PlayStation reveals new VR headset details, customisable DualSense Edge controller

Sony's new DualSense Edge wireless controller
The new controller is the PS5's answer to rival Xbox's Elite controller. Photo credit: Supplied / Sony

It's been a big couple of days in PlayStation world with announcements about the gaming platform's new VR headset as well as a new customisable controller intended to rival Xbox's Elite.

On Tuesday (NZ time), PlayStation media accounts around the world revealed PSVR2 - the PS5's virtual reality headset - is "coming early 2023", the first time the company has publicly commented on its release date.

Less than 24 hours later, Hideaki Nishino, senior vice president, platform experience, revealed in a blog post that it will release a new DualSense Edge wireless controller for its newest console.

Nishino said the Edge was the first high-performance, ultra-customisable controller developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

"Designed to give you an edge in gameplay by allowing you to create custom controls, the DualSense Edge wireless controller invites you to craft your own unique gaming experience tailored to your playstyle," he wrote.

The new controller contains both hardware and software customisation options so users can create a completely personalised experience, which can then be saved to unique profiles depending on the type of game being played.

According to the blog, specific button inputs can be remapped or deactivated, while stick sensitivity and dead zones (the distance your analogue stick moves before it’s recognised in a game) can also be adjusted.

"In addition, each trigger is adjustable with options to tailor travel distance and dead zones to your preference," it continued.

"For example, you can manually reduce travel distance of the triggers for faster inputs in competitive FPS games or reduce the dead zone for precise throttle control in racing games."

The new controller will also feature a dedicated Fn button which allows players to adjust their setup on the fly, swapping quickly between pre-set control profiles, adjusting volume and chat balance and more.

Each stick module will also be fully replaceable to ensure the controllers last longer, with swappable stick caps (standard, high dome and low dome) available to help with grip and stability.

Two swappable sets of back buttons (half-dome and lever) can be configured to replace any other button input too.

Not surprisingly, it also retains the features of the normal DualSense controller, including haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, built-in microphone, motion controls and more.

"The opportunity to create the DualSense Edge wireless controller was a dream come true for our team," Daisuke Kurihara, art director, said.

"We wanted to build on the legacy of iconic PlayStation controllers by creating a controller that empowers players to experiment and personalise elements based on their own unique playstyle - whether they are a competitive gamer or someone who just enjoys having more options to customise their play.

"We are thankful to the many gamers, professional esports players, and developers who helped provide feedback on the controller’s design."

Launch timing has yet to be confirmed for the release of the DualSense Edge, with Playstation promising more information "in the months ahead".