The best controller for every kind of player

Best Game Controllers for Nintendo Switches and Other Consoles: An Overview from the Last 3rd Sector of the Game Playing System

The cheap game controllers were known for poor craftsmanship, and especially the MadCatz knockoffs. The household had at least one. It was reserved for kid siblings and houseguests you maybe didn’t like that much. Those kinds of controllers gave third party gamepads a bad name.

Scuf and Astro, along with other companies, have been in the business of rebuilding the reputation of off brand gamepads, one controller at a time. Over the past few years, we’ve tried a number of them, and these are our favorites. The best game controllers are official and unofficial for the Nintendo switch, PS4 and other consoles.


A Comparison of Sony’s DualSense Edge and MS Elite Controller Series 2 Controllers for Xbox Ones and the PlayStation 3D Dual-Sense Edge Controllers

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Microsoft and Sony have pretty standardized controllers, and buying extras is usually affordable. However, both companies offer versions that let you swap out joysticks and add on extra inputs. They’re also considerably more expensive. Let’s take a closer look at why you might want one.

The two controllers we’re looking at here are Sony’s DualSense Edge controller for the PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Elite Controller Series 2 for the Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One. We’re going to look at them together because they have the same features to improve your game.

The controllers give the option to replace the standard joystick with taller alternatives. It’s not just for comfort, but it’s a big deal. The thumb is closer to the center of the module if you have a taller stick. This, in turn, means that it takes larger physical movements with your thumb to translate to the same level of movement, and thus a greater margin of error when you’re trying to aim for a small target. They both have an adjustability in the tightness of the control stick to add more resistance, giving you even greater precision.

This is obviously most useful for games where aiming is a critical skill. Online shooters from Call of Duty to Fortnite generally rely on hitting your targets before they can hit you. And while aim assist can help, it only gets you so far. If you find yourself struggling to even get your crosshairs in the same neighborhood as your enemies, these can be a huge help.

The trigger buttons on PlayStation controllers–L2 and R2–are what Sony calls “adaptive triggers,” which tell the game how hard you’re pressing on the buttons and can even adjust the resistance on the fly. This makes for some interesting interactions such as pulling back on a bow or feeling resistance when trying to open a crate in the game.

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