Up For Debate - Favourite PC Gaming Controller

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Jan 25, 2015 4:00 PM
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Up until about a year ago the issue of which controller to use was a one-stop shop - the Xbox 360 controller. We spent decades making use of assorted third-party tat for years, and then Microsoft delivered one of the ultimate PC gaming controllers in the form of the Xbox 360 gamepad. Finally we had a universal gamepad that was being accepted in games across the board, with appropriate on-screen button prompts.

The PlayStation 3 controller was also made compatible with PCs in a roundabout way, but the support was never there for it on a large scale. Fast forward a few years to now though, and we’ve got even more choice when it comes to which PC gamepad to use. Microsoft updated its classic controller and brought us the PC-compatible Xbox One gamepad, while Sony pulled a surprise out of the bag with the DualShock 4, completely annihilating its predecessor in pretty much every respect.

After the rush of support for the original Xbox 360 controller though, nearly every game is designed with 360 button prompts in mind. There are a few recent exceptions, most notably Assassin’s Creed Unity, but these are few and far between.

What’s unfortunate though is that while the X360 gamepad is the de facto choice now for most gamers , it’s undoubtedly far from perfect, chiefly because of one of the worst d-pads of modern times. The Xbox One controller rectifies this, while both it and the DualShock 4 have vastly improved accuracy on the analogue sticks.

Which controller do you think is best for PC gaming? Are you fine just sticking with the classic Xbox 360 controller, or do you think one of the others is worth the price of an upgrade?

Which is your favourite controller for PC?

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23:02 Jan-26-2015

Mouse and keyboard... is this even a question..?!

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16:39 Jan-26-2015

Got a Logitech f510 for playing controller games (Wii emulator, Racing/Flying, and some others). It's exactly how I like my Controller to be, so thumbs up!

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09:54 Jan-26-2015

I used to use an Xbox controller(not the original fat), which was damn good. But the installation process for its drivers doesn't work to well. So when I got a PS3, I ended up switching to the easier to setup DS3. It's not ideal but it does the job for those few games that are best played with a gamepad.

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08:37 Jan-26-2015

Guys What's Better? The Razer Sabertooth Controller Or The Xbox One Controller? And What Do You Suggest Is The Best Overall Controller? I Don't Think I'll Be Using The PS4 Controller Because Of The Touchpad. Thanks! :)

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09:11 Jan-26-2015

I highly suggest you get the official Microsoft Xbox One or 360 controller for Windows, my mate has the Razer version and some games can't detect it

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11:09 Jan-26-2015

Oh Thanks Man! Now i'm Sure What To Get. :)
Here's A Thumbs Up!

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11:12 Jan-26-2015

i suggest the xbox one or if you want a cheaper solution go for a logitech controller. they are pretty good and compatible with every single game i have tried. i am using the logitech f710 wireless controller.

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08:28 Jan-26-2015

Uhg. My 360 contorller broke so I bought a xbone controller to replace it. REALLLY bad idea.


I wish there was enough room here to leave a full review. Wish I could write articles sometimes.

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09:08 Jan-26-2015

as in the xbox one controller for windows? why was it a bad idea? I'm really keen on getting it haha, is it just as compatible with most games like the 360 controller?

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06:30 Jan-26-2015

I like DualShock 3 more than Xbox360 controller because of my quite small hands. Tried the 360 controller many times and always I was worried that it will slip out of my hands :) .


Now i'm using Logitech F710 gamepad which is very good!

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04:08 Jan-26-2015

Xbox 360 controller by far! been using it for a few years, no hassle just plug n play :) got my eyes on the Xbox One controller for Windows though

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02:06 Jan-26-2015

When i use a controller i use the Xbox 360 wireless cause i have a dongle and 2 controllers, but the d-pad on them frustrates me sometimes. I dont know about the Xbox one controller cause i never bought it since i dont play my Xbox360 much.

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01:20 Jan-26-2015

I know that is old. But i have a nintendo 64, some games and a lot of nintendo 64 broken controllers. I don´t know wich is the best modern controller, but i am sure the nintendo 64 controller was one of the worst ever made.

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00:52 Jan-26-2015

Seriously ? PS 1 controller without dual analog. >_&#60 :D

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00:52 Jan-26-2015

Xbox 360 controller for third person games and some flight or space simulators

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00:32 Jan-26-2015

Xbox 360 for games where the Keyboard and Mouse just aren't a feasible choice, like action games. Pretty much any 3rd person game that doesn't involve a gun.

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23:26 Jan-25-2015

Duel shock 4. M/K is not meant for gaming, ergonomically controllers engineered for gaming are. M/K gives better aiming precision, sure. However, Controllers provides better overall control of player with analog sticks and easily accessible

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23:27 Jan-25-2015

buttons that provide a greater control and comfort while playing a game. + no cramps caused by the clawed hand shape that keyboards force you into

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22:57 Jan-25-2015

If there's one thing Microsoft can do right, it's their controllers.

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03:05 Jan-26-2015

only from controller s on. the duke was good for a lot of people but a pain for many.

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21:47 Jan-25-2015

Keyboard and mouse and 360 controller! Best set for any gamer!

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20:38 Jan-25-2015

I only use an Xbox 360 controller for racing games. For everything else, I use a mouse and keyboard.

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20:36 Jan-25-2015

I stick with the good old keyboard and mouse for most games, but for sports games I use the Logitech F510 which has an overall layout like a Dualshock controller but uses A/B/X/Y buttons...hmmm...

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20:07 Jan-25-2015

Scuf controller whit extra grip

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19:46 Jan-25-2015

I can't play with mouse+keyboard so for me Razor Sabertooth is the best.

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19:44 Jan-25-2015

Isnt xbox one and xbox 360 almost the same? Im just basing this from the picture. Never actually hold the xbox one controller.

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