Updated December 29, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Game Controllers For PC

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in December of 2018. While many PC enthusiasts prefer to use a keyboard and mouse for most games, there are some fantastic titles that are much more suited to using a handheld controller. Sports, racing, and certain first-person shooters mesh very well with a gamepad, and there are plenty of options to choose from. No matter your hand size or skill set, one of these selections will allow you to play on. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best game controller for pc on Amazon.

10. AmazonBasics Xbox

9. 8BitDo SF30

8. SteelSeries Stratus XL

7. Mad Catz CTRLR Micro

6. Valve Steam

5. GameSir G3W

4. Sony DualShock 4

3. EasySMX Xbox 360

2. Microsoft Xbox

1. Razer Wolverine Ultimate

Editor's Notes

December 22, 2018:

It makes sense that the PS4 and Xbox One's OEM controllers are near the front of the pack, because console makers have far more experience with these devices than PC manufacturers do. The only issue with the otherwise excellent DualShock 4 is that you'll need to install a small 3rd-party application for Windows to recognize it properly. It's worth it, though. Keep an eye on the Astro, because it eyes to introduce a new level of high-end to the category. The Steam controller is a favorite, even among seasoned gamers, and it's surprising how good it is as a replacement for a keyboard/mouse combo. The GameSir is a good, cheap replacement, and the Mad Catz is a good one if you find yourself playing NBA 2K or Madden NFL on the road. If you're a lefty (and willing to shell out some dough), a modular option like the Razer will let you get your stick in the right place, finally. In fact, the Wolverine Ultimate was developed just for PC use, and it's an incredibly fine piece of equipment.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on December 29, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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