New PS5 and Xbox custom consoles will make you break the bank

A screenshot of the DualSense Edge shows how the sensitivity of the analog stick can be customized.

screenshot: Sony / Kotaku

In 2015, Microsoft Xbox Elite Series console revealedwhich is a premium game board for players who can re-sort their accounts Call of duty The kill/death rate is faster than their Social Security number. A whole generation of console later, and now Sony is getting into the game too DualSense Edge, an enhanced PlayStation 5 console that promises “high performance and customization” at the not-too-low price of $200. Coming in January 2023, Microsoft is responding with its latest, customizable Elite Series 2 so far.

“The DualSense Edge Wireless Controller features a range of hardware and software-based customization options, including button resets, the ability to adjust stick sensitivity and triggers, options to switch between multiple control profiles, and a unique user interface on the controller,” Sony details about PlayStation Blog Tuesday. There are back buttons and trigger-sensitive sliders, and everything from the analog stick pads to the face buttons can be swapped and programmed in case you’re a geek and want to put the square button on the left bumper or something.

However, none of this comes cheap. Today Sony also revealed that the DualSense Edge will be half the price of an all-digital PS5 when it ships on January 26 (in hindsight) God of War Ragnarok But just in time for dead space remake). Not too long ago, gamers were already swinging from the new $70 price point for the base model DualSense, especially after class action lawsuits for alleged flaws. Related to the drift joystick. Sony also recently raised the price of PS5s across most of the world.

It is not much more expensive than Microsoft Elite Series 2, which costs $180 if you want the complete set with all the extra custom parts. But despite helping create a market for expensive luxury gaming consoles, and may have felt an opening to undercut its longtime rival, Microsoft announced today that gamers can start designing a custom Elite Series 2 console color scheme for as little as $150 (or up to $150). $210 (if you want the full custom kit). Meanwhile, the DualSense Edge appears only in white.

Today, it was Elite Series 2 Added to the Microsoft Design Lab,which lets you mix and match buttons and lid colors. Getting the full set of add-ons still costs an extra $60, but the ability to pick and choose colors definitely makes paying double a standard Xbox console more attractive. While no one has used the DualSense Edge yet, the Elite Series 2 is a known quantity well worth the price for anyone who has particular console preferences, wants to play competitively, or has nothing better to drop by $100.

It’s another frontier that both Sony and Microsoft can compete on Barbed trade legal filings in the UK and other countries On the latter’s $69 billion deal to buy Activision Blizzard. At least in this area, the results have been positive, finally allowing PS5 owners to get the same console flexibility as their PC and Xbox counterparts. Perhaps Nintendo will finally be releasing its pair of luxurious $200 Joy-Con that lasts more than a year before plagued by drift.

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