Sony Interactive Entertainment has unveiled the new DualSense Edge wireless controller for Playstation 5, the first-ever high-performance, ultra-customisable controller of its kind.
We’ve seen third-party controllers with customisations before, but this will be the first time an officially released device will hit the market and like their competitor Microsoft does with the Xbox Elite Controller this will give PS5 players more options than ever before.
The DualSense Edge wireless controller is designed to allow players to create custom controls tailored to their playstyle and features a number of hardware and software-based customisation options.
What We Know about the DualSense Edge Wireless Controller
Ultra-customisable controls: Players can remap or deactivate specific button inputs, and adjust stick sensitivity, travel distance and dead zones. For example, players can reduce travel distance for faster inputs in competitive FPS games or reduce the dead zone for precise throttle control in racing games.
Ability to save multiple control profiles: Players can save their ideal control settings to unique profiles and swap between on the fly. No more scrolling through huge settings menus between games!On-controller user interface: The dedicated Fn button allows players to adjust their setup in-game; swap between pre-set control profiles, adjust game volume and chat balance, and access the entire controller profile settings while in-game.
Changeable stick caps and back buttons: Three types of swappable stick caps (standard, high dome, and low dome) help players find the right level of comfort, grip and stability. Two swappable sets of back buttons (half-dome and lever), can be configured to any other button input.
Replaceable stick modules: Each individual stick module can be replaced, increasing controller longevity (sticks sold separately).
Built-in DualSense wireless controller features: Tying all the new features together is the signature comfort and immersive experience of the DualSense wireless controller when playing supported games, with haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, a built-in microphone, motion controls, and more.
The DualSense Edge wireless controller comes with a USB Type-C braided cable which features a connector housing to lock into the controller, making it much less likely to slip out at a crucial moment (we’ve all been there!).
It also comes with a carrying case, keeping all the components together and organised while also allowing players to charge the controller while stored in the case.
Daisuke Kurihara, Art Director, led the controller’s design process and shares a few insights on how it was created:
“The opportunity to create the DualSense Edge wireless controller was a dream come true for our team. We wanted to build on the legacy of iconic PlayStation controllers by creating a controller that empowers players to experiment and personalise elements based on their own unique playstyle – whether they are a competitive gamer or someone who just enjoys having more options to customise their play. The DualSense Edge wireless controller also features a number of thoughtful design touches that we hope players will enjoy, including a distinct DualSense controller-inspired black-and-white colour scheme and a unique PlayStation Shapes pattern on the touchpad and trigger surfaces.
“We are thankful to the many gamers, professional esports players, and developers who helped provide feedback on the controller’s design.”
Sony really stepped it up with the DualSense controller on release with the PS5 and then later introduced alternate colour preferences. It’s without a doubt the standout feature of the NexGen consoles so to think that they are ready to offer an “elite” version of that where we can customise to our own preferences is another fantastic step in the evolution of console gaming.
No launch date has been announced at this stage, but we’ll let you know as soon as it has.