More than two years on from the PS5's release, Sony's new DualSense Edge controller offers a premium upgrade over the gamepad bundled with the console - and a rival to Microsoft's Xbox Elite controller. It's a competition-focused pro gamepad with back paddles, fully remappable buttons, adjustable triggers and swappable parts. The Edge costs a steep £210/$200 at launch - so is it worth the premium? And how does it compare to third-party alternatives - not to mention the Xbox Elite controller?
The teardown is interesting. I'd assumed the lower battery life was simply due to enhanced polling, haptics etc. and the same stock DS battery being used. But in actual fact, they've put a battery in it that is ~33% weaker than the stock DS controller (~1050mAh vs 1560mAh).
A premium controller should have a battery greater than or equal to the base controller.
Honestly if you are ok with the wireless connection lag, you don't need a $200 controller. For me, I will always have it plugged in.