As a primarily console gamer, I fully understand that sometimes playing a PC game with a mouse and keyboard can feel intimidating. Heck, sometimes it’s not even about the difficulty – sometimes playing with a controller is just a more comfortable experience for the gaming genre. So having a gamepad controller handy can be nice. If you’re in the market for a good PC controller, you have several proprietary and third-party options available. The following picks are our picks for the 10 best PC controllers.
There is no hidden meaning behind the organization of this list. Each controller is listed in the order in which it was designed. Where it makes sense, we’ll mention when we think a controller might be better for a specific type of game. However, for the most part, the gamepads listed here can be used for all types of PC games, from competitive high-action shooter games to relaxing choice-driven adventures, and all the time. rest. We’re also looking at flight sticks, racing wheels, and other controllers designed for unique gaming situations.
If you’re looking for console controllers, be sure to check out our lists of the best PS5 controllers (we also have one for PS4), the best Xbox controllers, and the best Nintendo Switch controllers.
You can’t go wrong with the Xbox Wireless Controller, the official controller for the Xbox Series X | S (it’s also compatible with the Xbox One). The controller is comfortable and not too expensive. You don’t get any of the fancy bells and whistles with the Xbox Wireless Controller – no haptic feedback, neon lights, or extra palettes – but if you just want a controller for your PC gaming setup, this is a excellent choice. It’s basically the go-to option for people who want to play their PC games with a gamepad controller. And if you’re willing to shell out a bit more, you can get an Xbox Wireless Controller with a custom design. via Microsoft’s Design Lab.
If you’re a fan of the Xbox Wireless Controller but want a little more control, then the Xbox Elite Series 2 is great – thanks to the remappable paddles on the back, it’s a great controller for playing shooters, especially those heavily related to movement where you are likely to multitask, such as heal, shoot, and flee. Paddles are also useful for performing combos in fighting and sports games, as they alleviate the stress of stepping away from controllers to reach and press multiple face buttons or d-pad inputs simultaneously. A disease-protective carrying case – which doubles as a charging station – is also included with this controller, ideal for people who travel a lot and can play on their laptops.
The DualSense is the controller for the PlayStation 5, but it can also be used for PC. And it’s the perfect controller for those who plan to play PlayStation games on PC, especially PS5 console exclusives like Deathloop and Kena: Bridge of Spirits. Unfortunately, the PC versions of these games still don’t take advantage of the best features of the controller, like pressure-sensitive triggers and 3D audio. But if you’re going back and forth between PlayStation and PC (or just like the feel of a PlayStation controller on an Xbox One), then the DualSense is for you.
The Scuf Instinct Pro is pretty much a higher (but more expensive) third-party version of the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a cool carrying case that doubles as a charging station, but the Scuf Instinct Pro does. has a lot more customization options – it’s kind of like the Design Lab for the Xbox Wireless Controller, although you have even more options here. However, you will have to pay a price for these customizations. It’s a Dear controller, but you can make your dream PC game controller for that price. Additionally, the Scuf Instinct Pro can seamlessly switch between a console and a PC controller with the push of a button – flip a switch and the triggers adjust to resemble the feel of a mouse click. They will also make the same sound.
The Razer Wolverine V2 Chroma is a phenomenal controller but it suffers from the same flaw as its predecessor – it’s wired, so you can’t go wireless if you want to. But if you don’t mind having to deal with one more cord when gaming on your PC, the Razer Wolverine V2 Chroma is one of the best controllers on this list. It has the winning shape and button layout of the Xbox Wireless Controller, but the interchangeable d-pad and rear paddles of the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller. The Razer Wolverine V2 Chroma’s face buttons also click with the same resistance. and the same sound of clicking a mouse, which isn’t as good as the Scuf Instinct Pro’s triggers, but it still alleviates the weird feel of transferring between PC and console gaming.
The 8Bitdo Pro 2 is for those who play retro games or less-than-legal emulations of older console games on their PC (don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone). Its shape is reminiscent of the SNES controller, but with the added benefit of modern improvements, such as better grip, ergonomic design, DualShock / DualSense style dorsal paddles and analog sticks. The buttons on the 8Bitdo Pro 2 can be reconfigured to suit your ideal control scheme, which is ideal when moving from an old-fashioned platformer to a more modern metroidvania.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller is the best first-party option when it comes to controllers designed specifically for people with disabilities. Not only can every input on the Xbox Adaptive Controller be remapped and changed, the controller is even available in accessible boxing – you don’t need fine motor skills to open it and configure the controller. The Xbox Adaptive Controller is, as the name suggests, designed primarily for the Xbox One and Xbox Series family of consoles, but it works for virtually any gaming hardware, including PC.
The Logitech G923 is (for its price) the best racing wheel, including everything you need in the box to seamlessly connect to your PC and jump right into your arcade racing or simulation game. favorite race. That means you get a racing wheel, a wheelbase to mount the controller to your desk, and pedals. The steering wheel itself is comfortable while using its dual motor feedback to provide believable rebound when trying to maneuver a tight turn or rough terrain – it will fight you in a capacity similar to a steering wheel on a real car. The included pedals are also top notch.
If you are looking for the best flight poles, you are going to have to pay and that is evident with the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog. This controller is Dear, but you’re paying for high quality that’s built to last and a surprisingly high amount of input for maximum immersion. It should be noted that the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog’s joystick is quite heavy – similar to the Logitech G923, this controller fights against you to mimic the act of maneuvering a large vehicle. This flightstick also comes with a wide variety of inputs both on the joystick and on the base that comes with it – if you like flight simulators and space flight simulators this is what you want.
The Qanba Obsidian is a stylish fighting stick controller for those looking to improve their fighting game prowess on PS4 and PC. Equipped with a Sanwa Denshi joystick and push buttons – the globally recognized standard for Japanese fighting game tournaments – the Qanba Obsidian is a sleek third-party controller with official Sony support, so the controller is equipped with a button PlayStation which allows you to access and navigate the PlayStation menu or share photos on the PSN. If you’re looking for a fighting stick that lets you quickly navigate between PC and PlayStation – the two hardware ecosystems that dominate the fighting game scene – via a plug-and-play USB connection, then the Qanba Obsidian is what it’s for. you need. want to.