Sony & HyperX Try New Gaming Peripherals

Gamescom 2022 has been a busy week on the gaming peripherals front. PlayStation announced its long-expected first premium controller, the DualSense Edge, and HyperX released its first monitors, the Armada 25 & 27.

Bells & Whistles
The DualSense Edge is PlayStation’s belated answer to the many “Pro” controller options available to more competitive-minded gamers. Rivals include Xbox’s Elite controllers and third-party gamepads from boutique companies like Scuf.

  • Customizable controls & dead zones
  • Adjustable triggers
  • Swappable analog stick caps & back buttons
What’s the Price?
Sony didn’t reveal an official price, but in the neighborhood of $199 would make sense. PlayStation is offering replacement stick modules, suggesting the Edge is meant to be a repairable, long-term investment.
  • The similar Xbox Elite Series 2 is $179
  • The base DualSense is $69, while the slightly less capable base Xbox controller is $59
Is It for Console or PC?
Sony is hyping up its first pro controller as a PS5 product, but PlayStation has increasingly been investing in PC gaming, with more first-party ports and a new PC-focused Inzone brand.
  • A heavy marketing push tied to esports is almost guaranteed
  • Does this eliminate the possibility for an Inzone gamepad, or would Sony repurpose the Edge under that imprint?

Source: HyperX

Setting Sail
HyperX is the latest company this year to try its hand at gaming monitors, this time with included mounting arms.

  • Armada 25 ($449): 24.5-inch, 1920x1080 with 240 Hz refresh rate
  • Armada 27 ($499): 27-inch, 2560x1440 with 165Hz refresh rate
  • Gaming Mount ($109): VESA-compatible, up to 32-inch monitors and 20lbs
Will It Stand Out?
Early reviews suggest these monitors are perfectly capable, and the included mounting arm is a nifty touch. But the sticker shock of a small monitor (with no speakers and limited ports) that costs more than a new console, plus the limited demand for 240Hz refresh rates, could make the Armada’s voyage a stormy one. HyperX also curiously excluded a simple headset mount despite its strong gaming peripherals lineup of headsets.
Featured image courtesy of PlayStation