Sony is preparing to release a new PS5 controller with a focus on customization. It’s called the DualSense Edge and it will no doubt draw comparisons to Microsoft’s Xbox Elite controllers.
The DualSense Edge wireless controller will offer customization options to both hardware directly and through software. On the hardware side, you will be able to change the club tops to choose between standard, high dome and low dome tops. The rear buttons are also interchangeable, with half dome and toggle options, and the bar modules can be replaced if you find they’re wearing down from heavy use. Sony will sell new stick modules separately rather than include replacements in the box.
On the software side, buttons can be reassigned or disabled, stick sensitivity can be adjusted, and trigger travel can also be tweaked. Sony wants gamers to be able to adjust between travel distance and dead zones for different types of games, and the DualSense Edge will also let you save multiple profiles so you can switch between them when you switch games.
Configuration adjustments can be made on the controller using a dedicated Fn button, which allows you to switch profiles, adjust game/chat volume, and display the controller’s profile settings for further adjustment.
The DualSense Edge is considered an upgrade to the standard DualSense controller, so you don’t lose any of the standard features. It will still include haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, motion controls, and a built-in microphone. The USB-C cable it comes with is braided and uses a “controller-locking” connector housing so it can’t be easily pulled out. Sony also decided to include a storage case that supports recharging while the controller is inside.
We don’t yet have a price or release date for the DualSense Edge controller, but Sony said it will reveal more “in the coming months.” With PlayStation VR2 launching in early 2023, I’d be surprised if Sony didn’t have this new controller on store shelves before the holiday season begins.