With the DualSense Edge finally being revealed, we now know what the standard professional PS5 controller looks like.
The DualSense Edge was announced at Gamescom 2022’s Opening Night Live presentation. Sony debuted the controller in the showcase with a brief teaser showing the updated controller and its custom features that put it a few notches above the regular DualSense controller.
Sony is the last of the big three console manufacturers to offer a more advanced controller for its system. Microsoft led the pack with the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, and again with the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2. Then there’s the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, which is more standard but offers remarkable battery life over Joy controllers. -Standard con.
Now that Sony has thrown its hat into the ring with the DualSense Edge for PS5, what can we expect? Read on to learn everything we know so far about the DualSense Edge controller.
DualSense Edge: straight to the point
- What is it? Sony’s DualSense ‘Elite’ Controller
- When can I buy it? to be defined
- What can I play on? PS5
DualSense Edge: price and release date
At the moment, we don’t know how much Sony will charge for the DualSense Edge, although we can make some assumptions.
Microsoft’s Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 retails for $179.99 / £159.99 / AU$249.95. So we’d expect Sony’s take on a professional-standard controller to fall somewhere in that stage.
That said, with Sony recently upping the price of the PS5, we wouldn’t be surprised if its accessories follow suit. Still, we shouldn’t think the DualSense Edge will cost more than $199.99 / £179.99 / AU$299.95.
We can also get the DualSense Edge pricing by looking at the standard controllers on the market. The DualSense is priced at $69.99 / £59.99 / AU$109.95. While the Xbox Wireless Controller costs $59.99 / £54.99 / AU$74.99. If the Edge follows this trend, it could end up being a little more expensive than the Xbox Elite Series 2.
We also do not know when we will have the DualSense Edge in our homes. O ad post (opens in new tab) on the official PlayStation blog states that more information will be released “in the coming months”.
That could mean the DualSense Edge won’t be released until 2023, perhaps around the same time as the PSVR 2. And if these two big peripherals launch in the same window, there’s a possibility that Sony also has a PS5 Pro model ready to go in tandem. with your new VR pad and headset.
DualSense edge: design
The DualSense Edge’s silhouette is virtually identical to the standard controller. But that’s not bad at all. The DualSense is already a comfortable, well-designed pad that didn’t need much refinement in the first place.
Their aesthetic differences are more apparent. The central touchpad is a clean matte black, emblazoned with the PlayStation square, circle, cross and triangle iconography. The d-pad and face buttons were also changed to black, from the white of the original.
The bottom of the controller, which houses the microphone, PS button, and analog sticks, is now a brighter black. The sticks, triggers, and the back of the controller themselves also appear to have a more robust, textured grip.
DualSense Edge: battery life
By far the biggest drawback of the DualSense is the meager battery life. Often clocked at 4-10 hours on a single charge, it falls well short of pads on competing systems.
We still don’t have concrete information on the DualSense Edge’s battery life, but it’s something Sony should be interested in improving over the base block. Even if it’s just a marginal improvement of a few hours.
In comparison, Xbox’s Elite Series 2 has a respectable battery life of around 35-40 hours on a single charge. We don’t think the Edge will be able to meet that, considering all the features the Xbox keyboard lacks. But we’d like to see improved battery life of at least 15-20 hours.
DualSense Edge: Features
The DualSense Edge might look like the part, but its value as a professional standard pad will be judged by its features. And so far, it looks like Sony is pulling all the stops in that regard. For the most part, at least.
As you would expect, Edge will be highly modular. Sticks, stick caps and back paddles can be swapped and adjusted based on your personal preferences.
Control layout and sensitivity are also fully customizable. Players will not only be able to fully customize button layouts, but also adjust stick dead zones as well as trigger travel distance and sensitivity.
All this can be done, in real time, from the controller itself. A dedicated Fn (function) button will open a separate user interface that allows players to customize their controller settings at any time. Plus, you’ll also be able to save profiles for when you need them most. Switching from Demon’s Souls to Gran Turismo 7? Profile switching will ensure that your controller setup is good no matter what game you are playing.
Finally, you can expect all of the DualSense’s best features to return. Haptic feedback, adaptive triggers and motion controls are all present and accounted for when it comes to the Edge. However, we currently don’t know if these features will be improved in any way in the new controller.