The New PS5, Xbox Custom Controllers Will Have You Breaking The Bank

The New PS5, Xbox Custom Controllers Will Have You Breaking The Bank

In 2015, Microsoft revealed the Elite Series Xbox controller, a premium gamepad for players who can recount their Call of Duty kill/death ratio faster than their Social Security number. An entire console generation later and Sony’s now getting in the game too with the DualSense Edge, a souped up PlayStation 5 controller that promises “high performance and personalisation” for the not-so-low price of $US200 ($AU317). It’s coming out in January 2023, and Microsoft is responding with its most customisable Elite Series 2 to date.

Editor’s note: All DualSense Edge pricing reported in this piece is a direct conversion of USD to AUD — we don’t have confirmed Australian pricing just yet, but it should give you a picture of the eventual asking price. Other devices mentioned throughout, like the standard DualSense and the Xbox Elite Series 2, have been updated with their proper local pricing. We’ll update this piece when we have official DualSense Edge. — David.

“The DualSense Edge wireless controller features a host of hardware and software-based personalisation options, including button remapping, the ability to fine-tune stick sensitivity and triggers, options to swap between multiple control profiles, and a unique on-controller user interface,” Sony detailed on the PlayStation blog on Tuesday. There are back buttons and trigger sensitivity sliders, and everything from the analogue stick pads to the face buttons can be swapped out and programmed in case you are a freak and want to put the square button on the left bumper or something.

None of this comes cheap, however. Sony also revealed today that the DualSense Edge will be half the price of an all-digital PS5 when it ships on January 26 (too late for God of War Ragnarök but just in time for the Dead Space remake). Not too long ago, players were already flinching from the new $AU120 price point for the base model DualSense, especially after a couple class-action lawsuits alleged defects related to joystick drift. Sony also just recently raised the price of PS5s across much of the rest of the world.

It’s not much more expensive than Microsoft’s Elite Series 2, which costs $AU269.90 if you want the full kit with all of the additional custom parts. But despite helping to create the market for pricey deluxe gamepads, and perhaps sensing an opening to undercut its longtime rival, Microsoft announced today that players can start designing their custom Elite Series 2 controller colour scheme for as little as $AU219.95 (or as much as $AU292.90 if you want the full custom kit). The DualSense Edge, meanwhile, is only debuting in white.

Today, the Elite Series 2 was added to Microsoft’s Design Lab, which lets you mix and match buttons and cover colours. Grabbing the full suite of add-ons still runs an additional $AU73, but being able to pick and choose the colours certainly makes paying almost double for a standard Xbox controller a bit more appealing. While no one’s gone hands-on with the DualSense Edge yet, the Elite Series 2 is a known quantity that’s well worth the price for anyone who has particular controller preferences, wants to game competitively, or has nothing better to drop $150 on.

It’s yet another frontier on which Sony and Microsoft can compete as the two trade barbed legal filings in the UK and other countries over the latter’s $US69 ($AU109.4) billion deal to buy Activision Blizzard. At least in this sphere, the results have been positive, letting PS5 owners finally have the same controller flexibility as their counterparts on PC and Xbox. Maybe it will finally encourage Nintendo to release its own $300 pair of deluxe Joy-Con that last more than a year before becoming plagued by drift.


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