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Best PC controller 2023: the Digital Foundry buyer‘s guide to gamepads

The best first-party and third-party controllers tested.

While it may be the case that PC gamers usually opt for a trusty mouse and keyboard, grabbing a controller makes sense for a range of genres, from Soulsborne action games to racing titles and platformers. Running a quick search for the term ‘PC controller‘ will bring up a shedload of options, but which ones are any good, let alone the best PC controller you could buy?

To help you out, we’ve tested dozens of the best gamepads on the market for weeks on end, sorted the wheat from the chaff and picked out the best options. for a range of budgets and gaming genres.

Best PC controller 2023

  • Best PC controller: Xbox Wireless Controller
  • Runner-up: Sony DualSense (PS5) Controller
  • Best premium PC controller: Xbox Elite Series 2 / Elite Series 2 Core
  • Best cheap PC controller: HyperX Clutch Gladiate
  • Best third-party PC controller: Razer Wolverine V2
  • Most customisable PC controller: Scuf Instinct / Instinct Pro
  • Runner-up customisable controller: Victrix Gambit
  • Best of the rest: other controllers we tested

The best PC controller for most people is the £49/44 Xbox Wireless Controller. This Xbox Series-era controller works well out of the box with the widest range of PC titles, offers wired, Bluetooth or 2.4GHz wireless connectivity and is available in a range of colours at a reasonable price. The Microsoft controller is also well-made, with responsive triggers and a large, comfortable shape.

However, the controller does have its downsides. Rather than charging via a USB cable, the Xbox Series controller takes AA batteries, requiring a £20/25 Play and Charge Kit to support USB recharging. In addition, most PCs don’t support Microsoft’s low-latency 2.4GHz wireless out of the box, requiring a £62 adapter controller bundle or 27 adapter.

  • Unparalleled support in PC games, without requiring third-party software
  • Low-latency 2.4GHz wireless connection plus Bluetooth
  • Available in a range of colours and styles
  • Eats AA batteries by default, with a rechargeable battery sold separately
  • Xbox Wireless Adapter has become hard to find at cost

Alternatively: For a cheaper Xbox-oriented alternative that’s wired only, consider the £50/60 Turtle Beach Recon. It works well across a wide version of PC games and boasts a surprising number of features for a £50 controller, including a pair of remappable rear buttons, multiple modes and textured grips. You also get convenient audio controls for anything you plug into the 3.5mm port, making it a savvy way of making a basic headset feel a lot more premium. If that mix of features sounds worthwhile, we’d recommend it over the standard Xbox controller. although giving up wireless is still tough!

Runner-up: Sony DualSense (PS5) Controller

While the Xbox Wireless Controller is our top choice, the £57/69 Sony DualSense PS5 controller is another worthy option. It has great triggers, its longer-than-DualShock design fits all but the smallest hands and of course it has that symmetric design some folks prefer. It’s cheaper to run than the Xbox controller too, as it can be recharged via USB-C. so no need to invest in rechargeable batteries or keep buying non-rechargeable ones. There’s even a gyroscope, which is useful for playing some emulated games, and first-party Sony games on PC offer the correct button prompts. even if most games will show the Xbox ones instead.

The only minor inconvenience is that you need to install third-party software to get the controller working on Windows. Thankfully, software including DualSenseX and DS4Windows are free, easy to use and offer options not found on Xbox Accessories app. You can also use Steam’s Big Picture mode, which supports the DualSense natively, for both Steam and non-Steam games.

  • Comfortable, high-quality controller with incredible triggers
  • Doesn’t require batteries or a dongle to work wirelessly
  • Trackpad is convenient if your mouse isn’t nearby
  • Requires third-party driver installation to work well
  • Button prompts often conflict with controller layout

Alternatively: Custom PS5 controllers are also available. The £219/219 Scuf Reflex Pro is our top pick here, offering full customisation, remappable rear paddles and upgrades to triggers, thumbsticks and grip with extremely good build quality throughout. We also tested a ~200 MegaModz DualSense with a custom shell, mechanical buttons and interchangeable thumbsticks. The controller feels fantastic to use, thanks to those mechanical upgrades, and it’s nice to see a PS5 controller that looks so different from the standard colour options too.

Best premium PC controller: Xbox Elite Series 2 / Elite Series 2 Core

If you’re willing to spend more on your controller, Microsoft’s £139/151 Elite Series 2 is the best controller we’ve tested thus far. Its controls are tight and responsive, with clicky face buttons and a generous grippy coating that ensures a great in-hand feel. There are plenty of customisation options too. you can add four paddles to the rear, swap out the sticks for four alternative options, adjust stick sensitivity and opt for a circular eight-way d-pad. The ability to toggle between three levels of trigger sensitivity with the flip of a switch is also impressive. There’s even software like ReWASD that lets you rebind the paddles to keyboard commands.

The Series 2 also improves on its predecessor with a more modern design equivalent to the most recent standard Xbox One controller, including Bluetooth connectivity, a headphone jack and USB-C charging via the included stand or a USB-C cable. The rechargeable battery used here is arguably more convenient than the previous system that used AA batteries, but it’s also not user replaceable. In total though, the generational changes here are overwhelmingly positive. and you can read more in our Elite Controller Series 2 review.

The £106/108 Elite Series 2 Core is a distillation of the Elite Series 2, offering the exact same core features but leaving out the extras such as the charging dock and replacement sticks. This genius move means that you get an extremely responsive and well-built controller for a lower price and you can pick up the accessories later (£39/39). For someone that used the default loadout on the Elite Series 2 99 percent of the time, this release makes a ton of sense.

  • Incredible levels of hardware and software customisation
  • Comfortable, precise feel with excellent tactile feedback
  • Includes creature comforts like Bluetooth and USB-C charging

Best cheap PC controller: HyperX Clutch Gladiate

At 35/£35, the HyperX Clutch Gladiate is one of the few name-brand controllers that comes in below the Xbox Series Wireless Controller or Sony DualSense PS5 Controller in terms of price. For that, you do get a surprising amount of functionality, including programmable rear buttons and trigger locks ideal for speeding up digital inputs (like firing a weapon in an FPS). These work well enough, and are joined by nice tactile face buttons and good build quality throughout despite the plastic design.

However, there are some restrictions here too. The Clutch Gladiate is wired-only, which does at least make it lighter and removes the need to recharge or swap batteries. The responsiveness of the controls and the strength of the rumble are noticeably worse than either the Series or PS5 controllers, making it more difficult to use in games that require precise inputs and detailed force feedback, such as more SIM-oriented racing games. Still, for other genres these limitations are less of an issue and the Clutch Gladiate could make a lot of sense.

  • Reasonable price for a brand-name controller, given its good build quality and useful features
  • Wired-only, so light design with no recharging or battery swapping required
  • Looks much better than your average generic cheap-o controller
  • No wireless connectivity, obviously
  • Buttons and joysticks lack a touch of precision, while force feedback is also less detailed

Best third-party PC controller: Razer Wolverine V2

While Microsoft and Sony’s long expertise with games consoles means that their controllers are the default option for many, there are also some great third-party alternatives worth considering. The £80/51 Razer Wolverine V2 is one of the best options, thanks to its use of clicky and satisfying mechanical switches for face button, optional hair triggers and two extra buttons on the rear. It doesn’t offer additional paddles, like the earlier Wolverine Tournament Edition, but it does offer a more comfortable shape. We played games like Tetris Effect for hours on this pad without issue. the only problem was that going back to a standard controller afterwards that lacked that tactile feedback is tough once you know what you’re missing!

The controller can be customised in the Razer Controller Setup for Xbox app, available on Xbox and PC, where you can rebind the buttons and dial in the Wolverine’s sensitivity. While the Wolverine V2 costs more than a standard first-party controller, it is still a significant upgrade that’s well worth considering if you play a lot of gamepad-friendly PC games.

  • Best software for remapping and customisation
  • Well-constructed with tight, tactile and often clicky controls

Most customisable PC controller: Scuf Instinct / Instinct Pro

The £170/170 Scuf Instinct and Scuf Instinct Pro are deeply customisable controllers for Xbox consoles and PC. I opted for a controller with an interesting topographical map theme in blue and gold, matching this with mono-colour face buttons, black sticks, and grey d-pad, shoulder buttons and triggers. There are tons of options here, with eleven elements you can tweak. including less cosmetic changes like ripping out the rumble motors for a lighter gamepad or opting for different shape sticks. (Scuf’s earlier Xbox One era Prestige controller has even more colour options. the firm assured me that the Instinct series will have a similar number of options eventually). The Pro adds rubber grips and four rear buttons. fittingly, features that may prove handy for high-level play but are easily dispensed with to save some money on what is already an expensive proposition.

The Instinct series use the same circuit board as Microsoft’s controllers and pair in the same way, so on PC you can use them wired via USB-C, via Bluetooth or via lower-latency Xbox Wireless with an Xbox Wireless Adapter dongle. It also means they benefit to Microsoft’s latency improvements and can even be upgraded with new firmware as it’s released. Both Instinct gamepads also feature three profiles, allowing you to customise the controller on a per-game basis by tapping a button, and a button for muting the headset.

Compared to the similarly expensive Xbox Elite Series 2 controller, it’s hard to pick a favourite. The Elite Series 2 feels more substantial in the hand, with clickier buttons and more conveniently placed triggers, but the Instinct Pro is lighter, with even shorter-throw triggers and a smoother chassis. I think I would normally come down for the Elite Series 2, but that controller’s reliability woes would give me some pause. and the Instinct Pro’s customisable look makes it a distinct option in its own right.

  • Can be customised for a look and feel entirely your own
  • Instinct Pro variant offers hair triggers and extra grip
  • Works just like the official Xbox Series X/S controller
  • Extremely expensive once fully customised
  • Face buttons and d-pad aren’t quite as good as the best controllers from Microsoft or Razer

Runner-up customisable controller: Victrix Gambit

The £89/90 Victrix Gambit is another nice option if you prefer a controller you can make your own, with some novel post-purchase customisation ideas. There’s a choice of top plates, including a rubbery option for silent play, and circular or octagonal rings for each thumb stick. standard are the offered d-pads (eight-way or four-way), thumb sticks (short or long), rear paddles (two or four) and the provided carry case. Each change I made had an obvious effect, and I was particularly impressed with the rubber top plate. The build quality here is excellent too, with satisfyingly smooth triggers and slightly tactile face buttons, although the placement of the start and select buttons takes a little getting used to.

This is a wired controller only, which is in my view totally fine for PC play but less suitable for gaming on the sofa. The cable is at least relatively soft and flexible, unlike some other controllers I’ve tried recently. Finally, Victrix boasts of a dual-core design that delegates input and audio to separate cores, reducing input latency, but I don’t have the means to test this and the controller didn’t feel noticeably better or worse than alternative options. I think there’s enough here to justify the asking price!

  • Excellent range of customisation options included
  • Good build quality makes the controller a pleasure to use
  • Works just like the official Xbox Series X/S controller
  • Layout of some less-used buttons is unorthodox
  • Cool transparent body is hidden by the top plates
  • No wireless connectivity

Best of the rest: other controllers we tested

The eSwap XR Pro controller might be gimmicky. but it’s a fun gimmick with some actual utility behind it.

To keep our recommendations manageable, we’ve opted for six controller suggestions in the main article above. Here are some brief thoughts on the other controllers we’ve tested, including a few options that nearly made it into the top six.

Thrustmaster eSwap XR Pro Controller Forza Horizon 5 Edition: This is another strong controller when it comes to customisation, with hot-swappable components. you can freely swap the position of each stick and the d-pad, and the Forza Horizon 5 special edition even comes with a tiny, self-centring wheel that can replace the d-pad. (Cleverly, the missing d-pad controls are then mapped to the rear buttons.) This doesn’t feel significantly more accurate than a thumbstick. or at least, nothing close to what’s possible with a full-size wheel. but it’s still a fun feature and a clever extension of the controller’s other Forza Horizon branding.

While I didn’t continue using the wheel long-term as I played through the Donut Media addition to FH5, I was struck by the build quality and responsiveness of the eSwap XR Pro. If you’re happy with a wired pad and want something with a ton of extra features, including back buttons, this is a reasonable choice that’ll be worth picking up once it drops down a bit from its £180/180 launch price.

PowerA Spectra Infinity Enhanced Wired Controller: At £35/34, this gamepad is about £15 cheaper than the official Microsoft Xbox One controller. You lose out on wireless connectivity and a tiny bit of build quality, but you gain edge and button lighting in seven colours, two programmable rear buttons and three-tier trigger locks. The trigger locks didn’t work perfectly in our testing, with the most restrictive setting on both triggers resulting in different amounts of movement, but otherwise the controller delivers a reasonable gaming experience and looks good doing it. If the extra features are worthwhile for you and you’re not interested in wireless connectivity, then this is a decent choice.

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller: This £49/69 controller is a good first-party option with excellent battery life, but it is more expensive than many competitors, lacks analogue triggers and doesn’t offer any compelling unique features beyond Switch compatibility and a cool see-through design.

Razer Raiju Mobile: While the 36 Raiju Mobile sports clicky buttons, good ergonomics and a built-in smartphone clip, its unusual default bindings on PC require manual remapping in each game. By contrast, the SteelSeries Stratus Duo works well on PC out of the box.

Microsoft Elite Controller (Series 1): The first-gen Elite was a great controller, but the Elite Series 2 and Series 2 Core offer more features and a better tactile feel at the same price. Only consider this one if you can find it in working order at a good price, or if the lack of a user-replaceable battery in the Series 2 is a deal-breaker for you.

Nacon Pro Controller 3: The design and build quality of this £72/74 controller is subpar, with flabby shoulder buttons and lethargic sticks, but the real issue is the placement of the extra buttons. Rather than paddles, Nacon has opted for a quartet of small buttons built into the lower grips. This is convenient, in that you can reach these buttons comfortably, but they’re all-too-easy to set off accidentally and hard to differentiate. That makes the NPC3 a hard sell in a competitive premium controller market.

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Can You Connect A PS5 Controller To PC? (Learn How)

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The PS5 DualSense controller is one of the best controllers for PC as it is incredibly comfortable to use, and isn’t it always good to get a little more use out of your gamepads? It’s also fun to play PC games with a controller rather than a mouse and keyboard, particularly if your rig is in your living room. So, how do you connect your PS5 controller to your PC?

If your PC supports Bluetooth, you can connect your controller using a wire or without it, in which case you connect via Bluetooth. You can also connect your controller using a USB-C to USB-A cable or a USB-C to USB-C lead, depending on whether your PC has a USB-C input.

If you’ve ever wanted to play your favorite games on a PC with a PS5 DualSense controller, it’s pretty simple to do so.

Though the advantages of using a keyboard and mouse are clear, especially in FPS games, some genres simply play better with a controller, and Sony’s controller is an excellent choice.

Is There A Way To Connect A PS5 Controller To A PC?

DualSense on the Playstation 5 is a fantastic controller. It feels, unlike any other controller I’ve used before, thanks to its advanced haptic motors and “adaptive” triggers. That is when I’m using it on a PS5.

If you use your PS5 DualSense controller on a PC, however, keep in mind that adaptive triggers will not function, and you won’t receive haptic feedback.

Some games, but not all, will manage to display the right Playstation button prompts.

There are other fantastic features; however, for example, it recently added LED customization to its list of features, which already included trackpad, gyro, and rumble.

Although adaptive triggers are still not supported at the time of writing, who knows what the future holds?

The DualSense wireless controller for the Playstation 5 (PS5) has adaptive triggers that work better with PS5 games, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work with your PC. You can link the PS5 controller to your Windows 10 PC and use it to play Steam games.

You can use a USB cable or Bluetooth connection to link the DualSense controller to a Windows 10 PC. Wirelessly connecting the controller to your PC is easy, but the controller’s Bluetooth compatibility is lacking. If you’re connecting your PC to your Steam account, you’ll want to use a USB cable.

Plugging in your PS5 DualSense Controller with a cable is the simplest way to connect it with a Windows 10 desktop or laptop.

You can use the USB cable that comes with the PS5 or any other USB-A to USB-C cable to make this connection. You can also use a USB-C to USB-C cable if your PC has a USB-C port.

However, if you prefer a wireless connection, you can establish one using Bluetooth if your computer has a Bluetooth receiver.

Check to confirm by clicking the speech bubble icon in the bottom-right corner of the taskbar to open the Windows Action Center and look for Bluetooth. If it is not there, you can get a Bluetooth dongle to help you achieve the connection.

However, not all games support the DualSense controller. Instead, it’s up to developers to add controller support during development, which doesn’t always happen, particularly for games they never released on the console.

The good news is that Steam supports Sony’s current controller while playing PC games, and you can also use it to play games that aren’t supported, thanks to Steam’s custom button mapping technology. Here’s how to go about it:

Step 1: Go to Settings Controller General Controller Settings in Steam.

Step 2: To use the DualSense in supported PC titles, allow both Generic Gamepad Configuration Support and Playstation Configuration Support in the Controller Settings menu.

Step 3: Click the device (a generic controller) and then Define Layout for titles that aren’t supported.

Step 4: To get PS button prompts in supported games and enter your custom button mappings, select Playstation 4 from the dropdown.

Step 5: Save the controller and give it a name.

You should now be able to use the DualSense controller in both controller-supported and unsupported games on your PC.

How Do I Connect My PS5 Controller To A PC?

You can connect your PS5 controller to your PC through the USB cable method or Bluetooth method, both of which I have explained in detail below:

Connecting The PS5 DualSense Controller To Your PC via USB

Since the DualSense uses USB type C instead of micro USB like the DualShock 4, you’ll need a USB-C to USB-A cable. Simply plug the cable into the controller and your device and wait a few minutes. Windows will detect it automatically.

You may also use a USB-C to USB-C cable if your PC has a dedicated USB-C port. The following is a step-by-step guide to help you achieve the connection.

Step 1: On Windows 10 PC, open the Control Panel and check to see if your PC has detected the controller. To do so, press the Windows key, type “Control Panel,” and then press the Enter key. The Control Panel app will open.

Step 2: Click on “Hardware and Sound,” on the Control Panel Menu, then click on “Devices and Printers.”

Step 3: You will see the DualSense controller as a “Wireless Controller.” under “Devices.”

Step 4: Launch the Steam app on your PC. On the top-left corner, click on “View” and select “Settings.”

Step 5: The “Settings” menu will pop up. Select the “Controller” tab, then click on “General Controller Settings.”

Step 6: You should be able to see your DualSense controller, “Playstation 5 Controller,” at the bottom of the pop-up page.

Step 7: To allow compatible Steam games to use the Playstation controller layout, check the box next to “Playstation Configuration Support” in the same window.

Connect The PS5 DualSense Controller To Your PC via Bluetooth

If you prefer to be wire-free, you can link your DualSense controller to your PC through Bluetooth.

If your PC or laptop doesn’t have a Bluetooth receiver built-in, however, you can pick up a range of inexpensive Bluetooth USB dongles, such as the Tiny USB 2.0 Bluetooth Mini Wireless Adapter.

Press and hold both the central PS Button and the Create button for three seconds before the lightbar in the middle of the controller begins to flash to connect the PS5 DualSense controller via Bluetooth.

After that, you’ll need to go through the Bluetooth settings on your PC. In Windows 10, go to the bottom-right corner of your screen and press the speech bubble button in the taskbar.

This brings up the Action Center, where you will click on ‘Bluetooth’ and then ‘Wireless Controller.’

If you receive a prompt for a pairing code, enter 0000. And that’s it! You have connected your PS5 DualSense controller to your PC via Bluetooth just as you like it. Wire-free!

You can play your favorite PC games on one of the most comfortable and feature-packed gaming pads on the market once you learn how to use a PS5 controller on a PC. Unfortunately, the controller does not support audio.

If this occurs, simply tap the Speakers icon in your taskbar, select Select playback unit, and then select your headphones or speakers, if you like, from the list.

Although the PS5 controller will function and allow you to configure them in some games, you might not be able to do so in others. You can get around this issue by using Steam.

Why Won’t My PS5 Controller Connect To My PC?

Have you tried linking your controller to your PC, and it just won’t connect? This could result from one or more of the following reasons.

  • You may have connected the controller to a different device. Pairing your controller with your PS5 or another console will not pair it with your PC.
  • Bluetooth compatibility issues with your controller. Bluetooth devices and other artifacts in the vicinity will obstruct the wireless signal.
  • There are issues with the USB-C cable. It’s possible that you’re using the wrong cable or that it’s broken.
  • There could be issues with the USB ports. The controller and your PC’s ports may be dirty or could have spoilt.
  • Internal hardware issues with the controller. The battery or Bluetooth sensor, for example, may not be in working condition.
  • Firmware that is no longer supported. If your PS5’s machine software is out of date, it may trigger a variety of issues.

Always make sure your PS5 controller is fully charged and appropriately paired with your PC when connecting.

Is A PS5 Controller Worth it for a PC?

If you’re only looking for a controller for your PC, I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s only worth a shot if you already own a PS5. Getting it to function correctly can be a hassle, and some games will let you use it but insist on displaying Xbox keys.

There is software available that allows you to play around with adaptive triggers, but it’s more of a set it and leave it, and you can’t use it to play your games.

The PS5 controller will work just fine on Steam, but it’s not an assurance for other launchers. Haptic feedback is also not a guarantee in new and upcoming games. Since this is a maybe, it may not be a good use of your money.

How Do I Charge My PS5 Controller On My PC?

You can charge your PS5 controller, also known as the DualSense controller, using a standard USB cable, much like the PlayStation 4 controller. However, unlike the PlayStation 4, you can only charge the PS5 controller using the new USB-C standard, which has several benefits.

A metal jacket encases the portion you insert into the controller, which covers the controller’s USB socket and reduces the risk of damage. You can also connect the cable into the socket either way with USB-C, so there’s no need to worry about damaging the cable or slot when plugging it in.

You can buy either USB-A to USB-C cable or USB-C to USB-C cable to charge your controller on your PC as you play. The PS5 contains both a USB C socket and a USB-A socket on its front. However, USB-C to USB-C cables are more expensive than USB-A to USB-C cables.

One of the most appealing features of USB-C is the ability to charge your controller quickly. What does quick charging imply for you? What advantages does it provide?

Simply put, the controller charges much faster than previous controllers.

According to the DualSense controller’s leaked specifications, every five minutes of charging can get you 30 minutes of gameplay. That means a one-hour charge would get you six hours of gaming out of your controller.

What’s more, you can charge your Playstation 5 controller not only from a wall outlet but also from your PC when you’re playing.

Conclusion

It’s pretty simple to attach a PS5 controller to a PC or laptop. You should keep in mind, however, that connectivity is minimal. Despite the fact that you can connect them in a variety of ways, they don’t go too well together. The gaming experience just won’t be as pleasant as that on a Playstation 5.

How to connect the PS5 controller to your PC

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In addition to being the best controller Sony has ever designed, the Dualense It’s also one of the best controllers you can use if you’re playing games on PC. The DualSense was released with the Playstation 5, but some people have taken a liking to the controller and prefer it over the classic Xbox controller to play on PC. If you are thinking of using your DualSense to play on your computer, take note.

Is the DualSense compatible with Windows?

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Sony has a long history of controllers that made it a bit difficult to disconnect from the Playstation and connect to the computer. Reusing a controller that we already have at home is the most logical thing in the world, since it is quite absurd to spend money on buying a controller just to play on PC.

Unlike the DualShock 4, the DualSense does put it on us easy when playing on Microsoft Windows. Of course, part of the grace of this controller will continue to be exclusive when playing on the PS5. However, if you have a DualSense at home and want to connect it to your computer, you should know that this time it is fully compatible.

However, a series of requirements Very basic to be able to use it easily.

What does it take to play with the DualSense on PC?

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Playing with the DualSense on PC requires pretty much the same requirements as using the Xbox controller. The Xbox controller is considered the generic one to play titles on PC, and it is supported by all video games. However, the DualSense has been gaining a lot of popularity thanks to the fact that it is a very good device. If you like the Sony controller better, don’t want to spend money on a Microsoft peripheral, or simply prefer to play with a controller that has the parallel triggers, you have it as easy as connecting your controller via USB or Bluetooth.

However, you should know one more thing. Today, the DualSense remote only works on PC if you access the games through Steam. You can add them manually, even if they come from another platform, as long as you already have them installed.

USB connection

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The easiest way to connect the DualSense to a Windows computer is via a USB cable. You will never run out of battery and you will not have problems of input lagAlthough we already anticipate that by Bluetooth you will not experience the latter either.

The DualSense doesn’t come with any cables when you buy it, so you’ll have to find one at home or purchase one separately. You can use a wire USB-A to USB-C or one USB-C to USB-C.

If you have to buy it, let us give you a couple of recommendations. Ideally, buy a good quality wire and have some 2 meters of length. This ensures that there is enough space between the computer and your hands. You will be able to play more comfortably, you will avoid pulling and you will not damage the USB-C port of your DualSense.

And when spending, it is also interesting that you buy a model that has nylon coating. They are a bit more expensive, but well worth the extra cost. These cables withstand friction much better, so the rubber will not undo after months if you use it a lot.

UGREEN USB-C to USB-C 100W

If you opt for a USB-C to USB-C model, this UGREEN cable is of very good quality and has a very reasonable price. affordable. It will serve you both to play and to take advantage of the fast charging of your mobile phone or any other device that can be charged through this connector, such as a MacBook. This cable can also be purchased with the 90 degree angled connector if you prefer.

Rampow USB-A to USB-C

If you prefer a more versatile connector, another brand that gives very good results is Rampow. this wire is something more affordable than the previous one and it has also more than proved to be a product of much the quality. You can choose the color of the cable to give it extra personalization.

Bluetooth connection

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The other option you have to use your DualSense on your computer is by Bluetooth.

It is done in the following way:

  • Turn on your computer and go to Configuration.
  • Enter the option Bluetooth and other devices.
  • Locate the option ‘Add Bluetooth or other device’.
  • Press at the same time the PS and Share button (Share).
  • The lights on the controller will begin to blink.
  • Click now on ‘Add Bluetooth or other device’.
  • Locate the remote in the list of options to be displayed.
  • You accept And that’s it, you already have your controller fully configured.

It may happen that your computer does not have Bluetooth. It may seem strange, but if you have a piece-built PC, forgetting Bluetooth is more common than it seems.

In this case, we recommend two options. It depends on how handy you are, choose one or the other:

TP-Link UB500 – Bluetooth 5.0 adapter

This device is very basic and will allow you to add Bluetooth connectivity to any desktop or laptop computer easily and without having to install drivers in a complicated way. is totally plug play and very discreet. His range obviously isn’t amazing, but it’s good enough that you can play the game without any issues.

TP-Link Archer TX50E

Although there are many more options, the alternative for handymen with desktop computers is to install a PCI Express card with Bluetooth connectivity.

This combines Wi-Fi 6 with Bluetooth 5.0. Installing it is not too complicated if you know how to get your hands on your PC, and the advantage of this option is that you will have much more coverage thanks to the antennas. Yes, you have to install drivers handy and you may not need Wi-Fi connectivity. Hence, if this option seems difficult to you, we invite you to do the previous one, which is much cheaper and also works very well.

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PS5 DualSense vs Xbox Gamepad: Which is the better controller for a gaming PC

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Sony and Microsoft own the two biggest console franchises ever, and both the company’s controllers are some of the best to play games with because of their ergonomics, durability, and amazing features. Both the Playstation DualSense and Xbox Gamepad are incredible and can exponentially improve one’s gaming experience.

One of the best advantages of PC gaming is the ability to use whichever gamepad you want. Although Windows does not support all gamepads natively, there are many trusted third-party softwares that add compatibility for any controller in-game. This article will discuss which of the two is best for PC gamers.

Both controllers have a ton of features and native compatibility with PC

It has been nearly two years since the release of the latest generation of consoles, and with them came a new generation of controllers as well, which was a huge bonus for PC gamers. Both the companies have made quality improvements over the previous generation, with better designs that not only have immersive features but also feel more premium.

Price

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best, controller, 2023, digital, foundry, buyer

best, controller, 2023, digital, foundry, buyer

best, controller, 2023, digital, foundry, buyer

Both the devices are moderately priced by the companies. The PS5 DualSense costs 69.99 whereas the Xbox Gamepad costs 59.99. The pro version of the Xbox Gamepad, the Elite Series 2, costs a staggering 179.99 and offers significant customization and features. However, both devices are heavily discounted from time to time.

Compatibility

The Xbox Gamepad is plug-and-play on PCs and does not require any setup. Most games on PC also have in-built compatibility with the Xbox controller and the ability to remap buttons.

It also works wirelessly via Bluetooth, which also does not require any setup other than the initial connection. Since it has native compatibility, a good number of buttons can be remapped using the Xbox Accessories app.

Although the PS5 DualSense is compatible with PCs, it does not have full compatibility. Some features are missing, such as the adaptive triggers and the controller’s audio jack. However, this is being worked on, and more games are adding support for these features.

Steam has support for DualSense, but some non-Steam games will detect this controller as an Xbox Gamepad, which will limit the use of its unique features. It can also be connected wirelessly via Bluetooth.

Design

Xbox head Phil Spencer has complimented Playstation’s DualSense controller, and suggested that it might inspire Microsoft to add features to its own controller

The Xbox Gamepad has a straightforward design that has been approved by many. It fits snuggly in most hands and its analog sticks are designed to reach thumbs effortlessly.

It has added grip on the sides and the rear, and the D-pad has received an upgrade, similar to the Xbox Elite Series 2. The buttons feel tactile and have great durability, making the controller a perfect long-term investment.

DualSense has an improved design over the DualShock 4 with a bigger touchpad, an embedded light strip, and a white color scheme. However, a new black version is now available.

It also has a grippy surface with many small icons of the ‘X’, circle, square, and triangle buttons all over the controller to add to the design. The only downside of DualSense is that it has mediocre battery life.

Features

DualSense takes the win in terms of features, but the worst part is that the best features are not supported on the PC wirelessly. However, when using it via a USB-C cable, most features work as intended.

Adaptive triggers, immersive haptic feedback, an in-built speaker, an in-built microphone, an intuitive touchpad, and RGB lighting are all unique features that are not found in other gamepads.

The Xbox Gamepad does not have many unique features, but the ones that it does, it executes them perfectly, such as the D-pad, share button, audio jack, and more. The Xbox controller can decrease input lag through a new Dynamic Latency Input technology used by the company.

Verdict

For modern features, the PS5 DualSense is the best option, but for versatility and battery life, nothing is better than the Xbox Gamepad. However, it all comes down to preference and there is no clear winner here.

Q: Which controller is more comfortable to use for extended gaming sessions on PC?

A: Comfort can be subjective, and it largely depends on personal preference. Both the PS5 DualSense and Xbox Gamepad have ergonomic designs that cater to different hand sizes and grip styles. You may want to try both controllers to determine which one feels more comfortable for you during long gaming sessions.

Q: Are there any third-party controllers that can compete with the PS5 DualSense and Xbox Gamepad?

A: Yes, there are several third-party controllers available in the market that offer a variety of features and designs. Some popular options include the 8BitDo SN30 Pro, the Razer Wolverine V2, and the Scuf Prestige. However, when it comes to the overall experience, the PS5 DualSense and Xbox Gamepad are generally considered to be the best options for PC gaming.

Q: Can I use my controller wirelessly with my gaming PC?

A: Both the PS5 DualSense and Xbox Gamepad support wireless connectivity via Bluetooth. You can easily connect them to your PC and enjoy a wireless gaming experience. However, it is important to note that some of DualSense’s unique features might not be available when using the controller wirelessly on a PC.

Q: How can I ensure the best performance with my chosen controller on my gaming PC?

A: To get the most out of your gamepad, ensure that your gaming PC has the latest drivers installed for the same. Also, keep the controller‘s firmware updated to enjoy the latest features and improvements. For the PS5 DualSense, using a USB-C cable can help you access its unique features on a PC.

Q: Can I customize the button layout on the PS5 DualSense and Xbox Gamepad controllers?

A: Yes, you can customize the button layout on both controllers. The Xbox Accessories app allows you to remap the buttons on the Xbox Gamepad. For the PS5 DualSense, Steam offers native support for button customization, although some non-Steam games may detect DualSense as an Xbox Gamepad, limiting customization options.

Q: How long is the battery life for the PS5 DualSense and Xbox Gamepad controllers?

A: The Xbox Gamepad has a longer battery life compared to the PS5 DualSense. The exact battery life varies depending on usage, but generally, the Xbox Gamepad outperforms the PS5 DualSense in this aspect. However, the DualSense compensates with its unique and immersive features, making the choice between the two controllers a matter of personal preference.

Q: Are there any controller-exclusive games or features that I can only enjoy on a specific controller?

A: While there are some console-exclusive games that may be designed with a particular controller in mind, most PC games can be played with either the PS5 DualSense or Xbox Gamepad. As for features, the PS5 DualSense offers unique options like adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, which may not be available on all PC games, but more titles are gradually adding support for these features.

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