With the DualSense Edge, Sony is the last of the big three platform holders to bring a pro controller to the market. Nintendo has one for Switch, Xbox’s Elites are in their second iteration, and both of these exist alongside a plethora of third-party devices from Astro, Turtle Beach, and Scuf, among others. PlayStation’s offering arrives in a packed marketplace, but the years of sitting on the sidelines may have worked to Sony’s advantage.
The DualSense Edge incorporates years of learnings from its competitors to present something that ticks all the right boxes for a good high-end video game controller and even improves the user experience in some key ways. The end result is a pro controller that is iterative, but also looks and feels premium while bringing a customizability to the PlayStation gaming experience that hasn’t existed before. The question is whether that is enough to justify the $200 price tag for you, and whether its limited battery life will suffice for your needs.
At first blush, there’s not a lot that distinguishes the Edge from the standard DualSense visually. From certain angles, it looks like the same controller, and so very easily fits into the PlayStation 5’s white-on-black with blue light trimming aesthetic. If you’re not a fan of that, there’s little you can do about it short of getting a skin.
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Author: Tamoor Hussain