You shouldn't bother with a PS5 Pro controller, the DualSense is just too good

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There’s a growing market for PS5 Pro controllers, not least Sony’s own DualSense Edge. You may consider picking up an advanced gamepad, tempted by customizable rear paddles, slip-resistant grips, and fancy color schemes. Well, I’ve reviewed several PS5 Pro controllers recently, and, in all my testing, I can’t shake the feeling that they can’t outclass the standard DualSense controller. 

The DualSense is a remarkable device, featuring haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, along with an ergonomically designed grip which makes it our pick for the best PS5 controller on the market. It makes the ‘need’ to dial up to a pro controller less pronounced than with other console generations. 

That hasn’t stopped brands such as Scuf and Razer from attempting to innovate on the established formula. Recently I looked at the two debut models for the PS5, the Scuf Reflex Pro, billed as “the first high-performance controller created for PS5” according to parent company Corsair, and the Razer Wolverine V2 Pro which was released earlier this month. 

Both controllers have redeeming qualities. The Scuf Reflex Pro is highly customizable, letting you create a unique color scheme for your gamepad. And, built on the foundation of the DualSense, it performed well. With the Razer Wolverine V2 Pro, you lose the DualSense’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers for a concentrated eSports experience, gaining features such as a microswitch D-pad, trigger locks, and remappable rear paddles. However, I found those new features didn’t make up for what you lost. Though that’s not the biggest problem holding these pro pads back: the price. 

Razer Wolverine V2 Pro and DualSense

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The Scuf Reflex Pro and the Razer Wolverine V2 Pro are too expensive for what you’re buying. The Scuf controller currently retails at $219.99 / £219.99 (roughly AU$315) and the Razer gamepad sells for $249.99 / £249.99 / AU$475.95. That’s over three times the price of Sony’s official controller. While I appreciate some of the extra features, can’t recommend them at price points that steep.

Sony itself has released its own PS5 Pro controller, the DualSense Edge, and rather than the definitive pad it could have been, like Microsoft’s own Xbox Elite Wireless controller Series 2, it doesn’t justify its existence. You get extra functionality on top of the standard DualSense experience – such as rear paddles, function buttons, and trigger stops – it doesn’t address the only real flaw of the standard DualSense: battery life. In fact, it's actually got worse

You’re also paying $199.99 / £209.99 / AU$339.95, for the DualSense Edge, which, while slightly better than the two third-party offerings, is still creeping up to half the price of the PS5 console itself. In our write-up, we said: “it’s a luxury purchase and still overpriced for the slight upgrades it offers”.

After viewing all these PS5 Pro controllers, I just keep coming back to the fact that I can recommend a single one of them over the standard DualSense. Until there’s a gamepad that is competitively priced, keeps all of the DualSense’s functionality, and adds something new to the controller, you’re better off sticking with Sony’s hardware.

DualSense vs DualSense Edge wireless controllers

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Who are PS5 pro controllers actually for?

PS5 Pro controllers aren’t for your everyday gamer. They cater to those in the competitive FPS and fighting game scene to keep inputs as low-latency as possible while also being lightweight. The fundamental flaw with the current market options is the high price tag. None of the models we’ve reviewed justify their cost. 

Why is the DualSense controller so good?

We love the DualSense for its features and feel in the hand. You’ve got adaptive triggers and haptic feedback which are supported by many of the best PS5 games. This means that there’s a level of immersion that you’re just not going to get anywhere else.  

Aleksha McLoughlin
Hardware Editor

Aleksha McLoughlin is the Hardware Editor for TechRadar Gaming and oversees all hardware coverage for the site. She looks after buying guides, writes hardware reviews, news, and features as well as manages the hardware team. Before joining TRG she was the Hardware Editor for sister publication GamesRadar+ and she has also been PC Guide's Hardware Specialist. She has also contributed hardware content to the likes of Trusted Reviews, The Metro, Expert Reviews, and Android Central. When she isn't working, you'll often find her in mosh pits at metal gigs and festivals or listening to whatever new black and death metal has debuted that week.