How To Choose The Right Game Controller For Your PC4

How To Choose The Right Game Controller For Your PC

20/07/2021 Off By killiadmin

You can’t play video games without a good control system. Maybe you want a keyboard and mouse for your shooters and strategy titles. Maybe you don’t mind using a touch screen for smartphone puzzles. Most games, though, play best with some form of dedicated controller. That’s why every major game console comes with a gamepad or two, and why they all can be connected to your PC with some tinkering.

If you mostly want to play games on your PC, for the very good reason that it has the largest library of titles spanning the widest range of ages, audiences, genres, prices, and hardware requirements, you should probably invest in some form of controller. There’s nothing wrong with playing Fortnite or Overwatch with your current mouse and keyboard, but almost every other game you pick up from Blizzard, GOG.com, Humble Bundle, or Steam will feel much better with dual analog sticks under your thumbs.

 

 

Using Console Controllers With Your PC.

If you have a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, or splurged on a Switch Pro Controller for your Nintendo Switch, you already have a gamepad you can use with your PC. These controllers all have the benefit of rock-solid build quality and reliable PC compatibility (with some software or adapters required for the Nintendo and Sony gamepads). If you don’t already have one, though, they’re a bit pricey at $ 60 to $ 70 each.

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

 

 

Third-Party PC Gamepads.

If you want to break out of the $ 60 to $ 70 range of controllers, third-party gamepads offer much more choice. There are wired and wireless options that range from $ 20 to over $ 200, depending on design, features, and customization options. And, of course, build quality; less expensive gamepads from third-party manufacturers can be hit-or-miss in terms of how sturdy they feel and how well they play, which is why we recommend looking at our reviews and being very wary of inexpensive and unfamiliar gamepads that seem too good to be true.

Retro PC Gamepads.

Most modern controllers have 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, and 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.

 

 

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 like they will on the Xbox One. Custom DualShock 4 controllers can also work on your Windows 10 PCs with either a USB adapter or a tool like DS4Windows, but any extra electronic mods in them are more uncertain. Scuf’s Vantage is best considered part of the modded DualShock 4 family, but it’s unique among this category of controllers; it’s a licensed, completely manufactured controller Scuf produced working with Sony, rather than a heavy aftermarket modification made to a stock DualShock 4.

These gamepads are often the most feature-filled, striking, and customizable, but they’re also the most expensive. 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, the Xbox Design Lab lets you make your own first-party Xbox Wireless Controller with your favorite colors and finishes for a fraction of the price.