The new PS5 DualSense Edge controller looks to very much be the premium, professional gadget Sony has pitched it as according to Hands On impressions posted today by The Verge. The outlet shares praise for the pad's programmability and button customizability, but there is one drawback: the DualSense Edge controller has a shorter battery life.
Sony shared the following statement on the topic of battery life: "The DualSense Edge wireless controller’s operating time is moderately shorter than the original DualSense wireless controller because we’ve included many more features within the same form factor and ergonomic design as the original DualSense controller. We wanted to strike a good balance between wireless operating time and delivering robust, high-performance features."
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Elsewhere, The Verge was given two hours to play about with the PS5 pro controller, which revealed how the triggers and touchpad are now grippier thanks to all those tiny PlayStation symbols on the surface, while the inside grips are now made of rubber instead of plastic.
The buttons themselves then all appear to look and react the same to touch, although The Verge notes "the sound of pressing a button was slightly deadened. Perhaps they’re more precise, but I couldn’t tell in my demos." The thumbsticks are said to be easier to swap in and out, and you can switch between controller profiles by holding down the two new Function buttons underneath the sticks.
"You can have three custom profiles saved to the controller at a time, plus the default PlayStation controls, each mapped to one of the controller’s Cross-Square-Triangle-Circle face buttons for easy access," The Verge says. "There’s even a simple LED pattern beneath the touchpad to help you know which profile you’re on, though its simple 1-4 dot readout probably isn’t a good enough memory aid for me."
The PS5 DualSense edge controller costs £209.99/$199.99, and launches on 26th January 2023. Pre-orders are being taken now on the official PlayStation Direct website. Will you be buying one? Let us know in the comments below.