Let's face it, a keyboard and mouse configuration can be uncomfortable and unintuitive. If you want to sit back, relax and immerse yourself in a new and fascinating game, you need a wireless controller.
The fact that wireless PC controllers are a variety of shapes and sizes. It's not always clear when a controller works with your PC, and some controllers are supported by more games than others.
That's why we took the time to put together the best wireless PC controllers to buy with money. All of these controllers support Bluetooth connectivity and work with popular clients such as Steam and Unity.
If your computer does not have built-in Bluetooth hardware, you will need a Bluetooth USB dongle to use these wireless controllers. Yes, some controller manufacturers sell dedicated USB dongles, but are usually more expensive and less versatile than a universal Bluetooth dongle.
The Steam Controller ($ 90)
If you're a hardline evangelist of the keyboard and have a shameless appetite for comfortable controllers, you should try the official Steam controller. This strange-looking device is essentially a connection between intuitive controller design and keyboard-mouse precision. With this controller, you can play games, enter messages, or surf the Internet at amazing speed and accuracy. You can even use it to play guessing games without the carpal tunnel caused by keyboards.
The Steam Controller is a masterpiece of technology, but it can also cause pain. This controller has a steep learning curve, making it most suitable for gamers who really need the customization and precision of a keyboard on a comfortable gamepad. If you just want to plug in an intuitive controller and start playing, you should try a little more familiar hardware.
The Xbox One Controller ($ 44)
Ah, the old proven Xbox One controller. This is the kind of gamepad that feels instant. It's responsive, comfortable, and makes your PC gaming experience a little more comfortable.
The Xbox One controller is surprisingly easy to pair with a PC and works with most games on Steam and Unity. Plus, tweaking an Xbox controller to a PC is a breeze, so you can put together a new control scheme for your games in minutes.
The DualShock 4 PS4 Controller ($ 46)
The DualShock 4 controller (the PlayStation 4 controller) is another familiar, easy-to-use wireless gamepad. The buttons respond, the analog sticks are a dream and comfortable in most hands.
Like the Xbox One controller, the DualShock 4 is supported by most games and can be easily paired with your PC. Not to mention that the touchpad of a DualShock 4 controller can be used like a mouse pad on a PC or programmed to specific key inputs.
The Xbox One Elite Controller ($ 164)
The Xbox One Elite Controller is essentially an ultra-customizable version of the standard Xbox One controller. The package includes a number of interchangeable directional pads and analog sticks as well as four interchangeable (and detachable) backpaddles that can be assigned to different key inputs. Plus, the Xbox One Elite controller has a profile switch on the front, so you can easily switch between different custom key configurations.
Should you spend $ 164 on a controller? Could be. This gamepad is for hardcore games and popular with professional players. It's worth the money if you want to be particularly good with shooters and fighting games, but in most situations it's probably too much.
The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller ($ 57)
The Nintendo Switch Pro controller is more versatile than you think. Since the Nintendo Switch is connected to controllers via Bluetooth, you can connect the Switch Pro Controller to a PC like any other Bluetooth gamepad.
While most games do not directly support the Pro controller, game clients (such as Steam) will do so automatically associate the Pro controller with an Xbox One gamepad. The keys are still responding and the sticks still convey a lot of details.
As a side note, you can also connect the Nintendo Joy-Con via Bluetooth to a PC. However, this setup is not (yet) ideal because your computer recognizes the left and right sides of Joy-Con as two separate controllers.
The GameSir G3s Controller ($ 31)
If you're looking for a cheap alternative to the DualShock 4 controller, check out the GameSir G3s. Designed specifically for use with personal computers and Android devices, this controller instantly works with most games.
This controller offers everything you would expect from a modern gamepad, including a "clickable" thumb and four shoulder buttons. It also has programmable "turbo" and "clear" buttons (for emulators) and a "home" button that gives you access to your gaming client's menu.
The SteelSeries Stratus Controller ($ 33)
If you're looking for a cheap alternative to the Xbox One controller in the market, check out the SteelSeries Stratus. Like the GameSir G3s, the Stratus is designed specifically for PC and Android games. It is one of the most popular third-party controllers on the market and therefore works well with most PC games.
Like the Xbox One controller, the SteelSeries Stratus is comfortable, responsive and modern. It has "clickable" analog sticks and four shoulder pads. Remember, however, that unlike the Xbox One controller, the Stratus analog sticks are vertical – they are in the lower half of the controller, similar to a DualShock 4 controller.
The PowerA GameCube Controller ($ 40)
Are you a big fan of emulators? The PowerA GameCube controller provides a cost-effective and easy way to get your wireless retro fix. It's almost identical to the original GameCube controller, except for its extra menu buttons, and can be paired with your PC, phone, or Nintendo switch.
Before buying this controller, keep in mind that it is not ideal for modern games. First, you need to do a little remapping to make this controller work with Steam or Unity. It also does not have a built-in rumble feature and its design is a bit dated.