Sony may have created one of the best and most iconic game controllers for its PlayStation 5 console: the DualSense. But the company has outdone itself by releasing a pro version of this controller, the DualSense Edge.
Despite PlayStation’s success over the years, premium controllers from other consoles, such as the Xbox Elite Series 2 and the Steam Deck’s built-in controller, have features that Sony’s controllers lack.
But with the new DualSense Edge controller, Sony wants to give the PlayStation 5 better functionality and customization options. So these are the reasons why we’re excited about the new DualSense Edge.
New customization features for professional players
While the original DualSense controller is a powerhouse in its own right, the DualSense Edge adds more features that allow players to play however they want. Sony announced all of these new features at Gamescom 2022 opening night and gave details in the PlayStation blog.
The DualSense Edge allows PlayStation 5 players to remap and disable specific buttons, just like the Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller. So if you often hit the wrong button in the heat of battle, you can disable that button to avoid any inconvenience.
If you find it difficult to achieve a critical action on the DualSense controller, the DualSense Edge’s remapping ability allows you to move a button to another location. This action makes it easier for you to hit the right switch, so you can react more quickly to in-game events.
In addition, you can adjust the travel distance and dead zone of each trigger. So if you’re playing games where milliseconds are important, a lighter trigger point can make all the difference in who gets the first shot. Reduced dead zones can also provide greater precision – crucial for racing games, where just the right amount of throttle input makes all the difference between overtaking in a corner or turning out.
Switch profile while flying
Most PlayStation owners play multiple titles or share their consoles with family and friends. So by switching profiles you no longer have to stick to a certain custom configuration. For example, if you’re playing Gran Turismo 7, you’ll want your triggers to have a minimum dead zone, but if you’re playing Call of Duty: Warzone, you’ll want to increase that to avoid misfires as you traverse Verdansk.
By saving your favorite controller profiles, you don’t have to manually set up your controller every time you start a new game. And if you’re going to lend your controller to your friends or siblings who want to set it up to their preference, they can do so by switching profiles.
Once you’ve saved your profiles, you don’t have to pause the game to switch them. Dedicated Fn buttons on the bottom of the analog sticks let you quickly switch your control profiles, adjust game and chat volumes, and set and test controller profiles while in-game.
New buttons that let you choose the right feeling
In addition to tweaking the control scheme, Sony’s new DualSense Edge controllers also introduce new buttons with customizable caps.
Back buttons for more control
Taking a nod from the Xbox and steam deck, the new PlayStation 5 controllers now have two buttons on the back. While this is still two less than what the competing options offer, you no longer need to get an attachment from Sony (or a third-party adapter) to have one.
Replaceable caps and buttons
In addition to adding new back buttons, Sony also lets you replace these back buttons. You can choose between half-dome or lever switches, so you can adjust them to your liking. You can also replace the caps on the analog sticks as desired – choose between standard, high dome and low dome.
While you can’t replace all the other buttons and triggers, the customization on the sticks and back buttons will go a long way in making long gaming sessions more comfortable and improving your performance.
DualSense Edge solves stick drift problems
One of the issues that often affects analog sticks is stick drift. And while it is sometimes possible solve DualSense’s drift problem with software or cleaning it is not pleasant to deal with. And if your repairs fail, you’ll need to return your controller to Sony for repair.
If your controller is still under warranty, you’re good (provided you haven’t voided the warranty). But if not, you’ll have to pay Sony to fix it, or you’ll have to fix the floating sticks yourself – which is quite difficult.
Replaceable stick modules
However, with the new DualSense Edge, you no longer have to take your controller apart if you experience stick drift. You can now buy replacement stick modules and swap them out easily. Admittedly, this isn’t an ideal solution – Sony should make the controller modules more robust – but it will make repairs easier and reduce the number of good controllers thrown away due to stick drift issues.
Included carrying bag
One of the causes of stick drift is when dirt and dust build up under the controller. Another cause is if the stick is moved unnecessarily and puts unnecessary pressure in your bag during transport.
But with the included carrying case, you can ensure your DualSense Edge controller is protected when not in use. You also get a braided USB-C cable, with which you can charge the controller, even if it is in the case.
Bringing an edge to PlayStation 5 players
Sony’s new DualSense Edge controller brings many new features to PS5 gamers who need an edge in multiplayer titles. All these features allow players to play exactly how they want, while extending the life of their controllers.
While Sony hasn’t announced the price or release date yet, we’re already excited to get our hands on one and see how it improves our gameplay. We just hope Sony delivers more PlayStation 5 consoles because you can’t use the DualSense Edge with a PS4.
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