How Long Do PS5 Controllers Last?


The PS5 is one of the most popular next-gen consoles to hit the market. If you’ve been lucky enough to snag or save up to buy one, you might be wondering how long PS5 controllers last. Knowing the amount of time you have to play on your PS5 Dual Sense controller while it is fully charged and throughout its lifespan can help you plan your gaming sessions accordingly.

The new PS5 Dual Sense controllers will last approximately 12 hours on one full charge. However, some avid gamers claim that over time, the battery life will drain at a much quicker rate. 

Let’s take a look at this in greater detail, as well as look at a few things you may not have known about the Dual Sense controller.

How Long Does the Full Battery Life Last for PS5 Dual Sense Controllers?

According to the consensus online, gamers claim that the 12-hour battery life for Dual Sense controllers will last around 6 months of regular playing. After 6 months of consistent play, the controllers tend to lose their ability to hold their charge for the full 12 hours.

How Long Do PS5 Controllers Last After 6 Months?

Once the PS5 Dual Sense controller is no longer able to hold and maintain a full charge for 12 hours, you may begin to notice that your control does not last as long. The amount of playing time per charge will vary based on how much you use your controller, how old it is, and how frequently you play.

However, it is estimated that within around 6 months of owning a Dual Sense PS5 controller, you will begin to notice that the controller is only capable of holding a charge for a maximum of 6 hours, rather than the standard 12.

Is There an Estimated Lifespan of a PS5 Controller?

While there is no straightforward expiration point of a video game controller, there are a few indicators that do demonstrate that the PS5 Dual Sense controller may not have a lifespan quite as long as its predecessors from the PS1, PS2, and so on. It is estimated that the PS5 Dual Sense controller will last approximately 400 playing hours in total. 

In addition to this estimation, the clicking of the joysticks on the controller will likely only last around 500,000 cycles. The sticks themselves can be used and moved, but may not work as well after approximately 2,000,000 cycles in total. 

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While this may seem like quite a lot of cycles and plenty of gaming hours, some gamers find themselves gaming for hours each day, which can quickly add up.

Can I Help Conserve Battery Life When Using My PS5 Controllers?

In some instances, powerful and robust games may cause the battery life in your PS5 controller to drain at a much quicker rate, although this is not very measurable in most cases, especially with next-gen consoles such as the PS5. If you want to conserve the battery life of your PS5 Dual Sense controller as much as possible, use the following tips:

  • Keep track of the amount of time you are playing using the same controller(s) to avoid wearing out the battery entirely.
  • Pay attention to any warnings or indicators that may require you to charge your controller.
  • Turn off your controller(s) whenever they are not in use.
  • Charge your controller(s) properly and for the appropriate amount of time to maximize its battery life.
  • Use the Power Saving setting on your console to help preserve the battery life of your PS5 Dual Sense controller.

How Do I Enable the Power-Saving Mode on My PS5?

Setting your PS5 console to power-saving mode is not just ideal for the console itself, but also for any Dual Sense PS5 controllers you are using with your system. To maximize the lifespan of your PS5 controller (Dual Sense), complete the following steps using your PS5 console:

  1. Access your console’s main Settings section from the main menu after booting up the console.
  2. From the Settings menu, click “System”, followed by “Power Saving” to view the current power-saving mode you have in place.
  3. Adjust control timers and manage your automatic controller settings from this menu. Set controller timers to turn off after 10, 30, or 60 minutes of not being in use. 

It is also advisable to manually turn off any PS5 controller whenever it is not in use to conserve its battery and lifespan. 

How Long Will it Take to Recharge My PS5 Dual Sense Controller?

One of the standout features of a PS5 Dual Sense controller is its ability to regain a charge rapidly. Even if you charge your Dual Sense controller starting at 0%, you can expect a full charge to 100% in just about 3 hours flat. 

Of course, the amount of time it takes for your PS5 Dual Sense controller to recharge will vary based on the age of your controller as well as other factors, such as its ability to still hold a full charge for 12 hours. 

What if My PS5 Controller Will Not Fully Charge?

If you have a PS5 Dual Sense controller that will not fully charge, this is likely due to a faulty controller itself. Your controller may be outdated and old (especially if you have had it for more than a year), or it may be damaged or waterlogged. 

Inspect any battery packs(s), cords, or attachments you also have with your controller to ensure it is not related to any of these components. 

In most cases, it is often best to invest in a new controller rather than attempt to repair it, as this can add up to costing much more than investing in a new unit.

Is it Possible to Charge a Dual Sense Controller Too Long?

No. It is not possible to overcharge your PS5 Dual Sense controllers. It is perfectly okay to leave your Dual Sense controllers in their charging dock as long as you would like. The PS5 Dual Sense controller includes a protection chip that is built-in to the controller itself. This protection chip prevents overcharging and/or damage to the controller’s charging ability once the controller has reached its full charge.

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