Sony unveiled a new Playstation DualSense Edge controller at Gamescom. Many details were released about the controller in an official Sny blog post. The Playstation DualSense Edge Controller doesn’t have a lot of competition going against it. The SCUF Reflex is the one it will be going up against.
The PlayStation DualSense Edge Controller price is $199/€239.99/£209.99/¥29,980 (including tax). Preorders are starting on October 25, 2022, with a release date of January 26, 2023. The replaceable stick modules will be available globally on January 26 for $19.99 USD/€24.99/£19.99/¥2,680 (including tax).
The new PS5 DualSense controller is still an exciting accessory, especially for those who want a competitive “edge” over their opponents. Here’s what we know about the Playstation DualSense Edge Controller.
PlayStation DualSense Edge Release Date
The controller is ready to be released globally on January 26, 2023. The preorders are going up on October 26, 2022. The replacement sticks will be available on January 26, 2023, at select retailers as well.
The PlayStation DualSense Edge will come with a USB braided cable, 2 standard caps, 2 high dome caps, 2 low dome caps, 2 half dome back buttons, 2 lever back buttons, connector housing, carrying case. The carrying case will bundle everything inside. You can even charge the controller while it’s in the case via a USB connection.
Playstation Dualsense Controller Edge Price
The DualSense Edge wireless controller is priced at $199.99USD/€239.99/£209.99/¥29,980 (including tax).
The replacement stick modules are priced at $19.99 USD/€24.99/£19.99/¥2,680 (including tax).
As we mentioned, the SCUF Reflex series of controllers are the main competitors of the PS5 DualSense Edge controller. Those retail around $250/£250, that’s the base price too. If you add customization, those can cost more. Sony’s controller doesn’t cost this much, we assume SCUF has to include any license or partnership fee they have to pay to Sony in the retail price. Sony, on the other hand, won’t need to include those fees.
Customization has its price but there is a hard limit to that price. Not a lot of people will be keen on getting a controller that is half the price of a digital PS5 itself. Or they might even consider an Xbox Series S as their secondary console by paying $100 more, completely removing the need for a Pro PS5 controller.
Razer has announced its own luxury PS5 controller called the Razer Wolverine V2 Pro. It is a chunky controller with offset analog sticks, like the Xbox controller. So if you are a fan of off-set sticks, this controller might be a good choice for you. The only thing stopping you might be the eye-watering price tag of $250. It is $50 more than the official Sony controller so there’s a little premium you have to pay here.
Sony has a long history of absorbing some percentage of the hardware price just to drive sales. We can see them doing the exact same thing here as well. If the controller can make FPS or competitive games sell more, then all the better. The base DualSense is already one of the best PC controllers, and the new one could potentially take the throne.
What Microsoft is Offering
Looking at the competition, Microsoft has 2 variants of their customizable Elite series of controllers. The Xbox Elite Series 2 is $179.99 and £159.99. Their new Elite controller, the Elite Series 2 Core is launching at $129.99 and £114.99 respectively.
Despite it being a stripped-down version of the more expensive Series 2 controller, it still retains the backpedals. The Sony controller is priced higher without the extra pair of backpedals. However, Xbox controllers are lacking a touchpad, haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, a microphone, and a speaker.
New PlayStation DualSense Controller Features
The best thing about the new PS5 controller is that it retains the look and size of the original DualSense controller. Every new feature seems to be fitted inside the same controller chassis. And they’ve added quite a lot of features to an already feature-packed controller.
The PS5 DualSense controller has a trackpad, motion sensing, haptic feedback, and adaptive triggers, features that are not found on the Xbox controller. Here are some of the biggest features you can expect from the PlayStation DualSense Edge Controller:
Remember how the standard analog sticks would start drifting on the PS5 controller? Now you can completely remove them and swap them for a new one. It will of course be sold separately but changing them won’t require you to open the controller.
Played too hard and worn down the stick caps? Happens to the best of us (or to the normal of us, please don’t look at me). The new PS5 controller allows you to change the caps and select the one that suits your playstyle too. Although, you can still have those crazy KontrolFreeks on there too if you want.
The back buttons give you two extra buttons to customize. You can set them up in the companion app/settings (we’ll have more info on that soon). Want to slide cancel in Call of Duty? Especially, now you can while your thumb is on the aim stick.
The triggers on the new PS5 DualSense Edge controller are also customizable. The amount of actuation needed can be adjusted with a slider. Less travel means you can react faster to threats in-game. Therefore, hairline triggers will surely help you improve your 1.3 Kill Death Ratio, at least that’s what I’m hoping for.
Want to switch from a shooter to a soccer game quickly? The controller can save multiple profiles that can be switched on the fly. I’ll use one profile for sniping and another for close-quarters shotgun build in the new Call of Duty.
The Function Button
The on-controller user interface is accessible with a dedicated Fn button on the controller. It allows you to quickly change your setup while your main focus remains on the game. Swapping between control profiles, adjusting the volume, and even changing chat balance is easy with this button.
Apart from adjusting the stick sensitivity and the dead zones on the sticks, you can fully remap the controller buttons. Want to jump with Triangle and shoot with X? First off, why? And secondly, you can do that. Jokes aside, this is great for accessibility and a good move by Sony. However, the standard controller also comes with this great feature.
Is The DualSense Edge Worth It?
The normal PS5 controller is already a hit on the PC and is included on our best controllers for PC list. We’ll have to wait and see how DualSense Edge performs before considering its worth.
However, if you love dominating in shooters and would love to reload or jump around corners without taking your right thumb off the aim stick, the new controller would be a lifesaver. I’ve personally improved my K/D on Xbox since getting the Elite Series 1 controller back on Xbox One generation. I have no doubt the DualSense Edge will similarly provide an “edge” over the regular controller.
We also don’t know the battery stats yet. The DualSense 5 saw a 56% increase from the DualShock 4’s battery. Perhaps the Edge will see another positive jump.
The new controller would be great for accessibility as well. Not as great as the Microsoft Adaptive Controller, but a step in the right direction. Mix that with Accessibility options provided by NaughtyDog in Last of Us Part I and we have a winning combination that allows everyone to enjoy games.
The worth of DualSense Edge depends on your needs and its performance. It is priced a little higher than we’d like but if it is sturdy and doesn’t have quality control issues like the Xbox Elite controllers, it might be an easy recommendation for serious competitive gamers.
PS DualSense Edge Vs Xbox Elite Series 2
|DualSense Edge||Elite Series 2||Elite Series 2 Core||Wolverine V2 Pro|
|Battery Time||N/A||40 Hours||40 Hours||28 hours without RGB|
The Elite Series 2 Core doesn’t come with any accessories, you’ll need to purchase them separately, that includes back paddles.
They were rumored to bring a mobile gaming controller as well, but it has yet to materialize. The PlayStation DualSense Edge controller is priced a little higher than we anticipated. We will have to wait and see how well the controller performs in day-to-day gaming usage before coming to a conclusion.
Will you be preordering the controller? Or will you get by with the basic DualSense, do tell us in the comments.