We now have an official release date for the new DualSense Edge, an elite wireless controller for PlayStation 5. It will release on January 26, and that means preorders are also set to go live very soon for the new gamepad (October 25 to be exact).
But, where can I preorder the DualSense Edge controller? That and more will be answered in our handy FAQ preorder guide just below. For more news on the DualSense Edge, makes sure you're following @IGNDeals and @IGNUKDeals on Twitter.
Where Can I Preorder the DualSense Edge Controller?
Preorders for the DualSense Edge Controller will be exclusively available from PlayStation Direct in the US, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Moreover, it will only begin to be offered at other participating retailers starting February 23, 2023, as well. The likes of Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and more won't be seeing the controller listed for several more months. So if you want to buy one, it'll likely have to be directly from Sony for the time being.
When Can I Preorder the DualSense Edge Controller?
DualSense Edge controller preorders will be live from October 25, exclusively at PS Direct until it releases in January. The official release date is January 26, 2023, and the controller will continue to be exclusive to PS Direct until late February (US, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg).
What is the DualSense Edge Controller?
Initially revealed at Gamescom's Opening Night Live, DualSense Edge is a high-end controller that appears to be Sony's answer to Xbox's Elite controller range. A PS Blog entry has detailed the highly customisable controller, which allows you to set bespoke control mappings and even deactivate specific buttons.
Visually, the controller is very much alligned with the normal DualSense, but with a few extra elements to bring it up to premium standards. As with the Xbox controller, you can expect swappable thumb stick caps and adjustable dead zones.
What Does the DualSense Edge Controller Include?
- DualSense Edge wireless controller
- USB braided cable
- 2 Standard caps
- 2 High dome caps
- 2 Low dome caps
- 2 Half dome back buttons
- 2 Lever back buttons
- Connector housing
- Carrying case
How Much Does the DualSense Edge Controller Cost?
The price for the DualSense Edge controller is as follows in the US, UK, and Europe: $199.99 / £209.99 / €239.99. Just for comparison, the new Xbox Elite Series 2 Core costs $129.99 / £114.99, while the complete Elite Series 2 package with all the bells and whistles costs $179.99 / £159.99.
DualSense Edge vs. Xbox Elite Series 2
To better understand the DualSense Edge, let’s take a look at the specs (so far), dig into its standout features, and see how it compares to the Xbox Elite Series 2, in addition to the base DualSense and Xbox wireless controllers. We'll provide a brief overview here, but check out our full feature on comparing the two controllers right here on IGN as well.
Adjustable Trigger Hair Locks
The DualSense Edge includes adjustable trigger hair locks on the back of the device, similar to the Elite line. This means you can adjust the travel distance of the controller’s triggers, which is useful when playing competitive shooters or when you want to minimize the dead zone while playing racing games.
Button remapping is also available on both controllers. The Xbox Elite Series 2 offers three different ways for you to remap buttons, including one that requires going to the Accessories app on your Xbox. The DualSense Edge, as noted in the PlayStation Blog, features an “on-controller user interface” with a dedicated Fn button that will allow you to adjust your controller’s settings and other things like game volume.
Replacable Stick Modules
One thing that certainly provides a competitive edge for the DualSense Edge is the ability to replace the stick modules, something the Xbox Elite controller does not offer. Although the stick modules will be sold separately, the fact that you can change the thumbsticks entirely is a big deal, as there have been reports since the PS5’s launch of controller drift. The option to replace the thumbsticks will help increase the longevity of the DualSense Edge.
Both controllers come with removable thumbsticks, though. The Xbox Elite Series 2 offers a set of six adjustable-tension thumbsticks: two standard, two classic, one tall, and one wide dome. The DualSense Edge will offer three types of stick caps: standard, high dome, and low dome. For more premium controllers, check out our review of the Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller.
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