Sony, Why Cannot I See My DualSense Controller Battery Proportion?


The April 2021 PS5 firmware replace is out now, and it’s most notable characteristic is permitting for the chilly storage of PS5 video games on an exterior USB drive. Positive, it’s not the SSD storage growth we’ve all been ready for, however it’s an interim answer that resolves the necessity to redownload video games, saving time and bandwidth. The replace got here with a variety of different understated options, nonetheless, together with show choices and Trophy enhancements. One small new characteristic particularly caught my eye. “Now you can see your wi-fi controller’s battery proportion within the management middle.” Besides that it doesn’t appear to work.

The place’s the PS5 DualSense Controller Battery Proportion?

Upon turning on my PS5 following the replace, updating the DualSense controller firmware, and checking the management middle, the battery indicator seems precisely the identical because it did earlier than (see the picture beneath from the unique PS5 UI reveal). It’s merely the comparatively ambiguous three bars usually telling you ways a lot cost you’ve received left. I did a full restart of my PS5 to see if which may resolve the difficulty and convey this tiny characteristic out of hiding, however alas, it seems the PS5 system software program replace patch notes for this replace might have scooped up a characteristic that didn’t truly make the reduce.

Understanding the exact proportion of cost remaining in my DualSense controller isn’t an enormous deal, however battery know-how in numerous gadgets has been extra exact than ambiguous bars for years now. Positive, actual battery life is tough to calculate exactly and might range relying on utilization (your controller will last more whereas watching motion pictures or enjoying video games that don’t make the most of the adaptive triggers or haptic suggestions as a lot, for instance), however it’s even more durable to gauge the place you’re at simply by taking a look at a battery icon that’s one-third full. Is that 35%? 15%? 10%? When does the “your controller battery is low” flashing icon warning truly kick in?

If I’m being trustworthy, even when I knew my actual DualSense controller battery percentages, I’m nonetheless in all probability going to finish up working my controller ragged and letting it die on the most inopportune instances in the midst of multiplayer video games, or throughout robust encounters in video games that for some cause don’t pause when the controller is disconnected. However I really feel like this could give gamers a greater understanding of how lengthy their controller cost can final at numerous percentages, and higher talk when it’s time to modify out for that totally charged alternative.

I’m unsure what occurred right here; if the bullet level within the patch notes was added erroneously or if the characteristic was pulled on the final minute, however it was a tiny little characteristic that I used to be stupidly excited to for and dissatisfied to see not truly added within the replace. Within the grand scheme of issues, there are quite a lot of greater, much more crucial options I hope make it into the following PS5 firmware replace, however there’s part of me that actually hopes this understated patch be aware finally makes the reduce too.

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