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Sony’s DualSense Edge controller out in January

Sony’s DualSense Edge controller out in January

The most advanced PlayStation controller ever will not be cheap, but it looks like it’s worth the extra cost
It may look a lot like the standard DualSense PS5 controller from the outside, but the DualSense Edge comes with a number of advanced features. Its price tag reflects this. (Image: Sony)

It was first announced in detail about two months ago and the only things Sony did not talk about back then were its price and date of availability — but now we have information on both: the DualSense Edge, the company’s first professional-grade controller for the PlayStation5, will be available globally on January 26th, 2023 for $199.99/€239.99/£209.99. It’s Sony’s answer, more or less, to the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller 2 for the Xbox Series S/X and a direct competitor to the Reflex Pro, Scuf’s most advanced wireless controller for the PS5 which is considered to be the best option for Sony’s most powerful home entertainment system right now (while costing a bit more than the Edge).

The DualSense Edge will be available for preorder on Tuesday, October 25th, along with extra replacement modules costing $19.99/€24.99/£19.99. The carrying case the Edge comes with contains the controller itself, obviously, as well as a USB braided cable, two standard caps, two high dome caps, two low dome caps, two half dome back buttons, two lever back buttons, and housing for its connector. It’s a fairly extensive set of complementary accessories that allow consumers to make use of every feature the Edge has to offer without paying anything extra for it. That’s not a given. If this was an Apple product, for instance…

The DualSense Edge packaging includes everything that’s necessary to make the most of the new controller. Extra accessories and replacement modules will be available separately. (Image: Sony)

There’s been much speculation about the pricetag Sony would be going for with this one and, well, the company makes it pretty clear: the DualSense Edge controller is a premium product, it is targeted at hardcore gamers who do need all that extra functionality and it is priced accordingly. In the same way, of course, that more consumers than just pro gamers like buying pro gear, the DualSense Edge will be of interest to many demanding owners of a PlayStation5 come January.

This pro-grade wireless controller is more expensive than Microsoft’s equivalent — and only marginally less expensive than the current PS5 champ, the Scuf Reflex Pro — but it does have the advantage of being an official Sony product, so chances are that it will be properly supported by a wider range of PS5 games in due course. The Scuf Reflex Pro, on the other hand, offers the option to be customized with different colors and patterns (which the Edge doesn’t… not yet at least!) and it can also be used with Windows 11/10/8/7 PCs, Macs and iOS or Android devices (which the Edge might do too but we’ll have to find out).

The packaging of the DualSense Edge is similar to the one Sony is currently using for the standard DualSense, but the black touchpad area and the different photo angle do stand out. (Image: Sony)

In any case, not long to go now: the DualSense Edge is less than 3 months away and we’ll be sure to put it through its paces in order to find out if it really is 3 times as good as the current DualSense (which is still the most advanced default controller for any home entertainment system out there). In the meantime, gamers already interested in the Edge — or consumers who would like to know what the fuss is all about — can take a look at the “features trailer” that Sony released for its new product, explaining in a visual way the extra functionality it offers over the DualSense. Neat, no?

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