PlayStation DualSense Edge: The Kotaku Australia Evaluation

Let’s get this out of the way in which: do you really need a Professional/Elite/Edge controller? Nearly actually not. Nevertheless, let’s not fake that “want” is what’s driving most of us right here. A controller just like the one you see within the image on the high of this text is fairly, handy, and may (however most likely received’t) make us higher at our favorite video games. Xbox has been making Elite controllers for years, and there have been loads of PlayStation third-party “professional” controllers (I nonetheless have my bat-themed Scuff Impression controller). However the PlayStation DualSense Edge marks the primary time Sony has waded into this premium pond. At $340, it will probably appear troublesome to justify. However earlier than we get into budgetary gymnastics, the massive query:

Is the PlayStation DualSense Edge Any Good?

Sure, very a lot so. It’s additionally a bit understated within the variety of options added. I anticipated extra bells and whistles for $340, however Sony has gone the “every thing you want, and nothing you don’t” design route, and I actually respect that.

The 2 again buttons are completely positioned and formed. I can not stress how a lot I get pleasure from utilizing them. I don’t suppose I might ever return to utilizing the common DualSense on video games that require you to press down L3 to dash after experiencing this stage of consolation on the Edge. The controller comes with two choices of back-button form: paddles and little nubs, permitting for various formed arms and play types. Plus, it’s good and simple to alter how far the triggers journey with little sliders on the again on the controller, permitting for sooner photographs.

Whereas the case is missing in a single key space, I do actually like the form, hardness, and interior design. The design of the Xbox Elite controller case has at all times irritated me barely as a result of the cable by no means fairly match correctly within the cable pocket with the controller in it. The DualSense Edge case has a correct place for every thing, and also you don’t must Tetris any of it to get the case to shut. Love that.

What isn’t so good?

Underside of the playstation edge controller
Picture: Alice Clarke, Kotaku Australia

Whereas I actually like how straightforward the operate buttons make it to alter between profiles and alter audio settings, there actually doesn’t must be two of them so shut collectively, taking over such prime actual property, with out being remappable themselves.

I additionally suppose that it’s bizarre that Sony didn’t enhance the dimensions of the battery. I received a bit below 6 hours out of a single cost, which is fairly near what I get out of a normal DualSense. For $340, I might need it to go effectively above that.

How does the PlayStation DualSense Edge evaluate to the Xbox Elite controller?

PlayStation DualSense Edge: The Kotaku Australia Review
Xbox Elite: high left, Ps DualSense Edge: backside center and Ps DualSense high proper. Picture: Alice Clarke, Kotaku Australia

On this area, the PlayStation DualSense Edge is at a slight drawback simply because everyone seems to be so aware of the second-generation Elite controller. We all know it, we’re used to it, and it’s moulded what we count on from a pro-level controller. Nevertheless, there are additionally some vital variations that can matter in numerous methods to totally different individuals.

By way of the plain variations, the Edge solely has house for 2 paddles on the again as an alternative of 4, it’s lighter, has two operate buttons, and it has a share button (the Elite has the profile button the place the share button is on a normal Xbox Sequence controller).

Additionally, the Edge case doesn’t have a built-in battery to seamlessly add further cost between classes (which the Elite does), as an alternative it has a gap that you may cross a cable by way of. That alone makes the worth proposition harder to parse as soon as you are taking the value disparity under consideration.

Nevertheless, the Edge has replaceable analogue stick modules (bought individually for $35 every), which makes it extra repairable and means it’ll last more.

I additionally choose the location, form and feeling of the 2 rear buttons on the Edge than I do on the Elite. I discover that I not often use the highest two buttons on the again of the Elite, however the decrease paddles are barely too curved. I might like it if Xbox got here out with again paddles nearer to the form of the Edge paddles as an possibility, as a result of the Edge’s are really wonderful. One wonders if, within the focus testing stage, PlayStation additionally had a four-paddle configuration and located individuals simply didn’t use all of them.

Whereas the battery and further heft on the Xbox Elite controller are clear winners for me, the easier-to-use again paddles of the Edge imply it’s simpler to make use of it for its supposed goal, which is maybe a extra essential slam dunk.

Who would profit from the PlayStation DualSense Edge?

Playstation edge in case
Picture: Alice Clarke, Kotaku Australia

Professional controllers are, understandably, normally aimed toward professional gamers. However there’s one other group that I believe would profit from the again paddles: individuals with arthritic fingers, or related hand mobility points. I normally depend on the again paddles on my Xbox Elite controller at any time when I dislocate my thumb, as a result of it will probably typically be a bit stiff after I put it again in and received’t journey as simply from the precise stick with the ABXY buttons. That’s when the again buttons grow to be essentially the most helpful. So, older gamers, individuals with RSI, and different individuals with stiff thumbs might profit from the Edge simply as a lot as these gamers for whom milliseconds could make all of the distinction.

Had been I ruler of all that’s controllers, how would I alter the PlayStation DualSense Edge for the inevitable second-generation controller?

I’m so glad you requested. Whereas it’s actually good as it’s, I might make it in order that the operate buttons had been remappable. As I mentioned, it’s bizarre to have two of them so shut collectively. I might additionally transfer the operate button to someplace barely extra out of the way in which, since you don’t must be altering profiles that often, and make it in order that these two buttons may be for different shortcuts. These operate buttons are in such a great place that is very easy and comfy to press, they’re wasted on altering profiles.

I might additionally give it only a bit extra heft, whereas additionally rising the battery measurement, to make it really feel extra premium and get extra use out of it.

Plus, I might launch a bunch of various colors of the detachable controller face so I might gown it up in little outfits to match my recreation/temper.

Ought to I instantly run from my dwelling and buy a PlayStation Dualsense Edge?

Playstation edge and case
Picture: Alice Clarke, Kotaku Australia

So far as controllers go, this one is so expensive that I really feel like this advice ought to carry a type of “monetary recommendation” disclaimers.

Except you actually suppose you’ll correctly reap the benefits of the buttons on the again, or that you’d actually profit from with the ability to change between 4 absolutely remapped controller profiles on the fly, this isn’t a controller price saving up for.

Nevertheless, should you suppose you actually would reap the benefits of all this controller has to supply (and also you play so much), otherwise you’re simply actually wealthy, that is completely the perfect controller out there for the PlayStation 5. It’s not excellent, however it’s actually good and has improved my consolation when taking part in.

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