Sony’s new PS5 controller, the wireless DualSense Edge, looks normal enough. It has the right amount of buttons and enough room to rest your hands on the boomerang-shaped plastic. But its extreme customization presumably explains why it costs $200, almost three times the base price for it the standard PS5 controller. A premium price for a premium product, I suppose – as long as you don’t expect it to last as long as its predecessor.
At least Sony isn’t really hiding that. In his practical example, The edge notes that PlayStation spokesperson Ken Zhang said the new DualSense will have a “moderately shorter” usage time than the original PS5 controller, which between five and 10 hours of charging.
“We added many more features within the same form factor and ergonomic design as the original DualSense controller,” Zhang continued. “Plus, the longer braided USB cable is also great for competitive players who prefer to play with a wired connection to avoid wireless interference – this option extends battery life.”
Zhang did not specify how much shorter battery life would be, and Sony did not immediately respond Kotakurequest for elaboration. In any case, it seems that according to Sony, the main appeal of the DualSense Edge shouldn’t be the battery after all, but the “highly customizable controls” touted in trailers and web store descriptions.
Most of DualSense Edge’s features can be assigned or changed, including the interchangeable joysticks (which you must purchase separately), three types of interchangeable stick caps, two types of assignable back button sets, and triggers with adjustable lengths. The controller also has an “on-controller user interface” on the underside, which you can use to adjust volume with a headset connection, among other likely useful quality-of-life features.
The $200 standard carry case already includes a few of those tweaks, too. When you buy it you will receive:
- The controller
- Braided USB cable
- Two standard stick caps
- Two tall dome stick caps
- Two low dome caps
- Two half dome back buttons
- Two lever back buttons
- Connector housing
- The manual
Along with the carrying case of course.
Despite the disappointing battery news, The edge editor-in-chief Sean Hollister complimented most of the controller’s tweaks in his preview, noting how easy it was to pull out a joystick or swap his D-pad with his face buttons just because it was.
Personally, I don’t know how much I’d rather be involved with every aspect of my controller than just gaming in peace. I’ll probably hold onto my $200 until the next, next, next generation of controllers fire off fireworks in the form of Aloy van Horizon via the home button and talk me out of it.