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Different gamepads và other controllers can appeal lớn different types of gamers, depending on your budget, taste, and platform of choice. Whether you use a Nintenbởi Switch, PS4, Xbox One, or even a PC, here's how to lớn piông chồng the right controller for you.

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Xbox Wireless Controller

The Xbox Wireless Controller isimmediately compatible with any Windows 10 PCas a wired controller; just plug it into lớn a USB port and you can start playing with it. If your controller came from anXbox One SorXbox One X, or is simply a later-mã sản phẩm Xbox controller (the panel around the Guide button will be matte plastic và not glossy), it can pair wirelessly with your computer over Bluetooth. If you want khổng lồ use more than one Xbox gamepad, or if you have an earlier Xbox Wireless Controller without Bluetooth không dây, you can use the $25Xbox Wireless Adapterkhổng lồ connect up lớn eight gamepads to your PC at once without dealing with Công nghệ Bluetooth pairing. If you want to lớn splurge, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is one of our favorite wireless gamepads, though it"s also a very hefty $180.

The PS4"s gamepad, the DualShoông xã 4, can alsowork with your PCthrough a USB or Công nghệ Bluetooth connection. It"s slightly more complicated to get to work, however. Sony offered a DualShock 4 USB adapter for PCs for a short time, but it"s difficult to lớn find for less than $75 now. If you want to lớn play mostly Steam games, Steam offers a PlayStation Configuration Support option in controller settings that should get it to lớn work lượt thích an Xbox gamepad. Otherwise, you need to lớn install a program calledDS4Windows, không lấy phí third-buổi tiệc nhỏ software that tricks your PC inkhổng lồ thinking the DualShoông chồng 4 is a much more common (for PCs) Xbox controller. It"s a powerful tool if you can"t track down the adapter. Alternately, 8Bitdo"s Wireless USB Adapter can serve sầu the same function, and works with other wireless controllers besides the DualShock 4.

The Nintendo Switch"s Joy-Cons can also connect to your PC with even more wrestling. But while they"re great on the Switch, they don"t feel quite as solid or have nearly as comfortable directional controls as the Xbox Wireless Controller or DualShoông xã 4. Instead, on the Nintendo side of things we recommend the Switch Pro Controller. It"s a powerful and sturdy conventional gamepad that canwork with your PCwithout much effort, thanks lớn the Switch Pro Configuration Support option in Steam"s controller settings thực đơn (it"s two options below PlayStation Configuration Support). For non-Steam games,WiinUPro & WiinUSoftwill let you use your Switch Pro Controller, as will the 8Bitbởi Wireless USB Adapter.

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8Bitvì chưng SN30 Pro

Third-Party PC Gamepads

If you want to break out of the $60 to $70 range of controllers, third-các buổi tiệc nhỏ gamepads offer much more choice. There are wired & wireless options that range from $trăng tròn lớn over $200, depending on kiến thiết, features, and customization options. And, of course, build quality; less expensive gamepads from third-tiệc ngọt manufacturers can be hit-or-miss in terms of how sturdy they feel và how well they play, which is why we recommend looking at our review và being very wary of inexpensive sầu and unfamiliar gamepads that seem too good to lớn be true.

Just like the Xbox Wireless Controller itself, any third-tiệc nhỏ gamepad designed to lớn work with the Xbox One will also work with a Windows 10 PC. That includes thePowerA Enhanced Wired Controller, a $30 gamepad that feels remarkably similar lớn the Xbox Wireless Controller, just with a USB connection and no wireless option. It still has rumble, and adds two programmable buttons on the back you can set to act like any face button, trigger, direction pad press, or analog stick cliông chồng.

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PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller

For wireless gamepads, 8Bitbởi offers several options, và none of them require the company"s USB adapter. Every Bluetooth 8Bitvì controller supports a variety of input đầu vào modes that let it work with PCs as XInput devices, smartphones và tablets as DirectInput devices, Macs, and even the Nintenbởi Switch. Our favorite is theSN30 Pro, a gamepad that looks và feels lượt thích a Super NES controller, with the addition of dual analog sticks, four triggers, vibration, and motion sensing. The more compactN30 Pro 2also has all of those features in a tinier and slightly less expensive package.

TheAstro Gaming C40 TR Controller, meanwhile, is our new high-over favorite. This $200 gamepad is expensive sầu, but its customization options are unparalleled. You can"t choose different paint jobs, but the controller"s swappable direction modules & customization software let you tweak nearly every aspect of how it feels. You can switch the analog sticks và direction pad between PlayStation parallel & Xbox offmix styles, remape every digital đầu vào including two additional triggers on the back, và even adjust sensitivity curves for the analog sticks và L2/R2 triggers.

Retro PC Gamepads

Most modern controllers have sầu a standard configuration: four face buttons, four triggers, dual analog sticks. Some of the best game consoles made it work with a fraction of those controls. Analog sticks didn"t become popular until 3D gaming in the mid-"90s, & even shoulder buttons didn"t show up until the Super NES. If you want to play classic games from that era and before, you might want a classic controller without any unnecessary features.

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Retro-Bit Sega Gamepads

8Bitbởi and Retro-Bit both make multiple lines of retro gamepads that eschew analog sticks và other ephemera in favor of more faithfully reproducing the feel of those classic game systems. Retro-Bit focuses on wired reproduction controllers, often offering two different versions of classic gamepads: a USB version that can work with PCs, and a console version designed khổng lồ work with the original game systems. Retro-Bit most recently released itsSega collaboration gamepads, which so authentically recreate the Genesis & Saturn gamepads they have sầu Sega"s blessing & branding.

8Bitdo specializes in wireless công nghệ Bluetooth không dây controllers lượt thích the SNES-like SN30 (a simpler version of the SN30 Pro with no analog sticks and only two triggers) & the Sega Genesis-likeM30. The company also sellsdo-it-yourself modification kitsthat let you take the wired controllers of the NES, SNES, NES Classic, & SNES Classic and replace the internals with a Bluetooth-capable board so you can use them with your computer (or Nintenvày Switch).

Custom PC Controllers

If you really want khổng lồ splurge, you can get enthusiast-cấp độ gamepads from companies likeScuf,Evil Controllers, andController Chaos. These companies generally modify first-tiệc nhỏ Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gamepads, overhauling them inside and out with custom designs, new buttons, & a variety of electronic tricks to lớn get an edge in games like hotline of Duty & Fortnite by providing specific inputs that take advantage of certain mechanics.

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Evil Controllers

These companies let you build your ikhuyễn mãi giảm giá gamepad from the ground up. Different colors, patterns, và finishes are available, with additional options like whether the analog sticks are concave sầu or convex (often with removable options with different lengths), extended triggers, & even faux bullet face buttons. Rear paddle buttons are also common on these gamepads, providing two or four additional, programmable inputs for your fingers that rest on the grip.

Custom Xbox One gamepads can work directly with any Windows 10 PC, though the different internal "trick" mods you can get might not function with PC games lượt thích they will on the Xbox One. Custom DualShoông chồng 4 controllers can also work on your Windows 10 PCs with either a USB adapter or a tool lượt thích DS4Windows, but any extra electronic mods in them are more uncertain. Scuf"s Vantage is best considered part of the modded DualShoông chồng 4 family, but it"s quality aý muốn this category of controllers; it"s a licensed, completely manufactured controller Scuf produced working with Sony, rather than a heavy aftermarket modification made lớn a stock DualShochồng 4.

These gamepads are often the most feature-filled, striking, and customizable, but they"re also the most expensive sầu. They start at three digits, with fully overhauled controllers easily costing over $200. If you want custom colors but don"t need the rear paddles or extra features, theXbox Design Lablets you make your own first-buổi tiệc ngọt Xbox Wireless Controller with your favorite colors và finishes for a fraction of the price.

PC Arcade/Fight Sticks

Arcade sticks, or fight sticks, are controllers that emulate classic arcade cabinet controls. They usually feature a single eight-direction joystick và a series of big buttons, mounted on a very large, flat base you can phối on a table or your lap. They"re considered vital tools for serious players of fighting games lượt thích Street Fighter V and Dragonball FighterZ. They also work very well for classic arcade games, plenty of which are available individually or in compilations on every game system.

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Qancha Arcade Stick

Hori is one of the most beloved brands, with sticks for all three major game systems (all of which will work with PCs through USB). Serious arcade sticks likeHori"s Real Arcade Proseries are known for using the same sticks and buttons as Japanese arcade cabinets, which helps justify their steep prices of $150 and above sầu. If you want an arcade-style experience but don"t need quite the same serious build unique,8Bitdo"s NES30 Arcade Sticktrades enthusiast-cấp độ responsiveness & sturdy arcade parts for wireless connectivity & a much smaller price.

If you want crisp directional controls and lots of face buttons but lượt thích khổng lồ hold your controller in your hvà still, you can get a FightPad like the Hori Fighting Commander or the Razer Raion FightPad. These are gamepads that strip away features fighting game enthusiasts don"t need, like analog sticks, and instead offer excellent direction pads và three-by-two face button layouts.

Enthusiast Controllers: PC Racing Wheels và Flight Joysticks

If you"re a bạn of driving simulators or flight simulators, you might want to lớn invest in some simulator-worthy equipment. Racing wheels are steering wheel controllers that let you drive cars in racing games by realistically turning a wheel instead of tilting a stiông chồng. Similarly, flight joysticks (not lớn be confused with the analog sticks on gamepads or the digital sticks on arcade sticks) let you fly planes with a realistic full-hvà grip khổng lồ control your pitch, roll, & yaw. These seem lượt thích very different types of controllers, và they are. But they giới thiệu three important common factors: They"re designed for very specific games & genres, they often consist of multiple, modular components, and they can be expensive.

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Flight Controller

Thrustmaster is one of the biggest racing wheel and flight controller manufacturers; Thrustmaster"s very name invokes the force that lets a plane take flight. The company offers several different flight sticks & racing wheels, along with accessories lượt thích pedals, throttles, shifters, control panels, & even separate heads-up displays that provide additional information about your oto or plane"s systems outside of your monitors. These setups can get pricey, with wheels & sticks starting at $100 và easily reaching several times that much with accessories.

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Racing Wheel

Logitech also offers a racing wheel and flight sets, lượt thích the $400 G9trăng tròn wheel/pedals with optional $60 Driving Force Shifter shifting knob, $150 to $250 H.O.T.A.S. joystick/throttle combinations, và the modular Flight Yoke System ($170 for the yoke, with four separate instrument panels, a rudder pedal, và a throttle available for $60 to $170 each). Because these controllers are so specific và modular, we haven"t reviewed any racing wheels or flight control systems recently.

Of Course, You Can Still Use a Mouse and Keyboard

If you stichồng to lớn shooters, strategy games, MOBAs, & MMOs on your PC, take a look at our bestgaming keyboardsandgaming mice.

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And if you prefer lớn play on game consoles rather than PCs, check out our comparison of the Nintenbởi Switch, PlayStation 4, và Xbox One, as well as thebest alternative sầu console controllers.