DualSense Edge: release date of the new PS5 ‘pro’ controller
The new controller comes with brand new features not found on the “standard” model
Sony’s controllers have become just as iconic as some of their most beloved games, and the latest iteration of the DualSense comes with a number of features that rivals – such as Xbox’s controllers – still lack.
On the one hand, there’s the built-in haptic feedback and adaptive voltage-controlled triggers, which make in-game actions like shooting a bow or driving a car through rough terrain all the more real in your hand.
Still, it hasn’t been without its downsides, consuming all of the battery life to provide those extra features that aren’t present on other console gamepads.
But that could change with the DualSense Edge controller, Sony’s first foray into the expanding ‘pro’ controller market.
Revealed at the recent Gamescom event, here’s everything you need to know about it.
What is the DualSense Edge?
Simply put, the DualSense Edge is the PS5’s first official “pro” controller.
For a higher price than the standard model, gamers can expect a polished peripheral designed for professional gaming – while offering plenty of benefits for the average ‘casual’ gamer at home.
Much like Xbox’s “Elite” controllers, the DualSense will likely get a more considered build quality and longer battery life, along with some slight design improvements to make it feel better in the hands – it looks like it comes with textured grips, for example.
Along with these tweaks and improvements, the controller will come with a plethora of other features that could help give you an edge (no pun intended) in the gaming skill department.
What are the features of the DualSense Edge?
Perhaps the DualSense Edge’s greatest feature is how customizable it is.
Its main selling point is the ability to create custom controller profiles to suit your needs. Maybe you prefer playing shooters with the X button as the “fire” input (as opposed to the more “standard” right trigger mapping)? With Edge, you can create a custom profile that lets you map controller inputs to whatever buttons you see fit.
You can create several of these profiles and easily switch between them depending on the game you want to play via the controller’s new “Fn” (function) button, which will bring up a dedicated on-screen menu when pressed and allow you to make the change quickly.
You can also physically customize the controller, adjusting the tension of the triggers and the sensitivity of the thumbsticks; the controller comes with three types of interchangeable mattress toppers that you can change to suit what works best for you.
There are also two interchangeable buttons on the back of the controller – buttons that simply don’t exist on the standard DualSense model – which can be configured to be any other button input, giving you easier inputs. accessible at your fingertips.
The DualSense Edge also comes with a braided USB Type-C cable, which uses a connector housing to lock into the controller so it’s much less likely to slip out at a crucial moment.
How much will it cost?
As of this writing, Sony hasn’t confirmed what price the DualSense Edge will retail for.
But looking at Microsoft’s pro controller offering, we can make a reliable guess: its Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller retails for £159.99.
It’s likely the DualSense Edge controller will be somewhere around that price when released, although Sony’s standard controller is already more expensive than its Xbox counterpart as it includes tech features not seen in Microsoft’s offering. (The DualSense costs £59.99 while the Xbox Wireless Controller costs £54.99).
When will it come out?
Again, no confirmation from Sony as to when the DualSense will go public, but it said it “looks forward” to sharing more details “in the coming months.”
Some have speculated that along with the PSVR 2 and a rumored PS5 Pro (a slightly more powerful version of its existing controller), a bundle with the two new accessories with the upgraded console would make for a pretty tempting deal.
Could a mid-to-end 2023 be in preparation?