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DualSense Edge Review: An elite controller for PS5 at a high price

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The new DualSense Edge is a controller with great qualities, but the result of a commercial strategy that is not fully convincing.

DualSense Edge Review: An elite controller for PS5 at a high price

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Five months after its first appearance at the Gamescom opening ceremony, the DualSense Edge is now preparing to hit the market, marking Sony’s entry into the premium peripheral segment. The new PS5 pad is in fact designed to guarantee the most demanding players a superior gaming experience compared to that offered by the standard counterpart, although the device has not failed to trigger some controversy in relation to a list price that is anything but modest . Here we will therefore try not only to define the qualities of the package packaged by the Japanese company, but also to establish whether the € 239.99 required for the purchase of the controller are fully justified by the merits of the proposal.

Sony’s debut among elite controllers

The new premium peripheral from Sony comes to the appointment with the fingertips enclosed inside a hard case, which in addition to the pad houses all the accessories included in the package, or two rear paddle keys, two half-moon keys, four replacement analog sticks and a nylon sheathed cable with attached locking system. Each of these elements is neatly housed inside the plastic shell, which in turn proves to be as elegant as it is solid, as well as equipped with a convenient rear door – kept closed by two Velcro strips – which can be opened wide when needed to put charging the pad without removing it from the container.

Once challenged, the device fully confirms the positive impressions recorded last month following the first road test: net of a form factor substantially identical to that of the standard counterpart, the Edge conveys a more marked sensation of sturdiness, in largely attributable to the increased weight of the controller. It is worth pointing out that, during the hours spent in the company of the peripheral, we have never perceived this difference as a source of embarrassment, thanks to the good work done by Sony in the engineering phase of the new mechanical components of this DualSense. In this sense, the most consistent difference is represented by the two independent modules that house the analog sticks, which can be easily replaced by unlocking the plastic cover and lifting the metal levers that hold the sticks in place. This is a simple and quick operation that does not alter the general solidity of the controls in any way, even after a rather long series of iterations. The basis of this addition is the desire to extend the life of the device, allowing users to change the sticks in case problems related to wear or drifting emerge.

Less sophisticated, but not lacking for this, it is instead the system of rotation of the caps of the analogswhich can be removed by lifting them with a good deal of force, the same force necessary to seat the replacement element chosen by the user.

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Although at the moment it is not possible to evaluate the long-term stability of this interlocking mechanism, we can confirm that its structure does not show any obvious critical issues, both during assembly and during subsequent game sessions. In this case, the only negative note is represented by the – questionable – choice of including only dome variants in the offer (two with a high profile and two with the same profile as the stick base), thus limiting the overall flexibility of the proposal.

On the other hand, we really like the design of the additional rear keys, available in two variants: one with the classic paddle structure, the most widespread in the premium pad sector, and the other with a particular crescent shape that significantly changes both the ergonomics of the control system and its effectiveness in relation to the different usage scenarios.

In both cases, the buttons are easy to reach and perfectly responsive, thanks also to the quality of their magnetic housings, which on the one hand make replacement operations practically instantaneous, and on the other guarantee impeccable stability in every playful situation. To close – at least for the moment – the list of functional divergences dowry to the DualSense Edge we find a pair of switches placed near the triggers, which allow you to set the maximum travel (25, 50 and 100%) and consequently the speed of the triggers. input, to be modulated according to your needs. This is a valuable addition, but it requires players to sacrifice all the mechanical resistance of the adaptive triggers, that is one of the cardinal features of the DualSense. Overall, in short, the Edge is a solid and well-designed device, which aligns without great uncertainties with the values ​​of the premium segment, all while preserving the sense of familiarity transmitted by a design very close to that of the standard PlayStation 5 pad.

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However, we must confess that the choice to apply a glossy finish to the central section of the device, to recall the appearance of the Sony flagship, left us quite perplexed: although the quality of the plastics is not the subject of discussion, in our opinion the aesthetics of the whole are clearly affected. Things are better by looking at the touchpad, more opaque and decorated with the symbols of the keys in relief, also present on the rubberized coatings of the handles, which favor a firmer and more comfortable grip.

Promoted yes, but with some reservations

Beyond the changes on the hardware front, the biggest added value included in Sony’s offer is represented by the new customization software integrated into the PlayStation 5 operating system. This allows you to compose up to 30 custom profiles, three of which can be applied on the fly using one of the function keys located at the bottom of the pad, which in combination with the front buttons will activate the various presets offering a short tactile feedback accompanied by the switching on of the “indicator lights” on the touchpad, indicating the selected layout.

Considering the presence of two function keys, we would have appreciated the possibility of instant access to six different profiles, which in our opinion would not have altered the practicality of the system that much. perhaps by associating each of the trios with a distinctive color of the LEDs. Moving on to the options made available by the software, the range of customization possibilities includes the total revision of the mapping of each of the controls (including the Share and Menu buttons), the adjustment of the sensitivity of the analogs and the management of the dead zone of both the sticks and of the triggers.

In the first case we could freely set the behavior of the individual stickseither by applying one of the six presets provided by Sony (which adapt to most usage scenarios), or by manually setting the sensitivity curve and the inclination required for recording the input.

The submenu dedicated to the triggers – which can also be modified individually – instead allows you to precisely establish their activation interval, establishing the width of the dead zones in the initial and final stages of the stroke. As in the case of the standard pad, the interface also allows you to adjust both the intensity of the haptic vibration and the resistance of the adaptive triggers. Although the system concerted by the manufacturer guarantees the controller a significant advantage over the other premium alternatives available for PlayStation 5, the choice to make the software available (at least for the moment) only for Edge owners it creates a disparity for which it is difficult to attribute real technical justifications. In theory, the vast majority of these additional settings could also be extended to the standard PS5 pad, and we hope that Sony will opt for a more inclusive line in the future.

If it is clear that the reasons behind this strategy are dictated by the desire to push users to evaluate the purchase of the Edge, the route traced by the company is destined to discourage – and not a little – another important slice of the audience ludens, or the one that populates the “middle ground” of the PC market. At the time of writing this article, in fact, the freedom of customization defined by the system software it is inaccessible for desktop usersand during our tests we weren’t even able to take advantage of the additional controller keys in-game, which will probably be “unlocked” after the launch with the support of the various digital distribution platforms.

The fact is that, this being the case, the offer shaped by Sony with the launch of the DualSense Edge it fails to align, at least in terms of overall versatility, with that of its main competitors, proposing an elitist peripheral that risks not finding its ideal size on the market. This with the complicity of a list price that still seems too high to usalso balancing the premium features of the device.

From this point of view, the DualSense Edge has already collided – reasonably – with the perception of the public, who did not even like the news about the reduced autonomy of the pad. During our tests we have ascertained a duration approximately 30% shorter than that of the standard DualSense, which rarely exceeded the 5-hour mark. Despite his indisputable qualities, which on PS5 make him an extraordinarily eclectic and reliable game partner, PlayStation’s new entry is a controller we can’t promote with flying colorsdespite having loved the time spent holding it in the most varied game scenarios on the Sony flagship.

DualSense Edge
DualSense EdgePlayStation 5 Analyzed VersionSony enters the premium peripheral market with a technological jewel that brings with it a wide range of additional features, some of which can dramatically change the user experience on PlayStation 5. While we appreciated – and not a little – practically every element dowry to the device (except for some aesthetic aspects), on the other hand some of Sony’s choices have left us rather dumbfounded. In this sense, the Japanese company’s proposal struggles to align with the standards set by the competition, thanks to a list price which, overall, is decidedly high. The DualSense Edge remains a device with undoubted qualities, which however risk overshadowing in the eyes of the gaming public.

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