Early next year, Sony will release DualSense Edge, Microsoft’s long-awaited answer to the Xbox Elite Controller. The DualSense Edge brings a number of new features to the table, including removable sticks, back paddles, and the ability to save multiple control profiles, but not every change is positive. The Verge recently used the DualSense Edge, and while their impressions were mostly positive, they reported that the new gamepad will have less battery life than the primary PS5 controller. Sony itself confirmed this in a statement …
“The runtime of the DualSense Edge wireless controller is moderately shorter than the original DualSense wireless controller because we’ve included many features in the same form factor and ergonomic design as the original DualSense controller. We wanted to strike a good balance between wireless runtime and delivering powerful, high-performance features. Plus To that, the longer braided USB cable is also great for competitive gamers who prefer to play with a wired connection to avoid wireless interference – this option conserves battery life.”
So, the question becomes – what exactly does Sony mean by “relatively shorter” battery life? While a first-rate gamepad overall, the basic DualSense actually works relatively quickly in my experience, especially with games that operate entirely on touch and using the adaptive trigger. Even if the DualSense Edge only loses an hour or two of battery life, that can be a real usability issue depending on what you’re playing.
The Verge also notes that the DualSense Edge will use the same type of analog stick as the primary controller, which has shown a tendency to skew. Of course, with the help of interchangeable sticks in the console, fixing the problem will not be difficult. However, a new, more drift-resistant stick would have been better.
The DualSense Edge controller officially launched on January 26, 2023. It will set you back $200.