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How Does The PS5's DualSense Edge Compare To The Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller?

During Gamescom 2022, the console war between Xbox and PlayStation heated up yet again. During the event, PlayStation introduced the world to its brand new advanced controller, the DualSense Edge. Of course, as is the case with most news regarding PlayStation, this revelation invited a comparison: Is the DualSense Edge, a controller intended for more competitive gamers, better than Xbox's own special edition controller, the Elite Series 2? While a definitive answer to that question may be up for debate, it is certainly worth taking an in-depth look at both devices.


There's no doubt that Xbox was ahead of the curve when it comes to "pro" controllers. Microsoft announced the launch of the Elite Series 2, the latest in its line of customizable controllers, back in 2019. Following PlayStation's unveiling of the DualSense Edge on Aug. 23, 2022, one fact became very clear: While both are advanced versions of their respective consoles' controllers, there are certainly a few key differences between the two.

The big differences

Both controllers' big claim to fame is their depth of customization. This includes giving users the ability to not only remap the controls on both devices but also the ability to replace entire components. The Xbox Elite Series 2 comes with six different thumbsticks, all of which are adjustable. The DualSense Edge takes things a step further by allowing users to fully replace the stick modules, according to PlayStation.Blog. While these modules will be sold separately, this option offers PS players a massive advantage and could solve the PS5's notorious controller drift issue. 


Though the ability to store multiple player profiles on the DualSense Edge is exciting, Sony has yet to announce how many customizable player profiles players will be able to keep on deck. On the Elite Series 2, players can store up to three.

Another similarity between the two devices is how their internal batteries charge. While the DualSense Edge requires a USB-C cable for charging, the Elite Series 2 comes with a wireless charging dock. To charge the Elite Series 2, all a player needs to do is place it in its case and then on the charging dock.

Pricing for DualSense Edge vs. Xbox Elite Series 2

Hardcore gamers, which there seem to be more of every single year, are always looking to gain a slight edge over the competition will need to take a hard look at both options before deciding which to go with. Having a control tailor-made to all of your specific needs and wants is a great way to gain that edge. But what about the pricing and value of the two controllers?


As the gaming industry continues to evolve, expect more "pro" controllers such as these to come down the pipeline. According to a 2020 article from VentureBeat, despite its high $180 price tag, the Xbox Elite Series 2 boasted one of the most successful sales for a gaming accessary only a few months after its release. Although a price has yet to be announced for the DualSense Edge, The Shortcut speculates the controller to cost between $179 and $249, with the most likely price being $199 after taking all of the features into account. 

Meanwhile, Xbox has responded to the announcement of the DualSense Edge by announcing the Xbox Elite Series 2 – Core controller, a budget option for gamers who want the Edge experience without some of the extra bells and whistles priced at $129.99. Obviously, this price beats out the projected DualSense Edge price, but players will have to decide if the customizability of the DualSense Edge makes up for that.


Apparently, the demand for customizable controls is as high as it's ever been. If you're hoping to keep up with the top gamers, you might want to consider buying a "pro" controller yourself.