Sony’s DualSense Edge is like a director’s cut of a movie that improves on the original vision but costs 185 percent more to watch. Enjoyment is always hard to quantify, but this $199.99 controller (almost the cost of three DualSense gamepads) is stuffed with features that might be worth that extra cost to you, or not.
This may help you figure it out: have you ever, during the PS5’s going on three years of existence, wished for a controller with back paddles, swappable analog stick modules that require no tools to switch, and function keys that let you swap controls and adjust volume without popping in and out of annoying menus? If that’s your bar for saying yes, the DualSense Edge will likely satisfy you since it can do even more than that. There currently isn’t a PS5 controller that matches it, though the $219.99 Scuf Reflex Pro comes closest.
Many of the DualSense Edge’s additions that I’ll get into below are impressive, but there’s one area where you’ll actually get worse performance for your money: battery life. My colleague Sean broke the story on the DualSense Edge’s battery life taking a hit compared to the standard model, for which Sony even provided a clarifying statement:
“The DualSense Edge wireless controller’s operating time is moderately shorter than the original DualSense wireless controller because we’ve included many more features within the same form factor and ergonomic design as the original DualSense controller. We wanted to strike a good balance between wireless operating time and delivering robust, high-performance features.”
What does “moderately shorter” look like in real-world testing? Not as bad as I feared, but still not great for a $200 controller. It’s not so short that I’ve been able to easily drain it several times during the review period. After switching between a mix of PS4 and PS5 games with vibration and adaptive trigger settings at maximum intensity (and taking advantage of every feature I could), I got about eight hours and change of battery life before it disconnected, which is just a couple hours fewer than I usually get with my DualSense controller from the PS5’s launch. I asked Sony how long the battery should last if you choose not to use any of its new features, and I’ll update this review once I hear back.