My fingers tense up after a few minutes of play, which leads to a few too many accidental back paddle presses and thumb cramps. A controller is a highly personal object, and your preferences may differ based on your hand size, gaming style, and operating system. Steam added native support for the DualShock 4 in late , so now it works well with any Steam game that supports a gamepad in the first place. Email to friends Share on Facebook – opens in a new window or tab Share on Twitter – opens in a new window or tab Share on Pinterest – opens in a new window or tab. There is a good chance that the best gaming experience can be achieved by sitting back on your sofa or chair, Linux computer connected to a big screen TV, console style. It’s a slightly surprising conclusion when the Xbox and Xbox One controllers are the industry’s accepted Windows controllers, and even contradicts a previous article I wrote in which I recommended the Xbox One controller over the DualShock 4. The left analog stick and the ABXY buttons are difficult to reach because they sit too far toward the center, the ABXY buttons are tiny and clustered too close together, the bumpers are difficult to press, and most buttons—the bumpers, triggers, back buttons, and touchpads—make a sad, echoing click throughout the cheap plastic controller.

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The Best PC Gaming Controller

Its buttons are comfortable, responsive, and clicky, and it has a Turbo feature to help with repetitive button mashing. The best thing about the Xbox controller is that it’s dead simple to use. Get the item you ordered or get your money back. We’ve tested the DualShock 4, Xbox controller, every official version of the Xbox One controller, and a few dedicated PC pads to pick our favorite. Console-style control for your PC games.


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I also found that the triggers offer too much resistance. Once installed, this software will help you to set button mappings and startup scripts that launch games with particular settings applied. Piranha wired controller for Playstation 3. Get an immediate offer.

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This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See other items Pirqnha Wirecutter senior staff writer Kevin Purdy was hesitant to buy a third-party controller but has been pleasantly surprised by the AmazonBasics gamepad after a few months of use.

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But it really all depends on how you like to play. Most wireless controllers connect to a PC using Bluetooth, just like a wireless keyboard or wireless headphones.

Make Offer – Loading The shoulder buttons are exceptionally loud and clicky, but probably not enough to bother most people. An item that has been used previously. The older Xbox controller is still great, but the DS4 is slightly better in a few areas, and the Xbox One controller can’t currently be used wirelessly on PC, which is a major flaw. The window that follows will contain two options: I also prefer its triggers and bumpers to the Xbox One’s.


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Read More is encouragement enough. So why is it listed here, instead of at the bottom with the rest of the controllers we tested? That said, the d-pad is nowhere near the quality of the DS4’s—it feels loose and I had trouble accurately maneuvering in Super Meat Boy. We respect your privacy. I chose Grid primarily to test the analog sticks, which according to my preferences need pkranha qualities: The DualShock 4 isn’t superior in every way to every one of these competitors, but it’s the superior all-around choice.

This used controller is in good working condition. It also provides support for Xbox style controllers from other manufacturers, and even PS3 controllers! The Best Tech Newsletter Anywhere. The DualShock 4 is my favorite controller, but the Xbox and Xbox One controllers are still excellent choices.

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