We all love the mouse and the keyboard for our PCs! Just that for the gamers of high definition standards, it is not enough! Where you have every move counted as a virtual life against critical time settings and global ranking, you definitely need just a bit more to play your games at international standards. This is why as more and more games make their way to the PCs, the need for a good game controller is what rises every passing day!
The mouse and keyboard will always be our first choice for playing games on PC. But some games are better suited to a controller, and as more and more console games make their way to the PC, it makes sense to have the right controller on-hand. But what controller works best on the PC? We’ve tested the Dual Shock 4, Xbox 360 controller, Xbox One controller, and a few dedicated PC pads to pick our favorite. These are the best gamepads for PC, chosen for comfort, control, compatibility with PC gaming.
Here is our little guide to help you but the best Game controller based on your needs.
Testing Controllers: Lend a royal ignore to the gamers who still use the mouse and the keyboard. Who plays the Grid Autosport with keyboard controls? How do you even enjoy the Super Meat Boy using a mouse? Is that not just demeaning the entire game effect?
- Step 1: Check the shape, colour and buttons
Though Microsoft’s and Sony’s home game controllers, the XBOX controller and Dual Shock 4 have set a benchmark of the controllers in the industry, there are other that are slowly seeping in the market. The best shapes are the ones that fit the contours of your hands and have all buttons at accessible points without you having to move your hands.
- Step 2: Wired or unwired connectivity
You may consider the shape and the buttons on a controller as the highest priority criterion, but not being able to use a controller wirelessly is another limitation that has to ridden.
- Step 3: Shape of the hands
With an average hand size to use the controller, the controller fitting the contours of the hand is a must. The feel of the D pads, the placement of the sticks and the alignment of the buttons need to be tested in your hands before you make the ultimate choice.
Here is a look at the 5 best Gamepads to make your PC a gamer’s Haven
1. XBOX 360 Controller
Connection: Wired and Wireless Models
A specific version of the XBOX 360 made for use with the PC, it comes just as the main Game controller for XBOX 360, the same packing and the same labels, just that this is a bit modified for use on PCs
Specifications: A 2.4 GHZ wireless USB, an adequate range of 30 feet this is not just for the PC games but can also be used with the main XBOX 360 console. You will just have to re-sync it once!
Design: Completely ergonomic, this controller will not let your hands tire even after hours of playing. With an extended control of 10 buttons and 2 analog joysticks, you cannot enjoy your races and mortal combats better than this one. Get rolling with the vibration feedback to make your gaming even better.
2. Logitech F310 Gamepad
Have a tight budget and yet the desire for the game controller is undying? Get ready to buy two controllers for the price of one. Though you would lose the capability to stay connected without the wires, but this thing is really light and feels like a sleek tank in your hands.
Specifications: Plug it in and it is just ready to play. Comparing the D pad with the other models, you may not feel too good about it. And then trying to hold the Analog sticks for longer durations is not really suited for sweaty hands, but the overall experience for the price that you get it for is just amazing.
Design: Suitable for all games, the bumpers and the buttons are superb. The triggers offer just the right kind of resistance to not let you consume all your energies. Just apt for racing with the gas on in grid Autocar, this game controller is the delight offered at a much economical price!
3. The Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R.
Compatibility: Windows, Android
You will fall in love with the look and the design, which is almost like the XBOX One controller.
Specifications: You may have to load it first; the software and the installation procedure have to be managed though, if using it for the first time. Though this may seem a bit tedious but then it is just a one-time process of the machine that the Game pad needs to be compatible with. Light in weight and sweat free surface tends to increase your control over the game, even if you are playing real time.
Design: Bigger analog sticks, bigger D-pad and better bumpers will make your gaming addictive. Now what if apart from all the swiftness, you also get to swipe the D pad and the controller? That would be a steal, and is surely has been reviewed as the Mad Catz Pro Controller. The colour of the buttons and the edgy console make this Game pad one of the most compatible to the normal hand structure making it one of the most sold models.
4. Razer Sabertooth
With 10 programmable buttons, analog joysticks and 40 hours of continuous use, what more can us ask for?
Specifications: Fully customizable, you can program all your keys based on the functions you need and the game you are about to play.Six shoulder and trigger buttons, 4 buttons of the joystick and the smashing OLED Screen form profile switching make is easy to elaborate on sensitivity and load profiles. Three different gaming modes which also includes the mouse mode making the gamepad as good as the mouse to satiate your needs, makes this game controller apt for usage on Nteflix and you tube as well.
Design: Two big bumpers, help you with most of the things that need to be done in a controller. So you do not have to lift your thumbs and retain them on the analog sticks. The buttons do not depress that well. So you may actually miss the button sliding movement of the hands, but the best part is the board memory that helps you in saving profiles. This basically means that you do not need to be without your custom set up!
It features three different gaming modes including a mouse mode that allows for assignment of typical mouse navigation to the action buttons and analog joystick. This is works well with the integrated media buttons which allow for remote control functionality for services such as Netflix, YouTube and more. It also includes a travel clip that attaches a phone or other smart device to the gamepad.
5. Thrustmaster GPX Controller
Compatibility: Windows and Xbox 360
The Thrustmaster GPX LightBack Game controller can be extensively used for the Windows apps and also be synced with the Xbox 360.
Specifications: Featuring feedback motors (two) that have been very smartly built into the handle , a built in headset connector and light feedback feature illuminates the gamepad brilliantly.
Design: With a beautiful black and red colour to it, rejoicing the colours of the Ferrari F1 Special edition, this Game Pad has been designed by Fernando Alonso. Ultra precise mini joysticks and non-slip rubber grips, LED lights on an XBOX 360 standard layout, this gamepad is simply marvelous!
CTA: Tried any of these? Or have a better suggestion? Share it with us in the comments section.