Questioning what the perfect controller for the PS4 is? Properly it simply so occurs that Sony made it, as a result of the basic controller that comes with the console is about as properly rounded as it could possibly get. The stability of high quality, value, and excellent compatibility with PlayStation video games is sufficient to make it the winner. However, that is to not say there aren’t different controllers which will show to be higher for you or that may stand out as a superior possibility in particular video games.
You may discover racing wheels can provide you a profoundly improved expertise in driving video games, and the identical will be stated of struggle sticks in lots of preventing video games. Some controllers’ distinctive shapes may enhance your expertise, as they might be a greater match to your palms, supplying you with long-term consolation that the usual controller may not supply.
And, in case you’re waiting for the PlayStation 5, you may take some consolation in understanding that present PS4 controllers will work with the brand new console. Nevertheless, Sony has confirmed that they will solely work with PlayStation 4 video games, so you will want new controllers to play PlayStation 5 games. That said, most PlayStation 4 controllers also make great options for PC gaming. So, if you’re still looking to pick up a new controller, these are the best you can get.
TL;DR – These are the Best PS4 Controllers:
1. Sony DualShock 4
Best PS4 Controller
Sony may have let Microsoft take the lead in the controller design contest for a little while, but when it introduced the DualShock 4, it had a winner on its hand. The DualShock 4 moved the controller’s design forward in a way Sony hadn’t really done with the PS2 or PS3 controllers. Though the DualShock 4 may now be superseded by the DualSense controller for the PS5, that doesn’t mean that his old stalwart doesn’t still have its place. Whether you’re still playing on a PS4 or playing backward-compatible games on the PS5, the DualShock 4 controller is up to the task.
It’s thick, rounded grips offer a favorable hold even for larger hands. The triggers on the DualShock 4 have plenty of surface area and offer just enough resistance without making your fingers get sore. Thanks to Bluetooth support, the DualShock 4 also works just as well as a phone controller without needing any extra accessories.
2. Nacon Revolution Pro 3
Best Third-Party PS4 Controller
The PlayStation 4 controller is great, but some of us just love the shape and feel of Microsoft’s Xbox controllers. If you want something a little more Xbox-like, the Nacon Revolution Pro 3 delivers it. It has that non-symmetrical placement of its thumbsticks. Of course, that wouldn’t be enough for it to get a recommendation.
The Nacon Revolution Pro 3 controller is also built for serious gaming. It has large triggers and shoulder buttons that you’ll easily be able to feel out, and it also includes four shortcut buttons on the bottom, so you’ll be able to keep your thumbs on the analog sticks while still triggering other face buttons. If you want one button assignment for a certain game and a different assignment for another game, you can also set up profiles. The controller also includes removable weights you can use to bulk up or trim down the controls hand-feel. And, unlike the DualShock 4, this controller features an easier-to-use and more reliable USB-C connector.
3. Horipad FPS Plus
Best Xbox-Style PS4 Controller
Sony has launched so many incredible exclusives for the PlayStation 4 that it’s hard to ignore. Unfortunately, the mirrored thumbstick of the DualShock controllers just might not be for everyone. If you’re more comfortable with the asymmetrical controls of the Xbox controllers, then the Horipad FPS Plus can help you get gaming on PS4 with a familiar feel for your hands.
The controller is fairly standard beyond the thumbstick layout, but it does still include a clickable trackpad to match the controls of the DualShock 4. And, if you need to, you can actually plug it into a PS3 and run it on that system as well. The Horipad FPS Plus does have a couple of special features to set it apart. You can remap some controls to your liking, and there’s a Turbo button. And, a special “Target” button on the rear of the controller lets you instantly lower the thumbstick sensitivity to help with the fine aim you might need in FPS games.
4. Hori Fighting Commander
Best PS4 Fighting Controller
The Hori Fighting Commander is a wired controller for those of you who specialize in 2D fighting games. It offers a wider design than the standard controller along with the necessary six-button layout. This puts your standard thumb buttons alongside R1 and R2 for some solid thumb mashing action, though you still get R1, R2, L1, and L2 on the shoulders as well.
Since the Hori Fighting Commander only has a D-Pad, it also includes a toggle so you can switch it to function as the left or right analog stick as well. And, thanks to a lengthy, 10-foot cable, you’ll be able to take this controller with you to tournaments.
5. Razer Panthera Evo Arcade Stick
Best PS4 Fight Stick
Fight pads and regular controllers are good for fighting games, but nothing quite beats a tried and true arcade fight stick. Firstly you can get a lot more precision out of a stick that’s meant to be maneuvered by your whole hand rather than just your thumb. Likewise, a fight stick puts all the buttons at your literal fingertips, so you never have to move your thumb from one action to the next.
The Razer Panthera Evo was our particular favorite fight stick for the PS4 simply because it was built from the ground up for the system. On the face of the arcade stick you get a PS4 touchpad that perfectly mirrors all the functionality of a traditional DualShock 4. Of course, it helps that Razer built one hell of a fight stick with a perfectly responsive lever and buttons.
6. Logitech G923
Best PS4 Racing Wheel
If you want to play a lot of racing games on your PS4, then you’re going to want a racing wheel. For the PS4, the Logitech G923 (read our review) is the one to get. At $400, it’s not cheap, but it’s not nearly as expensive as some of its competing racing wheels. For the price, you’re getting a strong wheel and a complete package with pedals.
The Logitech G923 can come geared up for the PS4 specifically (just make sure you don’t get the Xbox model that goes by the same name), so you’ll find all the controls you need to interface with your console. And, it’s compatible with the PlayStation 5 if you’re planning a future upgrade. The heart of the controls is the 10.24-inch wheel, which consists of a brushed metal with a leather wrap. The wheel offers a 900-degree rotation range to give you fine control over your steering. And, Logitech is using a new Trueforce technology which adds a vibration motor on top of the geared force feedback motor, so you’ll get a feel for not just the road but also the engine revving under the hood.
Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam
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