Sony has finally revealed the cost of the DualSense Edge, and its hefty price tag is honestly a little shocking.
DualSense Edge wireless controller for PS5 will give you a good $199.99 / £209.99 (Australian price to be announced). For your money, you’re getting interchangeable modules like thumbstick covers and rear paddles, textured grips, a white-on-black aesthetic, and sundries including a carrying case and a lockable USB-C connector compartment.
That’s a little more than the cost of a standard DualSense controller, which is sold for $69.99 / £59.99 / AU$109.95. It’s also just beyond the stadium of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 $179.99 / £159.99 / AU$249.95. It also doesn’t cost a million miles from the cost of an Xbox Series S, which normally costs $299.99 / £249.99 / AU$499.
As Sony’s first foray into the ‘Pro’ controller market, the DualSense Edge will need to seriously impress at this hefty price point. But given everything we know so far, I’m not quite confident it’s up to the task.
More than a few DualCents
Yes, Pro or Premium controllers are often expensive. And in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, buyers are often left wondering if the expensive Pro controllers are worth it. When it comes to the Xbox Elite Series 2, or third-party pads like the Revolution X, I’d say it was personally worth my money.
But that won’t be reason enough for the average buyer. The Pro controllers are a luxury purchase, but even on that basis, I think the DualSense Edge is demonstrably not worth the higher price tag when the competition offers more for less.
At face value, the Edge seems to at least match the Elite Series 2 from a features point of view. Textured grips, changeable modules, trigger deadzone toggles and profile settings are all standard, present and accounted for.
However, the Edge only has two rear paddles, as opposed to the Elite Series 2’s four. Its new function buttons don’t appear to be remappable and sit just below the sticks, where they can be accidentally pressed quite easily. At least when it comes to clumsy people like me.
We also haven’t heard anything about improvements to the DualSense’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. That, and the lack of detail on battery life, is worrying considering it’s the only area where Sony’s excellent pad could use some serious improvement.
Now the DualSense Edge is likely to be similarly excellent to its standard counterpart. Professional features are always welcome, and the included USB-C connector box is a fantastic addition. But when you can buy a fully custom Xbox Design Lab Elite Series 2 for a comparable price (or cheaper in the UK), I think Sony may have overestimated how much PS5 owners are willing to spend on a Pro pad.