The New PS5 ‘Edge’ Controller Has Again Buttons and Prices $200


A Sony DualSense Edge controller with the parts and systems coming together.

Sony’s new DualSense Edge controller provides some customizability however appears to look similar to a daily $50 DualSense.
Screenshot: Sony Interactive Leisure

How a lot are you prepared to spend for the power to fine-tune the stick sensitivity and set off lifeless zones—oh, and fiddle again buttons—in your PlayStation DualSense controller? I hope you simply mentioned “an additional $130,” as a result of that’s how a lot it’s about to price come subsequent 12 months.

PlayStation lastly confirmed off its new DualSense Edge controller on Tuesday that appears precisely like a daily DualSense controller, besides possibly somewhat extra black on its entrance face. It additionally prices $200, almost half the worth of a full PS5 console. For that worth, I’d anticipate to see an unimaginable quantity of versatility from a first-party peripheral.

At first look, the Edge maintains the identical button format as your common $70 PS5 controller save for the small trigger-type buttons beneath the joysticks that enable customers to change between totally different management profiles. The announcement video states the Edge incorporates swappable stick caps and stick modules that enable for finer stick sensitivity mapping. There are additionally dials on the again to regulate set off lifeless zones, although its unclear how that characteristic will work with the controller’s well-loved adaptive triggers that provide a sense of resistance in sure video games.

It’s unclear what among the new DualSense Edge features makes it worth three times as much as a regular controller.

It’s unclear what among the many new DualSense Edge options makes it value 3 times as a lot as a daily controller.
Picture: Sony Interactive Leisure

The brand new controller additionally affords slots for a pair of customizable again buttons that may be mapped to totally different controls like the standard face buttons. The Xbox Elite Collection 2, which is the apparent competitor for the brand new Edge, has 4, non-customizable flat again buttons in contrast with the PlayStation controller’s two.

Oh, and it comes with a braided USB cable with a lockable housing and a case, and… nope that’s about it. In line with Isabelle Tomatis, Sony Interactive’s VP of {hardware} and peripherals, the Edge comes with three units of stick caps and two units of again buttons. However regardless of these welcome new options for sure players on the market, it’s laborious to see what makes the Edge value $200, 3 times as a lot as a daily DualSense. The Xbox Elite controller has been round for years now and prices $180, and often goes on sale for somewhat above $150. That controller additionally boasts swappable sticks and customizable controls in addition to a redesigned grip. On the very least, the Elite seems to be like a distinct controller than the inventory normal controller that comes with the Xbox Collection S.

PlayStation unveiled its new controller on the identical day Microsoft introduced its Elite Wi-fi Collection 2 controllers could be custom-made with distinctive colours, d-pad and thumbsticks utilizing the Xbox Design Lab. Which, if I’m spending $150 to $180 on a controller, you may guess I’ll be ensuring I get in a colour I truly like. Apart from swappable buttons, it doesn’t appear the Edge has every other type of customization, which is a real disgrace contemplating how a lot I’d be paying for it.

The common DualSense has been among the finest controllers I’ve personally used, however with PS5’s now costing extra in virtually each market aside from the U.S. it appears Sony is pondering its buyer base has plenty of money laying round they’re trying to burn.

And there’s nonetheless a query of how simple it’s to truly purchase a PS5. Some shops, like Amazon, are making clients put in a request for an invite with a purpose to buy. The corporate has repeatedly promised it’s doing extra to spice up manufacturing, and in keeping with import knowledge it looks as if shipments are approach up in September, although it’s possible too early to inform if these numbers have lastly allowed Sony to make product numbers equal demand.

Preorders for the Edge are set to begin Oct. 25 for U.S., UK and western Europe markets by way of Ps Direct. The controller’s set for a world launch on Jan. 26.

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