Sony has unveiled an updated premium controller for the PlayStation 5 – the DualSense Edge – which features customisable controls, interchangeable stick caps, and back buttons and profiles for control mapping.
The company has long rumoured to be developing a ‘pro’ style controller, and this looks to be exactly that. That makes it the PS5’s equivalent to the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller, which has similar features – though Sony’s pad has the extra edge of the adaptive triggers and advanced haptic feedback that have made the base DualSense such a popular gamepad.
Sony didn’t reveal when the DualSense Edge will go on sale, or how much it’ll cost when it does. The Elite Series 2 costs $179/£159, around $100/£100 more expensive than the standard controllers. Sony is likely to take a similar tack, pricing this well above the $69/£59 regular DualSense pad.
The official PlayStation blog explains that players can remap and deactivate specific inputs to suit their preferences, and tailor the travel difference for the pad’s shoulder triggers to suit specific games – for example, you could have faster inputs for FPS games, where quick reactions are key, while swapping to a longer push for the accelerator in driving sims.
A dedicated Fn button on the controller allows users to quickly swap between profiles, change the volume levels, and access the controller profile settings. The controller comes with standard, high dome, and low dome stick caps, as well as half-dome and lever back buttons.
The DualSense Edge also comes with a braided USB-C cable and a carry case. All the sticks on the controller are replaceable in the future, should they be worn down over time – but these will be sold separately.
This announcement follows the colourful PS5 DualSense controllers, which were released at the beginning of this year. You can also read our PlayStation 5 review, and everything we know about the new PlayStation VR2 headset, now confirmed to launch early next year.