The PS5 DualSense Edge controller is a costly but excellent customisable gamepad
This is Sony’s in-house produced new super controller for the Playstation 5.
And it’s an awesome bit of kit with one small problem.
The DualSense Edge is a premium product at a premium cost, coming in at just over £200.
That’ll no doubt price out some gamers but having had a test run of the gadget it certainly is a quality production.
Because the DualSense Edge is a fully customisable, upgraded PS5 controller.
Now the original controller that comes with your PS5, the DualSense, is one of – if not THE – best gaming controllers of all time.
It’s haptic feedback, internal rumble engines and all-over feel are spot-on and remain among the very best on the market despite their two year plus age.
The Edge is simply a very good extension of that near-perfection, adding in a host of new options to help the gamer create a custom play style specific to each key game in their library.
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So that means a swanky white plastic storage case that also houses different height dome-shaped thumb-stick buttons that you can swap out from the base ones.
That immediately changes the way you play and helps arguably boost your ability on certain shooters or race games.
Then there’s the option of adding different types of paddles to the back of the controller, which are mappable and allow you to assign, say a gun reload, to a new trigger underneath the unit as it may better suit your fingers.
Those paddle points sit perfectly for your hand positions as they caress the highly grippable backs of the handles.
There are four player profiles to customise on top of the Sony default, each instantly switchable in-game thanks to the Fn buttons added to the base of the controller.
And in each of those profiles you can literally reassign any button on the unit except for the central Touch Bar.
So Square can go in the traditional Circle spot, for example, if you prefer to dash away from the baddies in your new SpongeBob game using your right thumb.
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Physically, the Edge boasts slip-resistant inner grips, so you never lose control of your handset in sweaty competitive online sessions, and there’s the expected haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, a built-in microphone and motion controls.
It looks incredibly cool too, with tiny Playstation logo squares, circles and triangles all over the triggers and back grips if you stare intently enough.
There’s an extra deep black sheen on the front to differentiate it just enough from its predecessor that you know you’re playing with something of higher quality.
And it feels slightly heavier too.
The case will be a bit too plasticky for some, especially those perhaps used to the equally excellent Xbox Elite controller and its fabric case.
But you can charge the Edge within the case here thanks to a neat velcro back flap.
And you’ll be charging this a fair bit, because the only major criticism that can be made about the Edge is that it doesn’t hold charge as long as a normal DualSense.
So unless you’ve got a permanent dock for it like the DualSense charging station, there may be periods of wireless gaming where you’re switching back to the old favourite base unit while this one charges up again on the USB cable.
But then that’s solved easily enough with a wired-in connection – favoured by many a pro gamer.
Overall, the DualSense Edge takes everything you like from the near-perfect original DualSense and adds In various layers of customisation.
The price point is high and I’d have liked to have seen a longer charge in the internal battery.
But there’s no denying this is now the go-to controller for Playstation 5 players – if you can justify the cost and don’t mind the odd wired-in gameplay session.
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