When it comes to the DualSense Edge Wireless Controller for PlayStation 5, playing is believing. I had the opportunity to try out the ultra-customizable, high-performance controller, try out a few interchangeable parts, the controller customization options on the console, and tested everything in different games. Bottom Line – Regardless of your overall experience with custom controllers designed for precision play, the DualSense Edge controller combines premium build with intuitive user settings.
For a closer look at what inspired the controller’s form factor and customization options, we got to meet the minds that helped design it. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how the world’s first highly customizable PlayStation-designed controller was created:
The DualSense Edge controller comes in a sleek and durable shell-like case that keeps your controller and accessories safe and organized. One nice touch is the detachable flap that can fit the included braided USB charging cable, allowing you to charge the controller while it’s inside its case.
Familiar form factor
The controller immediately feels familiar, as PlayStation engineers aimed to match the shape and size of the original DualSense controller. A closer look at the DualSense Edge controller reveals subtle examples of its premium build quality, such as the increased surface area of the grippy white plastic around the knobs and the extra texture on the touchpad and triggers.
Adjustable trigger length
Players can adjust the length of the triggers with built-in switches for the R2 and L2 buttons. This simplifies on-the-fly configuration without having to change any controller profile settings. One example from my time was going from God of War Ragnarok, where I wanted to use the full range of the R2 button, to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, where pulling a shorter trigger helped me shoot faster.
Switchable stick caps
The DualSense Edge controller comes with three sets of stick caps for quick setup. The two standard caps are the same as the DualSense controller’s quick sticks, while the high and low dome cap sets provide a nice concave feel. I liked that the right analog stick had the ability to change the high dome cap, allowing for more accuracy when aiming in Call of Duty or Apex Legends.
Back button versatility
The DualSense Edge controller also has additional back buttons. The lever rear buttons are longer and flatter and actuate quickly. The semi-circular back buttons have a low profile and precise feel. They open up new possibilities for button configurations, and once I got used to the new inputs, I felt like a nimble powerhouse. One example includes…
God of War Ragnarok
Assigning the dodge button to the left back button and extracting/charging Kratos’ Leviathan attack to the right back button allowed me to keep my thumb on the right stick and control the camera at every moment of the fight. I reduced the length of the left trigger to speed up targeting of ranged attacks, but left the right trigger at default to experience the immersive magic of adaptive triggers during melee combat. I’m so satisfied with the result that I’m already planning a second playthrough of the amazing sequel to Santa Monica Studio after launching the DualSense Edge controller.
Customizable controller profiles
The options to optimize your playstyle go beyond accessories and start customizing custom controller profiles. The first time you connect your controller to your PS5 console, a handy guide automatically appears. Some of the reliable additional options include:
- Up to 3 profiles stored on the controller itself
- Custom button assignments (for example, to set up an FPS profile, a driving profile, an action game profile, etc.)
- Stick Sensitivity and Dead Zone Adjustment
- Trigger dead zone setting
- Vibration intensity
- Trigger effect intensity
Preset profiles for stick sensitivity
A variety of preset profiles for adjusting joystick sensitivity offer a seamless transition for players who may not want to dive into the deep part of setting behind the net. Here is what is described in the system settings (subject to change):
- Fast – The amount of recorded data increases as the stick is tilted. Good for fast movements. Get the upper hand by aiming quickly in fast-paced shooters.
- Accurate – The minimum input is registered when the stick is tilted. Good for precise movements. Fans of shooting games may find it useful to have slow and precise aiming.
- Stable – Registered input is limited even if you tilt the joystick hard. Provides smooth and stable movement. Perfect for when you need to move smoothly in action games.
- Digital – Even a slight tilt of the stick will register almost maximum input. The functions are the same as the direction buttons on the controller. Get instant input response for your fighting and action games
- Dynamic – Registered input is limited when you tilt the joystick slightly or strongly, but accelerates in the middle range. Provides versatile gameplay in shooting games where you may need to aim carefully but also turn quickly.
These two buttons are located below the thumb sticks, providing easy access to the DualSense Edge controller-specific menu that appears every time you press it in-game or in system menus. These buttons allow you to easily switch between profiles, adjust headset volume, balance game/party chat audio, and more. The ability to quickly jump directly to the controller profile menu after a few quick button presses is critical, allowing you to quickly make changes without interrupting your gameplay. The experience reminded me of jumping into weapon loadout editing while waiting for a respawn in Call of Duty. Speaking of…
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
Function buttons highlighted when transitioning to a Modern Warfare II match. I knew right away that I still had the controller profile set up for God of War Ragnarok, but thanks to the trigger switches on the controller, I quickly adjusted them to a shorter length for faster aiming and shooting. After that, I used the function buttons to quickly switch to a profile that I had set up using the “Quick” preset as a base. I assigned jump to the left back button and crouch/slide to the right back button, which allowed me to smoothly control my movement around the map while keeping my thumbs ready for firefights. I also swapped out the high dome cap for the right analog stick, giving me more control when aiming.
Going into hands-on experience with the DualSense Edge controller, I expected to be impressed by the high-quality engineering and great customization options of the physical controller. What surprised me was the intuitive tutorial on the console and easy menu navigation thanks to the function buttons. Whether you’re a competitive gamer looking for the full edge, or just interested in getting the most out of the gameplay experience in your favorite titles, the DualSense Edge controller is ready to serve you when it launches on January 26, 2023.
Get it directly from your PlayStation at direct.playstation.com.
In the US, UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, the DualSense Edge wireless controller is only available for pre-order through direct.playstation.com (as long as stocks last). The DualSense Edge Wireless Controller will be available at other participating retailers starting February 23, 2023.