Sony’s new $200 PS5 controller dies faster than the original

DualSense Edge controller in its box.

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Sony’s new PS5 controller, DualSense Edge Wireless, looks normal. It has the right number of buttons and enough space for you to rest your hand on the boomerang-shaped plastic part. But its extreme customizability probably explains why it costs $200, almost three times the base price for standard PS5 controller. That’s a premium price, I guess—as long as you don’t expect it to last as long as its predecessor.

Sony doesn’t really hide that, at least. In Its hands-on preview, precipice note that PlayStation spokesman Ken Zhang says the new DualSense will have a “moderately shorter” uptime than the original PS5 controller, which has midyear and 10 hours of charging.

Zhang continued: “We have included more features in the same form factor and ergonomic design as the original DualSense controller. “In addition, the longer USB braided cable is also great for competitive players who prefer to play with a wired connection to avoid wireless interference – this option helps preserve battery life.”

Zhang didn’t specify how much shorter the battery life would be, and Sony didn’t respond immediately Kotakuconstruction requirements. In any case, according to Sony, it seems that the main draw of the DualSense Edge isn’t the battery anyway, but the “ultra-customizable controls” it has touted in its trailers and descriptions. online shop.

Most of the DualSense Edge features can be mapped or changed, including replaceable joysticks (which must be purchased separately), three types of interchangeable bar caps, two types of button sets return is mapable and the trigger is of variable length. The controller will also have a “controller user interface” at the bottom, which you can use to adjust the volume using a headphone connection, along with useful quality of life features. is different.

The standard $200 carrying case already contains some of that customization. If you buy it, you will get:

  • remote controll
  • USB braided cable
  • Two standard bar covers
  • Two high arched hats
  • Two low dome covers
  • Two halves of the back button
  • Two lever back buttons
  • Connector housing
  • User manual

With the carrying case, of course.

Despite the disappointing battery news, precipice Senior editor Sean Hollister praised most of the controller customizations in his preview, noting that popping the joystick or swapping the D-pad with his face buttons how easy.

Personally, I don’t know how many times more I’d like to be able to fret about every aspect of my controller instead of simply playing games in peace. I’ll probably keep my $200 until the next, next, next generation of controllers fire off Aloy’s shaped fireworks horizon through the home button and told me to get out of it.


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