Failing to have a new PS5 Pro console in the pipeline, Sony has launched a new controller for the console. Controller that, we remember, is part of the technical innovations of the new generation of the Japanese group. Haptic force feedback, adaptive trigger, integrated microphone and speaker, elements that allow the complete immersion of the player from his hands and wirelessly. Less than three years after its launch, DualSense is getting a resurgence, but not really, because the DualSense Edgewhich we received a few days ago, is marketed as a “pro controller” whose purpose is above all else customize their gaming experience to the extreme. It’s the “ultimate controller” for the PS5, the statement tells us.
Personalization comes at a cost: 240 euros in the official store. At this price, Sony can only offer premium packaging. If the cardboard box looks like everything else in the PlayStation collection, inside, we feel like we have deluxe content on our hands. The white cardboard box, all white apple brand type pills, its claimed weight: 1 kilo. Inside, a round white cover weighing 700 grams with the popular customizable controller, in a black alcove with braided USB cable, four joystick covers, two semi-rounded rear keys, two rear paddles, connector housing and manual.
Visually, the DualSense Edge won’t clash with a traditional controller. If the subtleties are there, they are almost identical, apart from a few details. The color that, because it came to us with the d-pad and buttons in translucent black. The trackpad is also black with a nice print with 4 PlayStation symbols, like triggers. In the grip of the controller, unlike DualSense, they are not beveled but well rounded like, for example, an Xbox controller.
Customizable, the controller is above all two Fn keys located below the joysticks, one on each side, used as in keyboards, therefore related to other buttons. With the action keys, we change the profile, with the option key, we personalize this profile and with the d-pad, we can adjust the volume or the audio balance. Important ? I’m not sure. But you can manage dozens of settings that will touch the hearts of hardcore gamers (like the sensitivity of the joysticks). All of this leads to one difference you’ll notice with the controller in your hands: the weight. On our test bench (a Tefal scale to weigh my rice), there are 280 g for the original, 325 g for the Edge. Despite everything, the Edge remains just as good in the hand as its sibling.
Customizable, the controller is above all two Fn keys located below the joysticks, one on each side, used as in keyboards, therefore related to other buttons. With the action keys, we change the profile, with the option key, we personalize this profile and with the d-pad, we can adjust the volume or the audio balance. Important ? I’m not sure. All of this leads to one difference you’ll notice with the controller in your hands: the weight. On our test bench (a Tefal scale to weigh my rice), there are 280 g for the original, 325 g for the Edge. Despite everything, the Edge remains just as good in the hand as its sibling.
On the customization side, as announced, we can therefore operate the controller in several ways. In front, you can change the joystick covers by simply pulling the mushroom to remove the widget from its location. Admittedly it’s always a little scary pulling it out and reattaching it to its support, hoping it doesn’t break. If the whole thing clearly looks good and stable, it remains to be seen if it will not damage the joystick in the long run. Especially since the manual doesn’t fail to tell you multiple times how fix possible joy drift… Anyway, it’s obviously not made to change every 15 days, so the risk is minimal. At the back, two slots allow you to place very practical RB/LB pallets and finally forces players to use only the indexes for the slice keys, and not two fingers (crazy bunch).
Other customization, you can lift the front cover, in black in the current version, thanks to a release button on the back which works like the latch on your car hood, meaning you always struggle to reach it to open it. In fact, to avoid accidental use, this latch is not comfortable and therefore it is necessary to take a nail or a small object to be able to slide it to the side and release the cover. Finally, the last function of the gamepad is on the back, near the L2/R2 buttons, and allows your adjust the “stroke” of these buttons, that is, the depth of the support. Three positions in total, from the one you’re used to feeling when your game starts (the short stroke) to the long position, like when the controller stops.
Finally, note that the carrying pouch part is velcro and can be removed from the back. To make a big hole is not the only interest, in fact it is for pass the controller’s wired charging adapter and therefore allow it to recover battery power while remaining in its black and white case.
In the end, is the controller worth its price? In a sense, yes, because its position as a premium pad, its packaging, its customization and the fact that it offers a little more than the basic DualSense, make it a high-end accessory that will appeal to those collectors, PS5 fans or just those who want a highly personalized gaming experience. But it remains, in the end, all the same half of the price of a console for, by schematizing, two additional keys and management of player profiles. Reserve for those who want luxury from every point of view!
Dualsense Edge Wireless Controller