This article is from the M! 354 (March 2023).
MERING • High-quality pro controllers with additional rear buttons and lockable shoulder buttons were patented by SCUF Gaming in the early 2010s and have been used by many manufacturers since then. Now Sony is following suit and releasing the DualSense Edge – for a whopping 240 euros. The black-and-white pad weighs 335 grams (approx. 54 grams more than a DualSense), feels great in the hand, is top-quality, provides additional grip with a new coating on the underside of the grip horns and uses small ones PlayStation icons on the touchpad also add new visual accents. There are also many practical additional functions, above all two magnetic slots on the underside. Here you can engage the additional keys RB and LB, each of which comes in two variants, and then use them to quickly trigger any action key on the pad. Button remapping is a snap and done directly through the PS5 system software, to which Sony added a dedicated section for the Edge. You can also use this to configure things like dead zones and the sensitivity of the sticks and create up to 31 profiles for your favorite games. Too bad: Saving key sequences that you then trigger with a key is not supported.
Another brilliant solution: With the help of the easily accessible Fn keys placed under each stick, you can switch between four “assigned” profiles in the middle of the game in a flash. If you press an Fn key in combination with D-Pad left/right or D-Pad up/down, you also regulate the headphone volume or the balance between voice chat and in-game audio. The Edge can also score with magnetic stick caps, which Sony supplies in three versions; an auxiliary connector that securely attaches the 2.7 meter long USB-C cable to the pad; rear switches that shorten the trigger travel of the R2 and L2 buttons in two stages, and interchangeable analog stick modules. In the event of a stick drift, etc., you don’t have to replace the entire pad at once. Sony also provides a robust storage bag for the pad and accessories – including a flap on the back to connect the Edge to the USB-C charging cable when it is protected. Which brings us to the biggest sticking point: The battery hardly lasts more than six hours in continuous use. If you can live with the high price and the lack of a macro function, you get a 1A professional pad that is excellently integrated into the PS5 ecosystem.