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PlayStation has unveiled its answer to Microsoft’s Xbox Elite Wireless Controller.

Announced during Gamescom’s Opening Night Live event, the DualSense Edge is a new “high-performance, ultra-customizable” wireless controller for PS5 consoles (and, presumably, PC) that features customizable controls, changeable stick caps, back buttons, and more. Pricing and launch timing seem to be unknown, but it looks like a significant upgrade over the standard DualSense controller.

Here’s a roundup of the DualSense Edge’s hardware and software-based customization options, per the official PlayStation Blog:

Ultra-customizable controls: You can make the DualSense Edge wireless controller uniquely yours by remapping or deactivating specific button inputs and fine-tuning your aim by adjusting stick sensitivity and dead zones (the distance your analog stick moves before it’s recognized in a game). In addition, each trigger is adjustable with options to tailor travel distance and dead zones to your preference. For example, you can manually reduce travel distance of the triggers for faster inputs in competitive FPS games or reduce the dead zone for precise throttle control in racing games.

Ability to save multiple control profiles: Once you’ve found your ideal control settings, you can save them to unique profiles and swap between them on the fly. With the DualSense Edge wireless controller, you’ll always have your preferred controls for your games ready to go, whether you’re facing Norse gods and monsters in God of War Ragnarök, or rival players in an online battle royale.

On-controller user interface: The dedicated Fn button allows you to easily adjust your setup while staying focused on the in-game action – quickly swap between your pre-set control profiles, adjust game volume and chat balance, and access the controller profile settings menu to set up and test new control iterations while in game.

Changeable stick caps and back buttons: Three types of swappable stick caps (standard, high dome, and low dome) help you stay comfortable in game while maintaining grip and stability. The two swappable sets of back buttons (half-dome and lever) can be configured to be any other button input, putting more essential controls at your fingertips.

Replaceable stick modules: Play longer with the ability to fully replace each individual stick module on the controller (replacement stick modules will be sold separately).

Built-in DualSense wireless controller features: The DualSense Edge wireless controller retains the signature comfort and immersive experience of the DualSense wireless controller when playing supported games, including haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, built-in microphone, motion controls, and more.

Daisuke Kurihara, Art Director, who led the DualSense Edge’s design process, had this to say about the new PlayStation controller:

“The opportunity to create the DualSense Edge wireless controller was a dream come true for our team. We wanted to build on the legacy of iconic PlayStation controllers by creating a controller that empowers players to experiment and personalize elements based on their own unique playstyle – whether they are a competitive gamer or someone who just enjoys having more options to customize their play. The DualSense Edge wireless controller also features a number of thoughtful design touches that we hope players will enjoy, including a distinct DualSense controller-inspired black-and-white color scheme and a unique PlayStation Shapes pattern on the touch pad and trigger surfaces.”

“We are thankful to the many gamers, professional esports players, and developers who helped provide feedback on the controller’s design.”

Source: PlayStation

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4 comments

  1. Xbox Elite is real nice (I messed around with first-gen Elite controller a few times) but definitely not $150-$200 nice. Don't know what Sony is gonna charge for this, but DualSense controllers are already expensive as f*ck. Used to be able to find XB1 controllers, Wii U Pro controllers, and DualShock 4s for $40 brand-new. Then Switch came around with $70 Switch Pro controllers, and then PS5 with $70 DualSense. The prices are moving in the wrong direction. Of course the Xbox Elite controller and DualSense Edge aren't the standard controllers but special higher-end models, but when the prices of the standard controllers aren't great, you can't get too excited about the special ones.

    While we're talking about controllers, I appreciate Microsoft continuing to let us use whatever batteries we wish.
  2. Hey Sony, why don't you make a controller with a battery that lasts longer than 2 hours, eh?
    THIS. All 3 brands have sh1tty battery life, but the battery life of DualShock 3s and 4s is absolute @ss. I realize that Nintendo WaveBirds don't have rumble, but those things had 100-battery life from two AAs and I really miss that. Wiimotes, Wii U Pro controllers, Switch Pro Controllers, Switch Joy-cons (including the ones that look like NES controllers), Switch SNES Controllers, these all have waaay worse battery life (and I bet the Genesis and N64 controllers for Switch are the same way). What really pisses me off about modern Nintendo controllers though is that they lose a lot of their charge when they are sitting off and in storage. If you don't touch them for like two weeks you can pick them up and they'll be dead. I seem to recall X360 controller battery life being much better than XB1 controller battery life, but at least XBSX controller battery life isn't really any worse than XB1. Either way not great though. Then Sony comes in dead last. I heard DualSense isn't any better than DualShock 4.

    So please, can we get some decent f*cking battery life outta controllers these days? Sheesh. I'd rather they focus on that than extra features.
  3. I heard DualSense isn't any better than DualShock 4.

    It's a little worse. And the Dualshock 3 from my PS3 would go for like a week without charging. 360 gamepad would go about a week as well on 2 AA rechargeables.

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