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Best PC controller 2018

Xbox One Elite Controller

Want to know what the best PC controller is? We’ve tested all the best current game pads to help you make the decision as to which top plug into your gaming PC.

You could argue you've already got the best PC controller plumbed into your machine when you've got a trusty keyboard and mouse. But, sometimes (and only sometimes) having a specific gaming controller to hand can be quite useful. Whether it’s a great wired or wireless pad, an official or third-party device, having a well-built, comfortable controller can really make the difference to your game. So it’s important you make the right choice.

Pads are great, but it’s also important to make sure you’ve got the best gaming mouse.

We’ve checked out the official Microsoft Xbox One and Elite pads, as well as the excellent Sony DualShock controller. But the likes of Scuf and Razer are still making decent alternatives if you’re looking to peacock with a funky design or just want a host of different buttons at your thumbs’ disposal.

But there are specific controllers for other game genres too. A flight or space-based sim really demands a quality flightstick, especially one with a separate throttle for those BSG Viper-esque, non-Newtonian dogfights. And if you’re a dedicated racer then a steering wheel, with good force-feedback, can shave valuable seconds off your in-game lap times. And may even save your life as I found out...

The best PC controllers are:

 

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Best PC controller - Xbox One Bluetooth

Microsoft Xbox Wireless Controller

Winner: Best PC controller

Connection - Wired/Wireless | Power: 2x AA | Buttons: 17 | Layout: Xbox

Approx. $47 / £42

The latest wireless Xbox One pad is sublime. For my money it’s the best PC controller you can buy right now. There may be a growing rank of PC gamers lining up behind Sony’s DualShock 4 as the go-to gamepad, but the ever-so-slightly redesigned Xbox One pad’s got it all.

The overall layout has barely changed from the very first Xbox One controllers, but considering how well conceived and solidly-built they were that’s no bad thing. The balance of the pad in the paw is excellent and curved grip’s comfortable and well machined. Where the new pad has been changed, however, shows Microsoft at their canny best.

The introduction of Bluetooth wireless support is arguably the biggest new thing. No more do you have to go and buy the ugly, awkward official wireless adapter when a standard Bluetooth adapter will do the job. That said, the new Microsoft Wireless Adapter is 66% smaller and a lot prettier... whenever that arrives. 

Initially there was an issue with input lag on the PC via the Bluetooth connection, but that seems to have been fixed. Certainly on my ancient USB Bluetooth dongle I experienced no noticeable difference between Bluetooth, wired USB and the MS wireless adapter.

Microsoft has also ditched the proprietary audio connection from the original controllers, allowing you to jam a standard 3.5mm headphone jack into your gamepad, and added a more textured coating to the back to deliver more grip to your sweat-slicked digits.

Then there’s the fact that, because Microsoft is both the Xbox and  Windows overlords, once you’re connected to your PC everything works seamlessly. With the Sony pad you need extra software and configurations to make like an erstwhile exterminator and eradicate the bugs. The battery life is impressive and because it uses AA batteries it’s easy to swap them in and out during a sesh, or plug in via USB to keep going while you get them recharged.

The Xbox One wireless controller is a beautifully, ergonomically designed piece of peripheral hardware and it’s tough to see how it’s going to be bettered. For now it’s absolutely the best PC controller out there.

 

Best PC controller runner-up - Sony DualShock 4

Sony DualShock 4

Runner-up: Best PC controller

Connection - Wired/Wireless | Power: Lith Ion | Buttons: 19 | Layout: PlayStation

Approx. $47 / £44

PC support for the PlayStation’s DualShock 4 pad is growing, both from gamers and from a technological point of view. Valve have updated Steam to allow full configuration of the DS4 in the same way you can mess with the (frankly rubbish, yes it is... yes it is) Steam controller. That doesn’t, however, mean all Steam games will support it equally though.

To get full support across your games you’ll likely need to use InputMapper to get it recognised as an Xbox pad, but that also allows you to use the trackpad as a mouse and turn off the battery-draining LED on the front.

I still prefer the Xbox pad’s offset layout, and those trigger buttons are horrible, but the actual analogue sticks themselves are hands down the best around. If only we could get an Xbox pad with the DS4’s sticks. Time to get modding…

 

Best PC controller runner-up - Nintendo Switch Pro

Nintendo Switch Pro

Runner-up: Best PC controller

Connection - Bluetooth/USB-C | Buttons: 18 | Layout: Xbox

Approx. $69 / £55

The Nintendo Switch Pro has been made specifically for the diminutive console, but has been given its own Steam profile and can be connected to your gaming PC with either a wireless Bluetooth connection or, if you want to get configured in Steam, via a USB-C cable.

And it's a quality pad too, feeling solid and reassuringly robust in the hand.  The Pro controller feels like a proper pad, made by a proper company with a gaming heritage. The thumbsticks feel good and the buttons satisfying. It’s also got an unprecedented 40-hour battery life via Bluetooth too.

Unfortunately it does suffer for being designed for the Switch because it lacks proper analogue triggers, something that's important for a growing number of games, and is absolutely vital in any arcade racer that isn't Mario Kart.

 

Best PC controller runner-up - Nvidia Shield Controller 2017

Nvidia Shield Controller (2017)

Runner-up: Best PC controller

Connection - Wired/Wireless | Power: Lith Ion | Buttons: 17 | Layout: PS/Xbox

Approx. $60 / £60

Okay, it’s not the most beautiful pad around, but it’s a massive improvement over the first, bloated Shield controller. It’s also impressively responsive over the Bluetooth wireless connection too, and integrates brilliantly with Steam’s Big Picture Mode (as does the generally superior DS4 pad).

It’s not as comfortable to hold as either the Sony or Microsoft offerings, but despite the odd, angular looks it doesn’t ever actually feel unpleasant. The bigger issue, though, is that at $60 (£60) it is a hell of a lot of money when the better controllers are significantly cheaper. 

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Best high-end PC controller - Xbox One Elite

Microsoft Xbox One Elite 

Winner: Best high-end PC controller

Connection - Wired/Wireless | Power: 2x AA | Buttons: 21 | Layout: Xbox

Approx. $188 / £119

I mean, yeah, spending this much on a joypad might seem pretty crazy, but the Elite is one seriously beautiful controller. Almost everything about it has been designed to just scream ‘QUALITY!’ in your face, like some peripheral Aphex Twin, Come to Daddy nightmare. 

When you lift it from its solid carry case cradle you can immediately feel the weight of technology in your hands. It’s heavy, but not so much that it becomes uncomfortable to hold over a long play session. It’s not just its general heft that makes it a pleasure to hold either, the non-slip coating has a smooth tactile feel, and the buttons and d-pad feel reassuringly solid too. 

I’m also in love with the triggers. The adjustable sensitivity is a neat touch, allowing you to set each individually as a hair-trigger, where the travel is reduced only to the initial actuation point, or you can leave the full analogue travel in place. When you’re switching between a shooter or a racer that can be incredibly useful. As can the extra four paddle switches on the reverse. The paddles are magnetically attached - meaning it’s easy to swap them out when you don’t need them - and can be configured to replace any of the other buttons on the controller. 

They’re not the only magnetic parts of the Elite either. There are two different d-pads and three sets of thumbsticks you can switch around in an instant. The magnetic attachment is seriously sticky and there’s never a feeling they’re too loose. 

Where I have a slight issue with the Elite is those thumbsticks. They’re still not as good as the DS4’s analogue sticks and, on a couple of samples I've tested, are even a touch more waggly than the more-rigid standard Xbox One pad. I would prefer they were stiffer, but that still never affects their responsiveness in-game.

It’s beautifully built, impressively responsive, and ultra versatile too. But I’m still not 100% sure that it’s worth that hefty a price premium over the standard Xbox One controller, which is why the Elite isn’t down as our absolute, must-have, best PC controller in this test. Money-being-no-object though, it would be the Elite every time, but it is such a lot of cash.

 

Best high-end PC controller runner-up - Scuf Impact

Scuf Gaming Impact

Runner-up: Best high-end PC controller

Connection: Wired/wireless | Power: Li-Ion | Buttons: 22 | Layout: PlayStation

Approx. £136

Scuf Gaming does a whole host of serious gaming controllers, in both Xbox One and Playstation 4 trim. That means it will connect either via the Microsoft wireless dongle or Bluetooth.

But you do also get a whole bunch of paddle switches on both the Impact and the Infinity 1 controllers. They’re solid, and require quite a bit of force to actuate, but that means you won’t end up hitting them by accident. And they also come in designer threads too. Shiny.

But they’re also the most expensive pads we’ve checked out so far. The Golden Dragon version especially - and you really are paying over $200 for the privilege of sweating over some fake dragon scales. The fancy colours and the paddles switches are the only things which mark these controllers out from the competition. But if you want to peacock with your pad, then Scuf will have you covered.

 

Best high-end PC controller runner-up - Razer Wolverine

Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition Chroma

Runner-up: Best high-end PC controller

Connection: Wired | Power: USB | Buttons: 20 | Layout: Xbox

Approx. $120 / £108

The Cult of Razer... from its Texas compound… has obviously taken one look at the Xbox One Elite controller and said, we can do better than that. It can’t. It's added in some extra microswitched buttons to the Wolverine, some adjustable hair-triggers, dropped in a pair of pseudo paddle switches on the underside of the pad and kept it otherwise very clean. Unlike the green-tinged Wildcat below...

But it’s still a wired controller, which costs around $120, and still only really feels on a par with Microsoft’s standard pad. There’s nothing really wrong with the Wolverine, but there’s equally very little that makes it stand out from the crowd. Well, apart from the RGB LEDs of course...

 

Best high-end PC controller - Razer Wildcat

Razer Wildcat

Runner-up: Best high-end PC controller

Connection - Wired | Power: USB | Buttons: 21 | Layout: Xbox

Approx. $98 / £100

The Wildcat is Razer’s previous response to the brilliant Xbox One Elite, but just falls short of the quality of the Microsoft pad. It has extra configurable buttons on the underside of the controller and around the detachable USB cable, with two profiles allowing you to switch and configure on-the-fly. It also has adjustable triggers, with variable travel and actuation points.

Razer has recently launched the new Wolverine Ultra as a more direct competitor to the high-priced Elite, costing $160 (£149) but we haven't yet had a chance to see how they've improved on either Microsoft's design or their own.

Where the last-gen Wildcat goes a little further than the Elite is in the additional audio controls which let you adjust voice comms and master volume from the pad when you’ve got a headset plumbed directly into it. Sadly, it’s a resolutely wired controller, which does negate some of the benefits of routing your headphones through your pad. I also think the ultra-low travel A,B,X,Y buttons are a little too quickfire - I found myself hesitating, unsure whether it had registered my click as there’s little tactile response.

And then there are the optional Razer green rubber grips, which you’re never, ever going to be able to fit properly no matter how grippy the bumpy ping-pong paddle rubber is.

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Best cheap PC controller - Easy SMX Wireless

Easy SMX Wireless

Winner: Best cheap PC controller

Connection - Wireless 2.4GHz | Power: 2x AA | Buttons: 17 | Layout: Xbox

Approx. $26 / £21

The Easy SMX Wireless is proof positive you don't have to spend a fortune to get a well-built PC gaming controller. Sure, it's losing some of the finesse of the other, more expensive pads, and is more aping the original Xbox 360 controller than the modern Xbox One version, but it's got a decent battery life and the wireless connection is solid.

It's also an absolute bargain, even if the triggers maybe don't feel quite as accomplised as you might want them to be. But it’s still a solid, reliable controller that doesn’t cost the earth, and you can’t really ask a lot more than that.

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Best PC flightstick - Thrustmaster Warthog

Thrustmaster Warthog

Winner: Best PC flightstick

HOTAS: Yes | Programmable buttons: 22 | Hats: 4x 8-way, 2x 4-way | Z-axis - No

Approx. $450 / £350

Thrustmaster’s Warthog flightstick is a replica of the controllers in the classic A-10 Tankbuster, seemingly hewn from the same military-grade materials, and probably only slightly cheaper than a second-hand plane. Yes, the Warthog is frighteningly expensive, but if you’re already looking to pick up a dedicated flight-sim joystick then you’ve probably got pretty niche tastes - and this is the best way to satisfy them.

The HOTAS acronym stands for 'hands-on throttle and stick' and means there’s discrete controls for each that ensure you never have to remove your hands from either during combat. Both throttle and stick are festooned with buttons, triggers, and hat-switches as well as the most satisfying flick-switches ever mounted on a PC peripheral. For the serious flight/space-sim aficionado those extra buttons will come in handy - the multi-positional switches almost seem purpose built for Elite: Dangerous

And I’ll give up my heavily upgraded Cobra Mk III if you can name me another, weightier controller (without checking out the Fanatec steering wheel below). The throttle alone weighs about the same as my car and you could easily kill a man with the stick.

But forget about the weight and the myriad buttons and switches - the action on the throttle and stick are almost worth the sticker price alone. The stick feels sublime, with just enough resistance to make tight docking manoeuvres easy and with enough travel to give you an edge in a dogfight. The split throttle is immensely satisfying to use too - it also has an impressively long travel, giving you both fine grain control over your speed and the ability to do the whole Maverick ‘feel the need for speed’ thing as you push it to the limit right in to the danger zone.

The Warthog has been around for a while now, but I’ve still seen no other flightstick come close to the feeling I get when using it. It’s a lot of money, but still manages to feel worth it when you’re hurtling through an asteroid belt, flipping on a pirate, and reducing their ship to tiny bits of melty scrap. That said, I’m still keen to see what Logitech does with the Saitek brand in the future, then we could see some real flightstick-y competition.

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Best PC steering wheel - Fanatec Clubsport

Fanatec Clubsport

Winner: Best PC steering wheel

Rotation: 900° | Pedals: 3 | Buttons: 17 | Adjustable pedals: Yes

Approx. $1,300 / £1,374

Sooo, yeah... the Fanatec Clubsport setup is the price of a powerful gaming PC, but it is also the stuff of gaming peripheral dreams. NSFW dreams. I mean, this is serious tech pr0n stuff right here, and it’s all down to just how beautifully designed, created, and finished the Clubsport kit is.

If you don’t go for one of the pre-configured bundles you’ll have to create your own, picking and choosing from a very long list of goodies. The main wheel base is the same across the board, but then you can fit different steering wheels, gearshifts, and pedals to the mix. And they’re all built out of solid lumps of metal and precision-engineered components. The tactile sensation you get from using them in-game is second to none. The wheelbase is called “a masterpiece of Germaneering,” on the Fanatec site and they even claim to have a registered trademark on their own little Teutonic portmanteau there, but I’ll forgive them that because the action on this thing is glorious.

It has a full 900° rotation, giving you a huge amount of travel between opposite locks and a super smooth transition between them. Well, depending on the force feedback that is. The Fanatec system has hands-down the best force feedback system I’ve ever used, even down to feedback from the pedals, too. Racing around in Project CARS I began to really understand my cars and the tracks I was hurtling around, even down to knowing exactly where the potholes were and the traction limits of my chosen tyres.

I would question why anyone at all would even consider plugging this stunning bit of hyper-expensive kit into an Xbox One, but for the well-off racing nut the Fanatec Clubsport system has me running out of superlatives. 

 

Best PC steering wheel runner-up - Thrustmaster T300RS

Thrustmaster T300RS

Runner-up: Best PC steering wheel

Rotation: 1080° | Pedals: 2 | Buttons: 15 | Adjustable pedals: Yes

Approx. $299 / £325

When it comes to the more realistically-priced racing wheels it’s a toss-up between Thrustmaster and Logitech. The T300RS isn’t Thrustmaster’s most expensive option, but it is still a fantastic wheel nonetheless. It might not have the faux-luxury, faux-leather of the G920 or G29 Logitech setups, but in terms of its force feedback Thrustmaster has just about got them pegged. I do prefer the pedals of Logitech, but it’s the racing feel you want from a good wheel and that’s why the T300RS crosses the finish line just ahead of them.

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Darkhog avatarjon_hill987 avatarmonkeyfritz avatarDave James avatarKillerspinach avatarQDP2 avatar+13
monkeyfritz Avatar
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1 Year ago

Where's the steam controller?

There is nothing else like it, love mine to death. Don't think i could go back to regular pad. Don't need a wheel, or a hotas to play racing or flight sims, either. Just setup the gyro and you're golden. The pads are 10x more accurate than a stick, and the pad/gyro combo can compete with mouse users with just a bit of practice.

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Darkhog Avatar
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1 Year ago

Yes, it's like the best PC Controller, period. Though it's a little pricey (but totally worth it if you have $$$ for it and it's susceptible to Steam Sales, so...)

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corrosivechains Avatar
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1 Year ago

I just picked up a steam controller during the summer sale and I absolutely love it. Honestly my biggest gripe with it has been the analog stick it has, which should have been either an 8 input dpad or more buttons.

I've noticed the biggest critics of the steam controller have been those plugging it in and expecting to play right off the bat. Once you actually learn how to use it you realize, much like how analog sticks were initially a "gimmick" until they became an industry standard, so to will the trackpads. They are capable of emulating so many inputs, sometimes better than those actual inputs(IE the analog sticks), and paired with the gyro motion controls and haptic feedback...you realize the negativity levied against this controller is from those who just need a standard configuration and a game to learn how to use it.

If you go back to when both single and dual analog hit the market, people had the same complaints about how awkward they were to use.

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Flappers Avatar
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1 Year ago

Had my Steam controller for around 6 months now, and I've used it maybe... 3 times?

Honestly, it's a purchase I regret making. There are only a handful of games that work well with the controller (mainly management type games... CIV, Xcom etc), for racing games a standard Xbox controller far outplays the steam controller, and for FPS games, well you have to go with KB&M if you actually want to play well.

The build quality feels flimsy, the 'haptic feedback' feels cheap and is just annoying.

What I do like are the back panels which can act as short of shift-keys. I hope other standard controllers in the future pick this up.

But the rest? No thank you. It feels like a cheap, 3rd party controller, but with a cost that is more than a standard console controller.

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Dave James Avatar
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1 Year ago

Absolutely agree!

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Dave James Avatar
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1 Year ago

Sorry fella, but I'm really not a fan of the Steam Controller.

Totally get that some people really dig it, but I personally wouldn't recommend it to anyone as the best PC pad.

For me a wheel for racing sims is almost as much about the feedback as it is about the sensitivity of the wheel itself. I don't think any pad could replicate that.

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Killerspinach Avatar
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1 Year ago

I disagree. I'd say 360 controller is still king. I know it's older but Xbone controllers break if you look at them funny. It's well noted that the design is defective and fails constantly and the warranty doesn't back it up at all as it only lasts 3 months. Even on the Elite version, only a 3 month warranty. I'd say go Dual Shock if you like the layout, I don't so for me it's 360 which is a much more durable controller than the xbone version.

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Dave James Avatar
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1 Year ago

I've had my original Xbox One wireless pad since the console first came out and it's taken a badgering yet still keeps on trucking.

Have to say I much prefer the triggers and the buttons on The Xbox One pad too. Don't get me wrong though, the excellent original 360 controller was my first joypad love ;)

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QDP2 Avatar
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1 Year ago

Xbox Elite Controller: Even with money-no-object, I personally wouldn't get the elite controller. In a standard grip setup, I've found that the flappy paddles are more obtrusive than efficient. They hang exactly where your 3rd and 4th fingers would rest on the back of the controller, only sticking out so your fingers no longer grip the controller level. Problem being that anyone used to holding a controller currently supports the weight of it with those fingers. The paddles actuation pressure is extremely low, so you cannot take weight on any of the paddles without pressing them all the time (and the distance for the paddle is milometers, tiny little clicks). This is good for fast-paced games like Call of Duty (where you want to keep your hand on the two analogue sticks and still be able to press ABXY) but everywhere else it becomes a problem. Putting down the remote on a non-flat surface (like a sofa) mid-session will result in the buttons being spammed. On top of that, holding it with 2 or more paddles on puts a lot of weight onto your pinky finger, making the controller tiring and ultimately uncomfortable to hold for any lengthy periods of time. When you remove the paddles, I found that I hold the controller higher than average (I used to game on a 360 controller with a keyboard, and that keyboard meant you cant wrap your fingers around the handle sides, and instead had to grip higher). That lead to my fingers always catching on the holes where the paddles could rest.

If MS had made the paddles in the same way that the Steam Controller have them, I would say it was worth every penny. I still game on my Steam controller (completed Dark Souls on that thing, looking forward to the DLC) and whilst the touch-pad was a random innovation, the clickable back-plates and easy button remapping make it by far my favourite controller on the market at the moment.

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Dave James Avatar
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1 Year ago

Yeah, totally see where you're coming from re. the paddles. You're right, they are far too easy to actuate when you don't mean to.

But with them removed I find it a really comfortable pad and the build quality excellent too. Been using mine for years and love the weight!

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Jac Atax Avatar
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1 Year ago

Before a year was up my elite had the rubber grips peeling off. The left paddle is now super loose and requires a very firm press to activate. Overall I've been very disappointed in the longevity of the controller and wouldn't get one again nor recommend it.

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Dave James Avatar
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1 Year ago

Weird. Maybe the first batch they manufactured were better built because I've had mine since launch and it's as good now as it was back then :(

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Droniac Avatar
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1 Year ago

I think it might be a good idea to add some more affordable options to the flightstick category. Yes, the Thrustmaster Warthog is the best-of-the-best, but it's also the priciest-of-the-pricey and vastly over-engineered if you're just looking to enjoy space sims and the occasional flight sim.

There are alternatives, like the new Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS HOTAS, that are far more affordable and plenty suitable for all-but-the-most-hardcore of flight sim enthusiasts. That HOTAS still packs a great hall effect joystick with an excellent throttle both with solid build quality at one third the price tag.

You might also want to add a fightstick category? They're much better for fighting games than gamepads, especially Xbox controllers. And there are lots of fighting games on PC again now.

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Dave James Avatar
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1 Year ago

Good shout on both the cheaper flight sticks and the fightsticks! We're always working to expand our group tests, and I'm still hoping Logitech do something worthwhile with the Saitek license on both counts.

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jadaar Avatar
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5 Months ago

I occasionally pay for a month of Playstation Now, when there is a game I want to play there that I cant get anywhere else. Invariably though, I always spend an inordinate amount of time pondering how much better the game would be if it had real controls and a PC game engine. It might have made riding that damn horse in Red Dead Redemption bearable or the shooter mechanics in The Last of Us playable. (Aiming with a F*cking joystick? Do people really do that?) I have 4 of the controllers listed above and aside from the Flightstick, they are all worthless. I'd ebay them, they're hardly used, but they've been wall-slammed too many times!

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Darkhog Avatar
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1 Year ago

I'm not worried about wireless lag. I'm worried about controller going dead in the middle of a hectic level and me losing because of it. As soon as they figure out wireless electricity (whatever way possible, but my bet is on converting radiowaves into electricity), I'll change it. But I won't risk getting dead batteries from too much play or because I forgot to charge the controller.

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jon_hill987 Avatar
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1 Year ago

Most games auto pause when the controller goes dead, though with Multiplayer you are SOL.

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Darkhog Avatar
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1 Year ago

Not on PC!

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RPGEndBoss Avatar
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1 Year ago

True. I had a wireless X360 pad, and on three PCs now, I have had constant issues with connectivity. It got so bad I just took my USB cord and hooked it up to an open port and now play it as a wired pad.

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jon_hill987 Avatar
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1 Year ago

Huh, I was pretty sure that xInput games did.

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Darkhog Avatar
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Darkhog replied to jon_hill987
1 Year ago

xInput is only an input method. Yes, the API can signal whether or not controller was disconnected (because "just dead" controllers are indistinguishable to the software from wired controllers that were just pulled from the usb port), but it's up to the developer to do anything with it and e.g. pause the game.

Also, you can't pause in multiplayer, so...

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Droniac Avatar
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1 Year ago

Dunno what happened there... disregard this :p

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Flappers Avatar
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1 Year ago

Xbox 360 controller for me.

With it's native integration into Window 10, you don't have to fuck around with drivers/ motionjoy or anything like that... and you don't even have to be running Steam to use it.

It's comfortable, ergonomic, wireless, relatively cheap and feels great. The batteries last a fairly long time as well.

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iNol iGunggung Avatar
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8 Months ago

I have x360 controller but I don't like it coz I find the concave surface of the sticks as inconvenient. Like the more I move the stick to the outer side and around, the less contact surface I get on my thumb. I can put rubber heads on the sticks but it made the sticks too tall, another inconvenience. I prefer my Logitech F310, the convex surface of the sticks is good ergonomics. It helps maintaining contact surface as I move the sticks to the outer side and around. Better grip on the sticks at any direction than concave surface.

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ClaudioScope Avatar
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8 Months ago

No best arcade fight stick?

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luckz Avatar
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7 Months ago

The writing on this article was really top-notch until you exposed yourself as uncultured in the way of the consoleros:

"Then Microsoft introduced the offset stick design for their pads"

That idea was obviously SEGA's (with one analog stick), whose Dreamcast pad the Xbox pads are 'heavily inspired by' (stealing the analog triggers), before the first Xbox and Nintendo's GameCube brought the same design with two sticks.

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Ceroes Avatar
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4 Months ago

Ps4 controller actually has more than 19 buttons if you count the touchpad which this article is only counting left touch and right touch. if not using it to control mouse movement as I use it for overwatch sprays or abilities in FFXIV, than you have the swipe up, left, right and down(total 4) also multitouch(pressing the left and right touch at the same time counts as a separate button) as well as upper touch(total 2), technically you could go farther and program tilts(additional 4) and all that but most people wont and it requires a steady hand... altogether that's a total of 25 buttons to program not including tilts which are harder to use but would make a total of 29.

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Darkedone02 Avatar
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4 Months ago

I perfer the PS4 controller over the xbox 360 and xbox one. Ps4 controller don't let me get the feeling that I'm getting Arthritis on my hands or suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome... It's getting universal support on alot of them, despite some programs still using the Xbox prompts and not alot of games support the PS symbols instead by built-in support.

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Ananym Avatar
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3 Months ago

Where's a controller I can play fighting games with that doesn't run £70?

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The DJ Avatar
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2 Months ago

Xbox one controller is literally the only actual controller I use because it's easy to setup :D

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