The brilliant Xbox Elite V2 finally has its counterpart in the world of PlayStation. The Sony DualSense Edge pad is intended to take gaming on PlayStation 5 to a whole new level. Let’s see if the Japanese made it this time.
The price is out of your shoes
Against the background of the current prices of the Xbox Elite V2 (PLN 690-750), up to PLN 1199 from Sony (check the current price here) may be shocking. But it is worth mentioning here that the Razer Wolevine V2 Pro, a licensed Pro-Pad for PlayStation 5 with a knob arrangement like Xbox pads, is valued at EUR 300 – about PLN 1,415. The price of Sony’s new products is therefore huge (240 euros), but there are also more expensive models for the most demanding players.
what do we get?
First of all, the pad comes to you from very rigid plastic case (it’s not some artificial leather, but a hard shell), which even has a velcro closure at the back window for charging the device in the case itself. The case also has a lanyard hook, and in its interior tailored to the shape of the pad and accessories there is also a mesh separating the device from the attached USB-A – USB-C braided cable.
This cable (2.8 m) can be connected directly to the DualSense Edge by using the attached cap with a lock slider. In this mode, we will disconnect the cable from the controller only after moving the button in Unlock mode on the connector.
In addition to the standard overlays on control sticksin the set we have two more pairs, in both cases convex — they allow you to both increase and decrease the height of our analogues.
Remaining still the upper part of the panel, they catch the eye two function buttons located just below the analogs. They are used to quickly switch between configured control profiles, game volume control and chat.-
You will find it on the bottom of the case “Release” sliderwhich, after sliding, allows you to remove the mask made of glossy black plastic and get to the stick modules. If you’re tired of life, analogs can be replaced (individually) without the participation of the service or the need to unscrew even a single screw. It’s the perfect solution. Additional module it costs PLN 129, and since analogs are the most often failing element of any pads, it can be assumed that in this way we buy pads for years. It would also be nice to be able to replace the crosspiece as easily, but not this time.
They are a very useful option mapped lever rear buttons, available in two variants. You can choose from oblong, profiled leaves, very well felt also with ring fingers, as well as short shifters for more precise control.
You can’t forget about either adjustable trigger stroke — separate for L2 and R2 – you can choose 3 modes, the standard one resembles the one in the basic pad, although you can feel a smoother movement and a slightly greater mass of button actuation. The next two shorten the movement by half and almost to the range of movement of the arrows. The short activation time will definitely be useful in dynamic FPS, although I would not despise the additional mode with a minimum jump.
Compared to the usual DualSense, the differences only in the photos seem to be only cosmetic. However, it is enough to grab the pad in your hands to have no doubt that the manufacturer spared no expense in materials or equipment. Equipment it’s heavier, and at least for now, it’s not going to creak… but let’s give him a moment. Not everyone has to like the glossy cover of the sticks, but as an element easily removable from the pad, it will certainly get an optional matte finish.
The battery in both pads is the same capacity (1500 mAh)so don’t expect anyone to work for long. Although it is easier to see the inscription “Japan” at the end of the print on the bottom of the housing, somewhere inside you will find information that the Edge is made in China. The outer plastics seem to be identical to those of the original controller, except for the touchpad, which is textured this time. Easily there is a noticeable difference in weight, which this time exceeds 300 g.
After a few moments with the DualSense Edge, the standard DualSense feels more plastic and hmm empty inside? It is both a matter of additional, partly metal elements, as well as a metal locking system for interchangeable rods.
When is the full review?
We will write more about managing control profiles and the possibilities of the pop-up menu in the coming days. Until then, I will limit myself with a summary – first impressions are excellentSony don’t spoil it-