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Sony enters the high-end customized controller area with the DualSense Edge

As lengthy rumored, Sony introduced particulars about its plans to enter the high-end controller recreation with the DualSense Edge, a complicated cousin to the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller with added customization choices and options.

If you happen to’ve seen or used Microsoft’s Xbox Elite Collection 2 or controllers from SCUF or others in that market, you may see lots that is acquainted right here.

The DualSense Edge contains all the identical options seen within the DualSense, like haptic suggestions, however it provides the power to customise button mapping, stick sensitivity, set off journey distance, and useless zones in a number of swappable management profiles.

It additionally gives changeable stick caps, and it helps again buttons that mean you can carry out the identical inputs you’ll with the (for instance) triangle, cross, sq., and circle face buttons with out taking your thumb off the suitable stick. That is significantly useful for critical first-person shooter gamers, because it means that you can provoke jumps or slides in lots of video games’ default management schemes whereas sustaining management of your intention.

The controller ships with a number of choices for the stick caps and again buttons. That features both half-dome or lever shapes for the again buttons and both commonplace, excessive dome, or low dome stick caps.

The stick modules will also be changed to increase the lifetime of the controller, Sony says, however these alternative stick modules shall be bought individually—not included within the field just like the caps or again buttons.

A “devoted Fn button” will permit gamers to swap between pre-set management configurations, modify recreation and mic relative quantity, and head to the PS5’s controller profile settings menu immediately from the controller itself.

The DualSense Edge will include a case to retailer all these extras in, in addition to a USB-C cable that locks onto the controller to forestall unintentional unplugging.

DualSense Edge announcement video.

Sony hasn’t named a launch date or value for this controller, however judging from different competing high-end controllers like Microsoft’s Xbox Elite Collection 2 or SCUF’s Reflex for PS5, it is not prone to be low-cost. These controllers sometimes vary wherever from round $180 to greater than $200. Sony’s base controller for the PS5, the DualSense, is already fairly expensive, with an MSRP of $70.

For essentially the most half, the DualSense Edge appears nearly a feature-to-feature counter to Microsoft’s Xbox Elite Collection 2. That stated, Microsoft’s controller additionally emphasizes nicer supplies and in-hand really feel, and Sony’s announcement hasn’t stated something about how the DualSense Edge will (or will not) differ from the DualSense in that regard.

PlayStation VR2 will get a launch window

Sony additionally lastly named a launch window for the PlayStation VR2, the PlayStation 5-exclusive follow-up to the extremely profitable 2016 PlayStation VR headset for the PlayStation 4.

In a tweet and an Instagram publish, Sony introduced that the headset is “coming early 2023” and accompanied the social posts with a picture depicting the headset and its two controllers—although we have seen each earlier than.

Enlarge / The picture of the PlayStation VR2 headset and controllers that Sony shared on social media when saying the discharge window.


As we have discovered beforehand, the headset can have a 110-degree discipline of view, 2,000 x 2,040 per-eye decision at both 90 Hz or 120 Hz, and it’ll function HDR OLED shows for every eye.

Maybe most significantly, it should help eye-tracking that allows foveated rendering, a way that enables VR headsets to focus their horsepower on the pixels which are clearest on the middle of your view whereas permitting for pure blurriness in your peripheral imaginative and prescient.

And it’ll hook up with the PS5 with a single USB-C cable with no exterior digicam required—a far cry from the wire-laden unwieldy connections seen within the unique PSVR.

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