Alright, it’s rant time.
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. I’m not saying their argument is invalid… alright, yes I am. I don’t understand the argument, and it really makes no sense. The DualShock 4’s battery life last between 7 and 10 hours, and for people to complain that it’s too short, we have a serious issue.
First off, people complain that the battery life is sucked by the light bar and that if we got rid of it, then it would save massive amounts of energy. Wrong. Think about it, controllers have had lights on them for years now. The Xbox 360 had a glowing green ring on the remote, the DualShock 1 and 2 had a red light for Analog options, and even the Wii has blue lights to show which player you were. So maybe the PS4’s LED is brighter, but you’re forgetting 2 main things. One, LED lights are efficient, which is why they’re used more often than non LED bulbs in items like these. Secondly, it’s one light. We have the option to greatly dim it, and studies have shown that it doesn’t even help enough to be noticeable. More or less, the point is that people who argue that the lightbar takes too much battery life are absolutely wrong. This is not a new concept, simply a new implementation, which doesn’t even eat enough battery to be worth getting rid of.
But the main gripe that a lot of people have would be that 7 to 10 hours is simply too short for the battery life. I’m incredibly confused. First of all, who plays 7 to 10 hours in one gigantic gaming marathon? Heck, after playing 4 hours of Watch_Dogs on a couple occasions this week, I was ready to be done. Playing double that is unfathomable. If you’re binge gaming for more hours than you sleep at night, then this is an issue that you need to address. You cannot blame the DualShock 4’s battery for not lasting as long as your absurdly long gaming sessions do.
Besides, if you play so many hours worth of video games in a day that you can run a DS4’s charge completely out and proceed to complain about it, then chances are you’re what you might call “a hardcore gamer.” My guess is that you probably spend more time and money on gaming because you value it more than other activities. Long story short, I’d be willing to be that you would have no problem sacrificing one new release to just shut up and by yourself a new controller to feed your out-of-control gaming addiction. Am I offending people here? I sure hope so, because if you’re gaming over 7 hours straight on a basis often enough to frequently run your controller dead and complain about it, you have an issue.
So, if you’re an “intense gamer” and you complain about your controller not lasting through your session, then I have no sympathy for your argument.
Others complain that they have to charge it after every couple of sessions or days… seriously? What are you, a spoiled brat? Entitled? Seriously, we live in a world where we can plug our controller into a wall outlet, into a computer, or into the system itself. Charging it isn’t a problem. If your controller lasts long enough to survive the day, then just charge it when you go to sleep; it’ll be ready when you wake up. If you find this an inconvenience, then again, I have absolutely no sympathy for you because you feel entitled to better when there’s not even an issue present.
Seriously, when you go to sleep, you can either put your PS4 into sleep mode and charge it there, pop it into a wall outlet with one a cell phone or similar charger (which can be bought on Amazon for a buck or two from cheap Chinese companies anyway), or even plug it into your computer if you’re the kind who leaves it on all night. Again, if charging it nightly (when you’re not even awake to use it) is too inconvenient, then I don’t have sympathy.
Finally, if you complain that the DualShock 4 runs out while you’re gaming, just by chance…then you’re still out of sympathy. Charging it nightly will fix your problem, and even if it does go out while you’re playing, chances are you can still charge it. After all, the cord that we get with the PS4 is ridiculously long; honestly, I’ve never used a longer USB cable. If that doesn’t stretch to your PS4, then chances are that you have a wall outlet close. If it’s too inconvenient to have a cord running along the ground in front of you so that you can charge while you play, then I have no sympathy for you. Wait until entirely wireless charging becomes a thing.
There is nearly no reason for you to complain that the DS4 battery is not sufficient to meet your needs. Either you’re too lazy to charge it nightly, or you simply have insane needs since you require a nuclear powered controller in order to outlast your day-long gaming sessions. Stop whining, get on with your life, and complain about something meaningful like Net Neutrality.
That Is All