PlayStation has finally entered the realm of high-end “professional” controllers with the DualSense Edge announced live at Gamescom’s opening night. The functionality and design of the DualSense Edge clearly gives PlayStation gamers something similar to the Xbox Elite controller line, especially the Xbox Elite Wireless Series 2.
Pricing, release date, dimensions and weight have not been announced at launch. However, PlayStation has shared a lot about what this controller can do, giving us a better idea of what it can do.
To better understand the DualSense Edge, let’s take a look at the specs (so far), dive into its standout features, and see how it compares to the Xbox Elite Series 2 and the basic DualSense and Xbox Wireless Controllers.
DualSense Edge vs. Xbox Elite Series 2: A Brief Overview
The infographic above provides a quick overview of what the DualSense Edge and Xbox Elite Series 2 do (and how they compare to each company’s standard controller models). But let’s break down some of the bigger stuff included in the high-end controller.
The DualSense Edge includes an adjustable trigger lock on the back of the device, similar to the Elite series. This means you can adjust the travel distance of the controller triggers, which is useful when playing competitive shooters or wanting to minimize dead zones when playing racing games. The DualSense Edge offers three trigger stop positions, which you can adjust with small toggles next to the two triggers on either side of the controller.
Additionally, Sony confirmed that all the signature features available in DualSense, such as haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, motion controls, and a built-in microphone, will also be present in the Edge.
Edge also brings DualSense’s built-in battery and USB-C support. The DualSense Edge and Xbox Elite Series 2 also include a case that lets you charge the controller with a USB-C cable while in storage. While we wish the DualSense Edge had longer battery life than the DualSense, the decision to make charging the controller easy is a good one when the controller is stored in a case to keep the controller safe and charged.
In contrast, the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller offers an internal rechargeable battery, while the standard Xbox Wireless Controller still relies on two AA batteries to function.
The biggest difference is that the Xbox Elite Series 2 doesn’t include a USB-C cable like the DualSense Edge; the controller’s package includes a wireless charging dock. Just plug the USB-C cable into the back of the dock, place your Elite Series 2 on the dock, and it will charge in the charging case.
DualSense Edge and Xbox Elite Series 2: Customization
DualSense Edge and Xbox Elite Series 2 offer extensive customization options. However, one thing that gives the DualSense Edge a competitive advantage is the ability to swap out stick modules, something the Xbox Elite controller doesn’t offer.
Although the stick mods will be sold separately, the fact that you can completely replace the thumb sticks is important, as there have been reports since the PS5 introduced Controller Drift. The option to replace the thumbstick will help extend the life of the DualSense Edge.
Both controllers feature detachable thumbsticks, though. The Xbox Elite Series 2 offers a set of six thumbsticks with adjustable tension: two standard, two classic, one tall and one wide dome. DualSense Edge will be available in three types of stick caps: Standard, High Dome and Low Dome.
Xbox Elite Wireless Series 2 Controller Review
Button remapping is also available on both controllers. Xbox Elite Series 2 gives you three different ways to remap buttons, one of which involves going to the Accessories app on your Xbox. As described in the PlayStation Blog, the DualSense Edge features an “on-controller user interface” with a dedicated Fn button that lets you adjust controller settings and other things like game volume. While Sony hasn’t officially confirmed that the DualSense Edge will support PCs, hopefully the controller will also be compatible with PC (and mobile) devices if the standard DualSense is any good. Especially considering Sony’s recent forays into the PC market and PC firmware update applications.
Customizable player profiles are also a big selling point for these high-end controllers. While Sony hasn’t officially confirmed how many profiles you can store on the DualSense Edge, the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller allows you to store up to three custom player profiles.
While we still know a lot about the DualSense Edge, early indications are that it will be a serious contender at the high end of the market. Especially for PS5 gamers who have so far had to turn to third-party controller makers like Scuf if they want a high-end option for Sony’s console. In the meantime, check out the evolution of the PlayStation controller and be sure to tune in to IGN’s weekly PlayStation show, Podcasting Beyond!to learn more about the latest news about the world of PlayStation.
Taylor is IGN’s Associate Technical Editor.You can follow her on twitter @TayNixster.