DualSense Vs. DualSense Edge: Which Should You Buy?

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    PlayStation 5 DualSense Wireless Controller

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    If the latest battle in the console war were decided on controllers alone, then PlayStation would have taken the crown. The PS5’s DualSense is a very innovative controller that allows you to better feel the games your playing unlike anything to have come before it.

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    PlayStation DualSense Edge Wireless Controller

    The DualSense Edge controller for PS5 is the model on which its based taken to the next level. Fully customizable with the ability to remap all of its buttons, if you’re looking to up your gaming experience on PS5, this is the ultimate option.

The PlayStation 5’s DualSense is considered by many to be the most innovative controller ever designed. Between its haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, other than its battery life, I’ve heard very little bad said about PlayStation’s latest industry standard. However, always striving to do more, even when it is arguably already ahead of everyone else in this particular field, PlayStation created the DualSense Edge.


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The Edge is effectively to the DualSense what the Pro versions of PlayStation’s consoles are to their respective base models. Newer, more expensive, and for some people, a whole lot better. However, with the price points of each controller differing so greatly, everyone who owns a PS5 should really weigh up their options when deciding on what controller to buy next. That’s where we come in. We’ve weighed up the pros and cons for you, taking out the legwork and allowing you to read on down and make an informed decision on what you should buy, the regular DualSense, or the DualSense Edge.

  • PlayStation DualSense Edge Wireless Controller PlayStation 5 DualSense Wireless Controller
    Battery 5 to 10 hours 6 to 12 hours
    Connectivity USB Type-C USB Type-C
    Headset Support 3.5mm headphone jack 3.5mm headphone jack
    Extra Buttons Mappable back buttons No
    Available Colors White Original White, Midnight Black, Cosmic Red, Starlight Blue, Nova Pink, Galactic Purple, Grey Camouflage


Customization

The biggest difference between the DualSense and the DualSense Edge is your ability to customize. While the base controller is pretty much take it or leave it as it comes, the bulk of the appeal of the Edge, and the reason why it costs so much more than its slightly older sibling, is how much you can do to the controller to make it your own.

Leading the charge for the Edge is its remappable buttons. Whether you need a certain command in a particular game to be mapped elsewhere or you’d simply prefer it that way, it’s easily done with the Edge. You can also make alterations to stick sensitivity and vibration intensity. Not to mention all the bits and pieces you can attach and detach to your Edge to make it uniquely yours, all in a neat little carry case. If the only thing that bothers you about the DualSense is the color, then the regular controller is for you. Currently available in seven colors, the Edge is still only available in white.

Price

Let’s be honest, this is the thing you look for first whenever trying to make a decision like this. It might not be fair, but it’s human nature. While the Edge undoubtedly has the, well, edge when it comes to customization, how much you’re willing to pay for that customization may well be where it falls flat. At $200, it’s well over twice the price of two regular DualSense controllers.

That’s right, if the Edge hasn’t won you over, and you think a normal DualSense will do the job, you can buy two of the regular controllers and still have enough left over to buy a copy of AEW Fight Forever for your PS5. No, it’s not the best wrestling game ever made just yet, but with Stadium Stampede arriving soon, it’s about to get a whole lot better.

Battery Life

I’m old enough to remember a time when anyone who wanted to get from one side of a room full of gamers to the other had to carefully navigate their way through a tangled maze of wires. A thing of the past for most thanks to wireless technology, but the removal of wires has eradicated one problem in favor of another. Figuring out how to pack as much battery life into a controller as possible.

As noted already, the one complaint I’ve heard during the DualSense’s first three years is it doesn’t have the best battery life. I’ve heard those complaints because I’ve been one of the people making them. At six to 12 hours, that might sound like a lot, but wait until you’re in a house with a rotation of different people using the console throughout the day, all of whom forget to put the controller on charge once they’re done. Since the Edge has more features and needs more juice, its battery power is even worse at five to ten hours.

What’s Right For You?

Both the DualSense and the DualSense Edge have their benefits, otherwise the latter would have replaced the former when it launched in 2023. If you’re a casual gamer who isn’t looking to spend a hefty chunk of change on their next controller, but you’re in the market for a new one, maybe stick to a regular DualSense. If you’re looking to up your game, and the ability to customize your controller to suit you is what will do that, then maybe paying the extra for the Edge is the right call

The DualSense is right for you if:

  • You’re a casual gamer
  • You don’t want to spend too much
  • Customization isn’t important, but bright colors are

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PlayStation 5 DualSense Wireless Controller

Best Value

$60 $69 Save $9

PlayStation’s biggest deviation from its tried and true controller design to date, but it has really paid off. Widely regarded to be the next step when it comes to controller design, even Xbox has admitted it’s impressed with the DualSense and will be taking inspiration from the PS5 controller.

Pros

  • Available in seven colors
  • Less than half the price of the Edge
  • Longer battery life
Cons

  • Battery life is still pretty bad
  • No customization options other than the colors

The DualSense Edge is right for you if:

  • You want to customize your controller to suit you
  • You want to take your gaming experience to the next level
  • Battery life isn’t going to be an issue

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PlayStation DualSense Edge Wireless Controller

Premium Pick

The DualSense Edge is the next evolution of what is effectively the best controller ever created in the eyes of most. The best PlayStation has to offer with the added bonus of putting how you use the controller in your hands via its extensive customization options.

FAQ

Does The DualSense Drift?

While there have been a few reported cases of the DualSense suffering from drift, it doesn’t appear to be a widespread problem. Certainly not on the same level as Nintendo’s Joy-Con.

Is It Okay To Leave The DualSense Plugged In?

Yes, it is absolutely fine to leave the DualSense or the DualSense Edge plugged in. In fact, considering the limited battery life of both, I would recommend leaving them plugged in and charging while not in use.

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