PS5's Customizable DualSense Edge Controller Gets A Release Date

Sony finally has an answer to the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, and unsurprisingly, it is more expensive than its Xbox rival. Say hello to the DualSense Edge controller, which banks on customizability to attract buyers willing to pay $199.99 for it. The gamepad matches the black-and-white color scheme of the PlayStation 5, but there is nothing like the Xbox Design Lab to jazz up the boring design of Sony's premium controller.

Coming to the more meaningful conveniences, Sony will let you replace the thumbstick modules as well as the cap covering them. You can pick between three types of caps for the best thumb grip and comfort. The inner grips feature a slip-resistance texture to help with long gaming sessions. There are a couple of function buttons underneath the thumbsticks that allow quick switching between preset controller profiles and access to volume and chat adjustments while playing a game.

Another thoughtful tweak is the ability to specify the travel distance of the left and right triggers, thanks to dedicated levers on each side that allow three levels of adjustment. The back buttons can be mapped to your preference, and you can also switch between lever and half-dome button styles for each one. Another neat convenience is the separate connector housing, which locks the braided USB cable in its place so that it doesn't eject if there's a lot of hand movement during the gaming session.

Sony has finally revealed the DualSense Edge release date

The DualSense Edge wireless controller will go on sale starting January 26, 2023, via the PlayStation Direct portal, while authorized retail partners will have it on their shelves a month later. Pre-orders for the controller start from October 25, 2022, via the PlayStation Direct store linked above and select retail outlets. In addition to the controller, Sony will separately offer the replaceable stick modules, but you'll have to pay an extra $19.99 for them.

The retail package with the carrying case includes the controller itself, a USB braided cable, connector housing for locking the wire terminal, and a pair each of the high and low dome caps, standard caps, half dome buttons, and rear lever triggers. The only visible aesthetic difference compared to the standard PlayStation DualSense controller is that the Edge model has a black finish over the touchpad zone.

Just in case you are curious, it can be charged with the DualSense charging station that made its debut alongside the PlayStation 5. However, the carrying case has an in-built charging system of its own that lets you juice up the controller by plugging in a USB cable.