With the gaming industry being on the rise for years now, every gamer needs a good, modern controller that would allow them to experience the modern games the way they were meant to be played and experienced. This also includes PC gamers who have gotten used to playing on a controller or wish to try it out. With that in mind, we wish to present you with the best controllers for PC in 2019, with hopes that you might like and consider some of these models.
1. Logitech F310
Our top choice for this list has to be Logitech F310 Gamepad, which is not that surprising. After all, Logitech has been the industry leader when it comes to PC hardware for quite a long time, and there is no reason why the quality of their products would decrease.
The company has always delivered products with excellent performance, modern, sleek design, and all of that at more than reasonable price. All of this makes it a go-to firm for any PC user, and that includes PC gamers.
Now, this is not the first or the only controller that Logitech has come up with, but it might as well be our favorite, or at least one of our favorites when it comes to this company. It is very affordable, and it reminds us of a mix between a Dualshock 4 and Xbox controller. All 10 of its buttons are fully customizable so that you can set them up any way you see fit. This is great for gamers who like their own playstyle, and do not prefer to adapt to different commands whenever they change the game.
Not only that, but it is also quite easy to save profiles/control schemes. All in all, it is a great choice that does pretty much everything right, and it will cost you less than pretty much any other good quality solution out there. The only possible drawback is that it lacks vibration feedback, so if you were looking forward to it, that’s the bad news. Other than that, it is easily our top pick.
2. Steam Controller
Another of our favorite solutions is a very modern-looking Steam controller. This is a great-quality controller that offers numerous handy features, and it works perfectly with Steam. It works well with any PC OS, including Mac, Windows, Linux, and alike. Furthermore, it also offers wired and wireless connectivity, which makes it very adaptable and suitable for pretty much any room.
The controller is quite ergonomically built, and you can easily customize it in any way you want with gyroscope, dual-trackpads, back-grip buttons, accelerometer, dual-stage triggers, rather haptic feedback, and more. Simply put, this controller offers quite an exceptional experience, and you should definitely give it a chance.
Steam Controller is especially useful if you like games such as strategies, and others that make you depend on the use of mouse and keyboard. The controller replaces these two devices completely, and it does it in a very efficient way.
Another thing to keep in mind, though, is that the situation changes when it comes to action games. The issue lies in its trackpads, which can be a bit unprecise, which can be quite unfortunate when you need precision and accuracy. In addition, face buttons are a bit too hard to reach for our liking, making the process of playing action games tricky and not as smooth as we would have liked.
Apart from that, this is a pretty decent controller for PC gaming, with a good set of features, and excellent customization potential. The price is significantly higher than our first entry, but we still consider it to be fair. In other words, this controller may be better at one type of game but not as good at another, but we leave the final decision to you.
3. MICROSOFT XBOX ONE WIRELESS CONTROLLER
Next, we have a solution that is located somewhere in the middle, between our first and second entry, at least when it comes to the price. We are talking about the latest wireless Xbox One pad, made by Microsoft. In other words, you can already tell that it comes at a very affordable price, and it might easily be one of the best PC controllers on the market.
This is a slightly redesigned Xbox One pad, which pretty much offers everything you could ever need to have a top gaming experience, with its overall layout being barely different from the original Xbox One controllers. However, we do not see it as a bad thing. After all, the original was quite solidly-built and well-conceived, and there is no need to fix something that doesn’t need fixing.
However, the new controller comes with a better balance of the pad’s paw, and it is truly superb right now. The controller is also very comfortable to hold thanks to a curved grip, which makes it quite enjoyable to use. The design is beautiful and modern, with peripheral hardware, but it also comes with sturdiness and toughness, which makes it even better than it used to be. We said it already, but this really is one of the best PC controllers in the market right now.
4. Razer Wolverine Ultimate
Next, we have a solution that many might consider expensive, but the performance it provides you with easily makes it worth the elevated price. We are talking about Razer Wolverine Ultimate, which is one of the controllers that are the most deserving of having a place on a list such as this. It only has a single flaw that we can criticize, and that is the fact that it can’t connect to your PC wirelessly.
The gamepad was made in a similar style as Xbox gamepads, and it offers the same luxury features as the Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller mentioned before. This includes things such as a swappable D-pad, customizable back paddles, and alike.
Another thing to keep in mind is that this is where most of the similarities end, and that Wolverine Ultimate has numerous unique features that make it worth the price. One thing to mention is its face buttons, meaning the ones that are labeled A, B, X, and Y, which serve as mouse clicks.
At first, you might think it a minor detail, but it makes all the difference for those who are trying to switch from mouse and keyboard to a gamepad. So, while it does depend on a 10-foot cable — it will make things much easier for a PC gamer that is trying to get used to a controller, which makes the cable necessity quite bearable.
All in all, we like Razer’s solution quite a lot, and we hope that you will, too. There is definitely quite a lot to like, and its only two downsides are a higher price and the fact that it still depends on a cable. But, as a PC gamer, you may not find that particularly problematic, and it is definitely something that you can get used to, especially with all of the other features being there to incentivize you.
5. SteelSeries Stratus Bluetooth Gaming Controller
Next on our list, we have SteelSeries Stratus Bluetooth Gaming Controller, which is a beautiful, sleek gamepad that works excellent not only on PC but mobile as well. This alone makes it stand out from the many others, and not to mention that it comes at a pretty reasonable price, at that.
It is a very clean controller, that works great with Microsoft’s DirectX tech, meaning that it will work great with all of your controller-enabled games.
The controller’s design is very ergonomic and comfortable, and the build itself is quite durable and highly-reliable. Best of all — you get an amazing 40 hours of battery life, even if you use it non-stop, meaning that you won’t have to interrupt your gaming sessions for charging. Simply play for as long as you wish, and then charge it overnight.
Furthermore, the D-pad and two analog sticks will ensure that you have a classic, top-quality gaming experience, while the controller itself has an iconic shape, which makes it easy to use and comfortable to hold. It is an excellent choice with not much to criticize, and no real downsides to it, at all.
6. PLAYSTATION DUALSHOCK 4
Then, there is the solution that a lot of PS players are going to recommend — DualShock 4, which has been the ultimate solution for PlayStation. However, since it also works great for PC, we find it just as worthy of this list, as well. With this gamepad, you are guaranteed to have an amazing experience, and your use of the controller will be fully intuitive and perfectly comfortable.
The controller has a high-quality build, which is something that should be expected of a top solution for PS. Its sticks are very accurate, while the D-pad is highly-responsive. Not to mention the fact that it comes with lots of additional features, which makes it a great option for long hours of gaming.
Now, we mentioned that it also works with PC, meaning that you can use it on Windows or Mac alike. Also, it is supported by Steam, which is a great thing, especially since Sony’s controllers have been known for issues when it comes to compatibility with other platforms. DualShock 4 changed that, and you can now order it without having to worry about whether or not it will work with your computer.
You will also get pretty great connectivity due to BT 2.1. Mot to mention that it has a great selection of ports, including extension port, Micro USB, as well as 3.5mm jack. Of course, those are not decisive factors, but they do come as extras for which we are very grateful.
Finally, this gamepad also offers a touchpad, an integrated light bar, and built-in speakers, on top of everything else. Everything functions perfectly, which guarantees the best performance. So, even if this gamepad is not the first on the list, it is likely the best that the market currently has to offer, and you are unlikely to make a mistake if you choose to buy this one.
7. NINTENDO SWITCH PRO CONTROLLER
Then, there is the Nintendo Switch Pro controller, which features a beautiful and quite interesting, unique design. Not to mention that it is more than happy to hook up with any PC. This has been the case ever since it was given its own Steam profile and the fact that it was made as a console solution no longer matters.
You can easily connect it to your computer via Bluetooth, or via USB-C cable, if you want to get configured in Steam.
The gamepad is an extremely high-quality solution, with a solid feel to it. Not only that, but it feels quite robust when held in hand, which gives you a reassuring feeling, and ensures you that you are holding a masterpiece device that will make your gaming an excellent and valuable experience.
The thumbsticks are very comfortable, easy to use, and feel very good, while pressing the buttons is quite satisfying, as well. The battery will last you for 40 hours, even if you use it via Bluetooth, which is also excellent news for any gamer that enjoys hours upon hours of gaming.
The model has only one downside, which is the fact that it was designed for the Switch. In other words, it doesn’t have proper analog triggers, which might be important for quite a few games these days, especially when it comes to arcade racers.
8. GameSir T4 PC Game Controller
After that, we have another very interesting gamepad, this time in the form of GameSir T4 PC Game Controller. As the name suggests, this model was designed to be used on PC, and PC only. You don’t have to worry about its price, which is a bit high, but still quite reasonable, nor about its quality, which is exceptional.
This controller is an excellent option for new players who wish to try out a gamepad instead of the mouse and keyboard, or even for newcomers to the world of gaming, in general. All of this made it very popular with the crowd of casual PC gamers, and even more so thanks to LED accents and buttons, ergonomic design, as well as the ability to connect it to a PC via Bluetooth.
In other words, it is completely wireless, and it comes with built-in, rechargeable batteries. The only downside is that they only provide a battery life of 5 hours, which is quite short when compared to some other solutions. However, for casual players — it will be more than enough, especially since these 5 hours include continuous play.
9. NVIDIA SHIELD CONTROLLER
Finally, we have Nvidia Shield Controller — a rather unique-looking gamepad that acts as a proper followup for every gamer who already has a Shield TV. Nvidia has created and upgraded this controller over the years in order to provide its users with the best possible experience. These days, the controller is so powerful that it will allow you to enjoy any game that you decide to play on this box set, to the fullest.
However, it should also be noted that the controller is not only useful for Android TV, and you can use it on other platforms, as well. It will make your gaming experience memorable and enjoyable thanks to numerous features, such as dual vibration feedback, a headset jack, excellent triggers, a Micro USB port, and more.
Its battery life is exceptional, and probably the best of all controllers on this list, as it lasts for around 60 hours. In other words, you can use this controller for days before it needs recharging, which completely eliminates one of the biggest issues that wireless gamers have had to deal with. On top of everything else, you even get a built-in mic that will let you give voice commands to your Google Assistant, which is an even bigger bonus.
All in all, the device features a great design, an exceptional performance, but also a high price, which is still reasonable, considering all that you get in return.
Getting the best controller for your PC can make all the difference when it comes to your gaming experience, and you should not sacrifice hours of fun by getting a bad gamepad. Best of all — you don’t even need to pay a lot of money to get a great solution. This list has numerous excellent, and yet cheap solutions that are just waiting to be picked. So, go back up, explore a few, and make your choice — you won’t regret it.