks. I much preferred the DS3 sticks. These feel....off...
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UltimateMaster  +   419d ago
As much as I love all the new technology.
It would be preferable to get more battery life.
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iamnsuperman  +   419d ago
I think it is justifiable. It just isn't long enough. I have two controllers and I often find myself charging them because the battery gets too low. It just not the same level the DS3 was. That had a good battery life. I think the criticism is valid in the light of that controller.
Gamer777  +   419d ago
I think, the problem with the dualshock 4s' battery life is due to the added features. The lightbar, speaker and touchpad are hard on battery life. Sony had to choose between maintaining this features and keeping the controller light in weight. If they added a larger battery that allowed for battery life comparable to the dual shocks 3s' 30hrs, we would have a heavier controller.
strickers  +   419d ago
If it is an issue buy the charge cradle. I keep hearing these people so upset about it and I keep giving the same advice.Official 2 pad mains charge cradle. Done.
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iamnsuperman  +   419d ago

That isn't a solution to a valid problem. That is like saying get an external battery back if the battery of your phone isn't that good. Sure that helps the situation but it doesn't fix the issue. I get round the battery issue on the DS4 by charging them while my PS4 is on standby. But it still doesn't dampen that criticism of the controller (its battery life isn't what it should be)
OpenGL  +   419d ago
I love the DS4 but the battery life is pretty bad especially compared to the amazing battery life the DS3 had. Granted, at ~6-8 hours I'm not having problems with it dying during gameplay as I don't usually play games for more than a few hours per sitting.

It is interesting though that the battery in the DS4 is more than 2x as large (800mAh vs 300mAh) as the one in the DS3. My guess is the new Bluetooth audio feature, speaker, lightbar, and touchpad are responsible for the additional battery drain.

I still hope Sony announces a new model soon with improved battery life though.
Zhipp  +   419d ago
Well, I think it depends on charge time as well. If it only takes about an hour to go from 10% to 100%, then I don't think it's that big a deal.

That said, as a user of the Wii U Pro controller, I can't tell you how awesome it is to have extra long battery life. I basically only charge the thing when I want to. I'll literally go weeks without plugging it in at all.
GamingSinceThe80s  +   419d ago
You should try the Wii U game pad that thing get's like 2 or 3 hours of play on a full charge and if you don't keep it on the charger 24/7 it dies in a day or 2 even when it's turned off it can't hold a charge.Where as the ds4 can hold a full charge for month's.
Zhipp  +   418d ago
At least with the Wii u gamepad you have the option to buy Nyko's extended battery pack. Does the DS4 have a replaceable battery?
SoulMikeY  +   419d ago
What's up with these sissies saying. "Who are you to blah blah?". I am a person who can tell ANYONE in the f***ing world whatever I want, that's who!

Now shut the f*** up.
Fgfttfgff  +   419d ago
All the people who bitch of the battery life get a morphie for 40$ plug it in to the morphie play wherever you want.
boyscout299  +   419d ago
But is it really such an inconvenience to charge them nightly? I mean, really...
MasterCornholio  +   419d ago
Take my case for example. Every time I'm done gaming I just plug it in. That way I never have issues with the battery life. If the controller lasted an hour or two it would be a problem but that isn't the case.
Highlife  +   419d ago
I have a 10 ft usb extender was a couple of bucks on Amazon. It's no big deal if I need to charge while I'm playing.
MasterCornholio  +   419d ago

I play with my PC monitor so the cable that came with the console is long enough for me.

Could the battery life be better? Sure it can but it isn't horrible at all.
Gamer777  +   419d ago
The more you have to recharge a battery, the faster it degrades and loses overall capacity.
RogueLeader1101  +   419d ago
This is true when talking about charging your device 1000 times and the more you have to charge it, the faster you will reach that number, but even at 1000 cycles the charge is typically holding anywhere from 50-80% of its rated capacity.

Keep in mind that with current Li-Ion batteries 1 cycle= 100% battery drain. If you run the battery down to 50%, charge it to 100%, run it down to 80%, charge it to 100%, then run it down to 70% and charge it back up to 100% that is 1 cycle.
eferreira  +   419d ago
that's but but it's not a huge issue with batteries today. My original launch ps3 controller still lasts a long time and my iphone 4 which I've had for a tad over 4 years now still holds a great charge.
Soldierone  +   419d ago
I charge it at night and have still had it die in mid gaming sessions on my days off....

With DS3 I could play all day and be perfectly fine.

I personally don't think it's standby mode lasts too long either (When Ps4 is in sleep, not completely off)
Fgfttfgff  +   419d ago
It's always in sleep..
Risky_24  +   419d ago

The Ps4 is not always in sleep. It can be put in sleep(quick resume) or regular standby(off).
hadouken007  +   419d ago
Most cell phone batteries dont last that long but they deal with it, cant please everyone I guess.
incendy35  +   419d ago
4 hour gaming marathon might be long for you, but for me that is nothing! Especially the first few weeks a game is out.

My biggest issue is that it always seems to die on me in the middle of a game. If it wasn't an issue, I wouldn't complain. But it is, so I do.
Shane Kim  +   419d ago
Well ofc it's going to die in the middle of a game. That's when you're using the controller!!
yezz  +   419d ago
Where do you get 4 hours? You must have a faulty one since I'm always getting something around 8-11 hours...
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KonsoruMasuta  +   419d ago
Red the article.

The 4 hour number comes from the article. The author claims that any gamer that games longer than 4 hours in one session has problems. He also advises those gamers to seek help.
nabeelfarooqui98  +   419d ago
Not what I was expecting
bleedsoe9mm  +   419d ago
i've had to stop a gaming sessions to recharge my controller , thats not a invalid ps4 flaw , thats a real gripe i have a right to complain about .
djplonker  +   419d ago
you can play and charge it at the same time if the cable isnt long enough a 3m one is like $1/£2...
bleedsoe9mm  +   419d ago
i just go play on something else , the length of play time seems to be somewhat better since sony put out the dimming option , now if the give the ability to turn the light off completely the battery life will be even better . i don't know where the guy got 7-10 hrs mine was 4--5hrs now with the dimming 5-6 hrs
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Sitdown  +   419d ago
Now doesn't that sort of defeat the purpose of it being wireless?
liquidhalos  +   418d ago
You could always plug your charger cable into your laptop and charge that way. Not ideal but its a quick fix.
system22  +   419d ago
This article is stupid. For as amazing as the ps4 is, it isn't perfect and if we dump hundred to thousands of dollars into it and it's ecosystem, I think it's completely valid to call attention to its shortcomings. I have to charge my ds4 battery on average twice a week. Compare that to the battery pack on the x1 which I charge maybe once a month. I'm not trying to turn this into a big what's better, but more so just using another controller for comparison. The ds4 is a great controller... Just has a frustratingly crappy battery (and big annoying light, even when dimmed).
Speak_da_Truth  +   419d ago
At least you didn't have to pay for the rechargeable battery that came with your Dualshock 4 $24 to be exact

@DJustinUNCHAIND i prefer rechargeable batteries instead of buying AA betteries
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DJustinUNCHAIND  +   419d ago
The Xbox One battery holds a charge for up to 12 hours.
marlinfan10  +   419d ago
id rather pay the 25$ and get 15-20 hrs of gaming vs using the free one that last 5 hrs.
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Clown_Syndr0me  +   419d ago
I don't moan as 90% of the time I plug it in.
I do however moan the lead supplied is TINY and useless if you want to sit more than a meter away.
People have every right to complain, the same way I have every right to moan that my Nokia Lumias battery is diabolical.
Stop writing whiny articles about people whining?
strickers  +   419d ago
Those extra pence to buy a long cable are a killer
Ares84HU  +   419d ago
How the hell is this gaming news??

Opinion pieces should not be allowed on N4G anymore.

To the author:

I'm a huge PS fan but I have to say that the battery life in the DS4 sucks. Also the analog sticks aren't that great either. My fingers keep slipping off of them. I did not have this issue with previous DS controllers.

So how about you stop defending Sony for a moment and acknowledge the problems with the DS4?
KonsoruMasuta  +   419d ago
Did he really just accuse anyone who plays longer than he does of having a problem?

What type of drivel is this?
monkey602  +   419d ago
The pretentious kind of drivel.
Seems those of us who might have more than one family member use a console or just ourselves use it for a number of hours at a time, aren't as important as the author. Or those of us who don't leave devices plugged in when they aren't in use. Maybe he is right though, perhaps we should focus our energy on something else. Like the writers poor use of the English language
liquidhalos  +   418d ago
I say ban the damn site, we need to stop pure drivel like this getting approved.
ocelot07  +   419d ago
No idea what is wrong with battery? I use my PS4 about 3 hours a day. Every 3rd day I need to recharge that seems reasonable in my view.
marlinfan10  +   419d ago
Your battery must be better than most of ours then cause mines dead after 5-6 hrs
ocelot07  +   419d ago
Can I ask when you got your controller? As here in the UK apparently Sony released updated controllers here very shortly after launch?

I got my PS4 launch day. I broke the audio port on my original controller that came with the console. Bought a new one around February. Apparently the new updated controllers had better rubber on the thumb sticks. Maybe they included better battery I don't know.

As after 5 months of constant use of my current controller the rubber on the thumb sticks are in pristine condition and the battery seems to hold a charge for around 9 hours.
marlinfan10  +   419d ago
I've only had the ps4 for about 3 months. the joysticks have been fine for me, the only complaint i have is the battery. i would love it if mine lasted 9 hrs lol i feel like after an hr or two of playing its already down to 2 bars. then it's dead a few hours later.
djplonker  +   419d ago


Battery/charging should not be an issue to anyone it's just people nit picking to find any flaw with a simple fix...
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Clown_Syndr0me  +   419d ago
A simple fix yes, but it costs extra money. If the controller is going to include a built in battery pack it should be better quality.
It doesn't bother me as I keep mine plugged in, but most people don't.
rainslacker  +   419d ago
The battery quality is not the issue. It's the same as the DS3's which were as solid as a rock for most people.

The size of the battery is the issue. There are several workarounds, and it can be argued Sony should have included a bigger battery from the get go. Realistically though, most people do not play more than 4 hours at a time.

I personally get between 5-7 hours between charges depending on the game. I brought a 2nd controller at launch because I like couch co-op, so my fix is just to switch between them. It's rare I go more than 3 hours without taking a break.

For those that seem most upset about it, the best workaround is just buying a bigger battery. They're cheap enough, and easy as pie to install. Complaining about it isn't going to change what is already there. A lot of people like to compare it to MS being so kind as allowing the use of replaceable batteries, but either way, those people are going to have to buy extra things to get the most time out of a charge.

I wouldn't be surprised if in the future Sony releases firmware updates which can turn off things in the controller when they aren't needed, thus extending battery life. The light, speaker, and touch-pad are always on now, but they aren't always required.
Speak_da_Truth  +   419d ago
Should the Ds4 have better battery life than the Ds3? absolutely! Now is the 7hrs of battery life an issue To Me? Nope! Cus like he said every time i finish gaming after putting my Ps4 in standby mode the next thing is i immediately plug the controller i was using. You see its very easy.
uth11  +   419d ago
The ds4 battery life isnt awful... but it could be better

I think the light bar dimming did help, thry dont seem as bad as they were
ElementX  +   419d ago
I have to recharge my PS4 controller after almost every session.

I actually prefer the Xbox controller battery set up. I bought Eneloop batteries and they last forever and are rechargeable. I can also use them in remotes and such around the house.
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strickers  +   419d ago

£26. Problems solved. Works for me. I'd be complaining if I didn't have this.
sungin  +   419d ago
console fanboy: don't share your opinions to the controller,damage control is fine
Goku781  +   419d ago
Switch controllers, or plug it up. It could be worse. Dont like it, buy an Xbox One where you have to buy batteries too.
vickers500  +   419d ago
Or you know, we could voice our opinions to Sony enough that they end up doing something about it, like releasing a controller with a better battery. I don't know why people keep telling others to shut up over legitimate complaints about a product. Companies aren't your friends, they aren't your family, they only give a crap about one thing: your money, so it's not disrespectful or petty or entitled to demand a company make/improve a better product that you're paying for.
mt  +   419d ago
in my perfect world, I want DualShock: infinite, which charge wirelessly so you don't have to worry to charge battery. consumers want the perfect product, this is a given.
marlinfan10  +   419d ago
No, consumers want a product thats battery life last equal to or longer than its previous model. A gaming controller with 5-6 hrs of battery life is crazy.
SilentNegotiator  +   419d ago
Stop whining about people with negative opinions of something. I swear, I see a new "stop whining about..." article every day.

Try a mature counterargument instead of taking everything that you disagree with and referring to it as "whining"
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lnfiniteLoop  +   419d ago
I just use a 3m USB to Dualshock4 cable... its plugged in all the time in fact... dont have to worry about charge levels... do the same with my PS3 pad too... just use the pads wireless features when I go round friends house... apart from that there plugged in...
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NexGen  +   419d ago
I use my cell phone charger....charges the controller the same way, and I don't have a cable extended across the room.
Rageanitus  +   419d ago
I have been a long time PS supporter and still am, but to see articles like this disgust me about the gaming community.

All I can say Is I bought my console at launch .... finished KZ/COD but waiting for my next game (most likely TLOU). All I can say is I am using this primarly as a Netflix player and I noticed that my controller dies to one bar in under a week.

I can't imagine how it will be when I start heavily gaming on this machine.

IMO those ppl who are whining about other ppl whining about the battery life they can shove it because the battery life does SUCK.
MultiConsoleGamer  +   419d ago

And anyone who says we shouldn't complain is a shill.
mikeysan88  +   419d ago
In my day controllers were wired....now STFU
palaeomerus  +   418d ago
We ain't in your day no more so you can STFU. Thanks! When your day comes back you can talk again.
threefootwang  +   418d ago
Those were the days! Back when you could start and play a console without having to "sign in." Woop Woop!
sizeofyou  +   419d ago
I don't want my dualshock to need charging, I want it to have more features and I want it to be a custom fit to my hands...
It's not bad, could be better but as with ANY design, there are compromises. I'm happy enough with it and charge on standby when not in use. I have run 6-8 hour sessions but kind of accept the battery warning as a reason to take a break!
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sic_chops  +   419d ago
Yes, the battery life is too short. I have to controllers, a charging cradle, and a cord long enough to reach the ps4 if needed so it's not a problem for me. Love the DS4.
vandal GAB  +   419d ago
Considering how long the Ds3 battery lasts the Ds4 is a step backwards, that's not to say it's not a better controller tho...
T2X  +   419d ago
My solution, have two controllers and while one is charging, the other is in use. Ergo, you'll not run out of charged controllers. The rest of the article is a bit of an arrogant rant about how people who game for 7 hours have something "wrong" with them.
impet25  +   419d ago
For anybody interested in doubling your DS4 battery life try this. http://www.amazon.com/Nyko-...
TheEternalGamer  +   419d ago
i agree. people really need to stop complaining about the PS4 Controller.
RiPPn  +   419d ago
Battery in the DS4 and the wifi in the PS4 are 2 hardware components Sony skimped on and I really hope they improve with hardware revisions.
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