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Rate the DualSense

5 Stars 19 47.50%
4 Stars 15 37.50%
3 Stars 5 12.50%
2 Stars 0 0%
1 Star 1 2.50%
0 Stars 0 0%

I don't know about other controllers, but mine makes strange noise when adaprive triggers change force and it's very distracting especially in Resident evil 7,2 and 3.

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It's my favorite controller yet, but there's still room for improvement. Adding some features from the Edge along with significantly improving the battery life are two obvious avenues. Changing the analog stick tech to eliminate the risk of drift would be another.


A big step forward from the Dualshock 4, very close to the Switch Pro's ergonomic, but battery life is a bit of a let down.

Adaptive triggers are the best thing on this

4/5. It would have been 5/5, if not for the battery. It empties a bit too fast for my liking, but I'm also giving it a run for it's money.

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I've only owned it a short time, so I can't speak to the longevity. Ask this question again in two years and I'll have more information with which to evaluate.

Based on my experience so far, I would say it is a very cool controller, but lacking in a couple of very important aspects. The most obvious is battery life and the lack of a replaceable battery. If you could swap batteries easily, the poor battery life wouldn't be such a big deal. But you cannot, so the bad battery life is a big deal. And the battery life really, really sucks.

The other big miss in my mind is the quality of the speaker. I think it's a really cool idea that helps with immersion into the games. But, it's simply doesn't output enough volume. It is probably fine if you're just playing through TV speakers. But, many of us are playing on home theater systems. The controller speaker is drowned out even when the AV system is at a moderate volume and the controller speaker is cranked to the max. Similarly, because it's such a small speaker, it can't really do anything except high frequencies. So, I'd like to see some improvement to the speaker whenever they refresh the controller design.  It's going to have to stay very small, so there's probably not much they can do to improve the mid-range response. But, they can definitely work on the volume. 

I think the adaptive triggers are great, as is the haptic feedback. The light is better than the dualshock 4, as it doesn't bother me much while playing. It is a little bit big and bulky, but I don't think there's anything they can do about that with all the features they've put in it.

Overall, I'll give it a 4 out of five. I'm tempted to say three out of five because of the garbage battery life and unreplaceable nature. But, as long as it keeps working well for a while, I think it's good enough to get a 4.

Also, I don't understand why they put another touchpad after there was almost no worthwhile utilization of it on the dual shock 4.  Get that thing out of there to reduce size and weight and bring the cost down, and put those resources into a better speaker and battery. 

Last edited by VAMatt - on 27 December 2022

4 star. I think it's Sony's best attempt at a controller but it's not quite in my top tier list.

It's probably the most comfortable PS controller to use overall, the haptics are incredible, the mic is a very nice addition, the spacing on the analogs is perfect, the analogs still feel fantastic to use like the DS4's analogs but don't have the crappy sticky rubber on them like many of the DS4's, the triggers are the best triggers Sony's ever designed, and none of the buttons stress my hands to use or press. Also the light bar is really toned back from the DS4 which is very nice, the controller uses USB type C instead of micro USB like DS4, and the USB C port sticks directly out instead of being aimed diagonally outwards but down like DS4.

With that said, the handles are less comfortable than the DS4's handles, the face buttons and d-pad are a step backwards from the DS4 as they're mushier and protrude less, while the triggers are best Sony has made they're not as good as the best Microsoft or Nintendo have made, the mic isn't the greatest, the speaker is cool to have but not great quality, and the battery life is only about 3 or 4 hours which is very limiting.

Again, it's a fantastic controller. Sony's best. But they do have room to improve and I do hope they keep they improve either in future iterations of the Dual Sense or for the PS6's controller.

Last edited by kdognumba1 - on 28 December 2022