While a mouse and keyboard is the input method of choice for many PC gamers, it never hurts to have a dedicated controller lying around—even better if it has wireless connectivity for untethered play. Controllers are ideal for third-person and sidescrolling games, and can offer unique advantages in some competitive titles (such asand ). But while there are loads of wireless controllers out there, these are the ones actually worth your money.
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get more specialized features like gyro sensors working. This is the method we recommend for most players because you’re likely buying most of your games through Steam anyway, and you can use this in .can take care of all this for you with just a few clicks—it can also
The Xbox controller runs off of two AA batteries lasting for around 30 hours, but you can circumvent this with either the officialfrom Microsoft, or third-party offerings such as . The Wireless controller connects over Bluetooth, but you can pick it up with an if you want a more stable connection. It’s also worth noting that , which are extremely similar to the Xbox Wireless Controller, can be found for lower prices if you look around—especially if you don’t mind buying used.
The default PC controller for a reason—easy connection and a great design elevate this model above most.
than the DualSense if you don’t care about the updated design.
to customize inputs.
Unfortunately, there’s no estimated battery life given for the F710, but customers and reviewers report it lasting anywhere from a few weeks to multiple months. While your mileage will vary depending on the batteries you install and how often you play, the battery life seems, at the very least, acceptable.
, and make use of the paddles on the back of the controller for extra actions. Throw in an improved design with grippy handles, and a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 40 hours, and you’ve got a great controller on your hands.
And just like the standard Xbox Wireless Controller, you should have no issues connecting the Elite to a Windows machine through Bluetooth or an(sold separately).
works on PC as well. The controller looks like a classic SNES controller sprouted handles and joysticks, and it is fantastic for playing sidescrollers and other old-school-styled games. Through 8Bitdo’s , you can customize inputs (great because it, by default, uses Nintendo’s button layout), alter trigger sensitivity, and even configure turbo buttons—which repeat the same input at rapid speeds.
The Sn30+ Pro connects over Bluetooth and will last around 18 hours on a full charge. It’s also available in a few colors which mimick the style of the SNES, Super Famicom, and a standard black (pictured above).
is highly recommended—especially because it gets the gyro controls functioning.
to create macros and remap inputs, but changing the inputs doesn’t just alter it on a software level . Each button has an LED label next to tell you what it does, and that will change accordingly as you remap inputs. While the Arcade Stick is primarily designed for fighting games, it also works fantastically with any classic arcade games or even modern titles which take on similar genres.
The Arcade Stick connects via Bluetooth or the included wireless adapter and will last 30-40 hours on a full charge. And for those interested in modding, you’ll be happy to hear that 8Bitdo designed this controller to be compatible with any 30mm/24mm.