The best PC controllers for gaming in 2022 – CNN
Lots of PC gamers swear by their mouse and keyboard, but some titles are just meant to be played using a controller. Slicing a skeleton in half in Dark Souls or drifting around in Forza Horizon feels much better on a gamepad, especially if you’re coming from the console world. And since gaming PCs work with a wide range of peripherals, you have the freedom to use controllers from Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo as well as a range of great third-party options.
But with so much choice, where do you even start? After testing nearly a dozen gamepads, we’ve picked out four standouts that cover everyone from casual gamers to aspiring esports pros.
Best PC controller overall
The Xbox Wireless Controller’s excellent ergonomics, build quality and near-universal compatibility make it the best controller for any kind of PC gaming.
Best PlayStation-style PC controller
The DualShock 4 is still one of the most comfortable controllers you can buy (particularly if you prefer a PlayStation-style layout), and its motion controls and touchpad can be utilized in some neat ways for PC games.
Best budget PC controller
The PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller feels nearly as good as the core Xbox pad for a fraction of the price, and packs useful programmable buttons that even pricier options lack.
Best premium wireless PC controller
With a sturdy, substantial design, lots of swappable components and a ton of software customization options, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is the best option for competitive gamers or those willing to pay for maximum comfort and durability.
- Connection options: Wired (via USB-C), wireless (via Bluetooth)
- Supported platforms: PC, Mac, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, iOS, Android
- Key features: Fully remappable buttons, dedicated Share button
The latest Xbox Wireless Controller improves on a pad that has long been considered the gold standard for PC gaming, thanks to its ergonomic feel and near-universal compatibility.
Due to some subtle but smart refinements to a design that’s been around for nearly a decade, the late 2020 version of Microsoft’s controller is the most comfortable of any we tested. It’s thinner and lighter than previous generations while still feeling satisfyingly sturdy, and the lightly textured handles and triggers add some extra grip without feeling abrasive.
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