The battery life of the Dual Shock 4 isn't especially impressive, as many new PS4 owners will tell you.

Perhaps one of the reasons it isn't great is because of the controller's light bar, which may require unnecessary battery power. We say "unnecessary" because not all games make use of the light bar.

As such, many gamers have been wondering if Sony will release an update that will disable the bar for titles that don't need it. Unfortunately, that won't be happening; a fan asked Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida on Twitter if such an update was coming, to which Yoshida simply replied: "No." It's probably a good idea to invest in a charging station, or at the very least, have two controllers so one is always charging while the other is being used. I did that with my PS3 controllers; worked out fine.

Do you have a problem with the lifespan of the new Dual Shock 4?

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Norrin Radd
Norrin Radd
7 years ago

No problem here. I have two controllers and I have the PS4 set so they turn off after 10 minutes of non-use. I'm not having any issues. It's not that hard to plug one in to charge while playing with the other.

It's a great controller and a very nice upgrade/evolution from DS3. Definitely worth the minor inconveniences to me.

Highlightreel
Highlightreel
7 years ago

No issues yet here either. BUT…I'm not really using it as much as there is a lack of games to keep me playing non-stop. With cell phone battery life sucking so hard, I'm used to plugging stuff in all the time so I don't think it'll be that big of deal for me.

I think part of the issue is that the PS3's controller life was so good that we're used to that too.

Stay Classy PSX…

___________
___________
7 years ago

rather expensive problem to what should not be a problem in the first place though.
but hey, as the saying goes a fool and his money are easily parted.

Caanimal
Caanimal
7 years ago

Just get a standard USB 2.0/3.0 extension cable, they are dirt cheap and come in a variety of lengths, I spent like $10 for a 16 foot cord years ago…

ProfPlayStation
ProfPlayStation
7 years ago

Guess I better come up with a cover-up solution. If there's one thing that annoys me endlessly, it's unnecessary lights, and lights reflecting on the TV/bezel. My TV has one of those stupid illuminated logos in the middle of it, and covering that up with black was my first task when installing it. Guess this will be one of my first tasks with PS4, as well.

wiiplay
wiiplay
7 years ago

Yeah, as a guy with a slightly reflective television, trust me; the light bar is clear as day, especially during movies / nighttime gaming.

Honestly, I don't care about the battery life, as I have a very long wire capable of charging the controller while I play. So, no big deal for me there.
But it's the darn light itself. It literally reflects off of everything. The TV, the stand, the PS4 itself. (the shiny part)

Sony really needs to allow us to disable this useless feature. Heck, just let us disable it in games and apps that don't utilize it, like Assassin's Creed IV, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, and even Netflix.
Seriously, I don't want to turn on Netflix on my PS4 at night, as the reflections are so obvious, it becomes an actual distraction.

Oh, and for the games that do utilize it? I own Killzone: Shadow Fall, and played hours in the campaign (which is more than most people) and guess what? The light is barely noticeable. You literally never notice the colour change, as most people aren't looking down at the controller for a damn light indicator.
In fact, if not for Google telling me that this specific game featured light bar indicators for your health, I would never have known that the light did anything at all.
Plus, the light is tilted downwards ever so slightly, so in natural play, the light is practically invisible to you. However, it still reflects off of everything in your room, and then some.

Sony really, really, REALLY needs to fix this. While I don't see how a light could cause rapid battery drainage, as the light seems to be a low-cost low-consumption LED, I really just want for Sony to let us disable the light for games / apps that do not use or require it. It's ruining my overall entertainment experience, and that's never a good thing.

Also, my other main gripe with the PS4? That damn PS4 Camera! Seriously, why can't you disable the microphone on that thing? I mean, really?


Last edited by wiiplay on 1/17/2014 8:40:41 PM

frostface
frostface
7 years ago

No problems here. I've two controllers and I've a very long micro USB cable (the same one most phones use ), so I can either switch out between the two controllers or just plug in the cable and keep on gaming.

tes37
tes37
7 years ago

I was a little disappointed with the change in the controller from mini to micro usb. Instead of buying an extended charging cable this time, I bought an extended usb cable that I can use on anything.

Akuma_
Akuma_
7 years ago

You can't expect them to stick to a dead format. Ever since Micro USB was adopted, every device uses it. It saves space, and space saved means cheaper and more efficient to manufacture.

richfiles
richfiles
7 years ago

@Akuma07

Mini USB is far superior to that crap micro USB in one thing…

DURABILITY!!!

I am tired of flimsy micro USB devices having their ports break from the tiniest drops, or even from just normal wear and tear. EVERYONE I know has had at least one device that fails to charge or connect at some point in time. I honestly am going to look on Digi-Key to see if there is a Mini USB socket that has the same solder footprint as the Micro USB socket, and the SECOND I get my first intermittent charging… I'm gonna solder me in a REAL USB socket! a Mini USB socket!

It's like the industry decided to save 1 or 2 mm, just to incorporate some PLANNED PRODUCT OBSOLESCENCE! i'm so glad i'm a technician, and can fix these things… Think about how much reusable electronics are WASTED every year because they chose a flimsy plug!

Caanimal
Caanimal
7 years ago

Just buy a standard USB 2.0/3.0 cable, I bought one several years ago and just carried it over from my PS3 days to now w/ my PS4.

tes37
tes37
7 years ago

I have two controllers, so battery life isn't really an issue for me.

I managed to tear the rubber coating on one of my controllers' left analog stick and I don't have any idea how I caused it to happen. I'm pretty sure it was due to my negligence though.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

I only have 1 and shouldn't have to buy another to be comfortable, I DO have a problem with the short life. Might get that third party battery. I recently bought a double-thick battery for my phone that came with a special backing, I love it to death. Days of power.

There should be a way to turn off the lightbar because it's a pointless addition but I suspect the touchpad and other motors take up most of the juice.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
7 years ago

Buy a second controller.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

No.

Tim Speed24
Tim Speed24
7 years ago

Do it.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

No.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
7 years ago

Join the dark side.

Banky A
Banky A
7 years ago

DO IT DO IT DO IT DO IT

Banky A
Banky A
7 years ago

That was in the school kids peer pressure crowd voice

daus26
daus26
7 years ago

I don't really worry about battery power. I just hope it's not overly bright when playing in the dark.

Ignitus
Ignitus
7 years ago

When compared to the 360 controller, the DS3 had a terrible baterry life but I could live with it.

But with the DS4 I do have a problema, It's constantly asking for a recharge to the point it is annoying. And the "solution" of buying two controllers for every player it is ridiculous. I love its ergonomics though.

Speaking of updates, I hope in the next update they include the missing multimedia features (CD, mp3, DLNA)that are restraining the ps4 from being the one full entertainment box it can be.


Last edited by Ignitus on 1/16/2014 3:49:43 PM

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
7 years ago

The dualshock 3 has amazing battery life.

Ignitus
Ignitus
7 years ago

Killa, compared to the DS4, the DS3 has amazing baterry life. Compared to the 360 controller, not so much.

Akuma_
Akuma_
7 years ago

Define 'constantly'.

The battery lasts 6-8 hours on a full charge. The term constantly would mean that it is at low battery quite often, so either you aren't charging it fully, or you are playing 6-8 hours worth of gaming every day, and if you are doing that then I suggest you find something productive to do with your life.

Caanimal
Caanimal
7 years ago

I would suggest getting a standard USB 2.0/3.0 extension cable, they are pretty cheap and easy to find, that is unless you HAVE to have the cordless feature…

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
7 years ago

I have two controllers as well. It gets annoying if you play coop. Like Knack. I had to stop a few times to charge the dualshock 4.

slugga_status
slugga_status
7 years ago

I have two controllers as well..glad i do, one always is charging

Danny007
Danny007
7 years ago

At least we can charge while the system is off now…

Simcoe
Simcoe
7 years ago

Bingo!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

Even if it's off off? I don't do that standby stuff, don't trust it.

Simcoe
Simcoe
7 years ago

"don't trust it"??!

Akuma_
Akuma_
7 years ago

I was disappointed to find out this isn't true.

Standby isn't the same as being 'off'. Standby is a power saving mode, which still keeps part of the system active, honestly, I would rather save the electricity and turn it off completely.

Standby mode offers no benefit worth the risk.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
7 years ago

Wait what's the risk of it being in standby? It's standby, essentially sleeping.

Corvo
Corvo
7 years ago

2 controllers, no problems.

Brighat
Brighat
7 years ago

I'll probably buy a second controller eventually but for now I just keep it charged when I'm not playing an actual game. Hey, at least we don't have to pay for batteries.

Lone Wanderer
Lone Wanderer
7 years ago

I think most of you are missing the point. You shouldn't have to have 2 controllers to compensate for the lack of battery life.Their 60$ each.You dont get 2 cell phones do you? Just another way of milking another 60$ out of us.

Maccelerate
Maccelerate
7 years ago

Completely agree. Even if the system came with two controllers, that's a poor excuse. What if the PS4 had an overheating problem that shut it down and Sony said, "Just buy two so you can keep gaming when it's too hot?" You'd be livid.

I've only held a couple of Xbox controllers, and each one had a *huge* battery box and felt like it weighed as much as two DS3s. Also, anything with an alkaline vs. a rechargeable is going to last longer.

Lone Wanderer
Lone Wanderer
7 years ago

Also the battery life on the DS4 is SIGNIFICANTLY shorter than the DS3. I can use my DS3 for three 4-7 hr a day game sessions before it gives me "the battery is low notification." Where as with the DS4 its one, I repeat one 6hr game session.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

That's probably the high end, feels like it's dead in 3 or 4 hours.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
7 years ago

The high end is actually 12.5 hours play time roughly. The DS4 can last up to 24 hours without using it but being left on.

shaydey77
shaydey77
7 years ago

Battery life in the new controllers is crap pure and simple.

Definitely should be options to select what features you want to use. Like the light doesnt add anything to the gameplay as far as I can see.


Last edited by shaydey77 on 1/16/2014 5:53:59 PM

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
7 years ago

The DS4 has a great battery that runs a ton of stuff. Runs like 6 led's, the rumble pack, buttons, and the touch screen. Of those the rumble pack and touch screen will draw more power. Regardless of that, the DS4 is capable of lasting 9 hours of play time from fully charged. If you're having problems with it lasting that long it's probably not fully charged, and if 9 hours isn't enough, well that's another issue. I have been playing about 2 hours a night recently and here's the great thing, the PS4 will charge the DS4 in standby, so battery life shouldn't EVER be an issue.

Simcoe
Simcoe
7 years ago

I have never found that I ran out of battery life on the DS4 while playing a single straight session. The fact that it can charge while in standby is HUGE! With my PS3 I did/do have two DS3 controllers so I'd always have a charged backup one in case the battery did run low. I don't need a second DS4 (got one though…perhaps I'll sell it). I can even charge my DS3 on the PS4, so now I really only need one DS3!

richfiles
richfiles
7 years ago

Not sure where you heard a touch pad would use a lot of power??? Touch pads are capacitive, and there is not very much power running through such a device. The vibration motors will be the largest draw of current, followed by the LEDs and the RF device to communicate with the PS4. Nearly all other devices will likely draw very minimal amounts of current.

You may be mistaken in believing the touch pad draws a lot of power due to the fact that touch SCREENS (which you called it, erroneously) do draw a lot of power, but its the screen, and not the touch that draws that power. The LED backlight draws the most power, and a touch PAD has no backlight.

Hope that clears that minor error up for you!

firesoul453
firesoul453
7 years ago

I haven't had a problem with battery life, but when I do I have a 15ft cable to keep it alive.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
7 years ago

"Got 99 problems but a" DS4' battery life ain't one!

Akuma_
Akuma_
7 years ago

I couldn't believe peoples reactions to this news. I mean really? Are gamers that petty now days? "Oh we can't turn off that blue light, waaaaa" Sorry guys, but I want the Sony dev team to work on REAL issues and REAL upgrades, not pointless shit just because you are over-sensitive about lights.

That dude in the comments above was complaining because he hates unnecessary lights, that's fair enough, but at the end of the day, it is a personal preference thing, and I don't want them to waste time on issues just because people are picky.

Maybe in a few years when they have added a tonne of cool stuff to the console and ironed out all the bugs, then add stupid minuscule features.

I game about 2-3 meters away from my TV, I have never had a problem with reflection, and I don't have a problem with the LED lighting up a dark room, honestly it adds nice ambiance. Might be great in horror titles.


Last edited by Akuma_ on 1/16/2014 11:52:45 PM

ProfPlayStation
ProfPlayStation
7 years ago

You nailed it: It's a highly divisive personal preference. Which is why it should have a setting in the Preferences menu.

You think it adds ambiance, the rest of us hate it. There is a really simple fix: You add a bit that is flipped from 1 to 0. We have a Notifications setting for the same reason. A lot of people don't like being constantly bothered with who is going on and offline. If you don't define something which effects every day, normal use as a "real" issue, then what is a "real" issue? Glossier menus on the PS Store??

It is the small things which make a huge impact. I quit Netflix over their update that cuts away from shows/movies when the credits start. That's not an issue for a lot of people, but it's a HUGE issue to me. Netflix's response (in so many words): "Tough luck, sucker. Deal with it." Though to be more precise, they actually did tell me, "A lot of other people appreciate this feature!" Well, good for other people. Give me a damn checkbox to disable this new feature that I never asked for!


Last edited by ProfPlayStation on 1/17/2014 11:56:52 AM

___________
___________
7 years ago

sigh.
really cant understand their obsession with this, i mean allot of games dont even use it!
and those that do, ooooooo wow a light goes from green to red when im almost dead thats totally worth having to charge my controller FOUR times as often!
NOT!

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