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Best Game Controller for PC? what do YOU think?

Planetary
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Hi all,

always played games with keyboard and mouse, and, let's say, it was ... adequate. 

Recently i stumbled over some games where controller was recommended (almost unplayable (for me) with keyboard and mouse) and I borrowed some noname controller just to find out it's much easier with the controller than with k&m. Before I buy a new controller myself I wonder what controller would be the best for PC games.
So your advice is much appreciated! What controller do you use and why?

Thanx in advance for your advice / suggestions / response!

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Saw the post and thought I'd chime in ... I'm not a professional gamer and won't be in any tournaments anytime soon.  However, ... I love gaming.

IMHO there's something incredibly significant about substance and quality tools.  You just *feel* the difference.  It's much like choosing between a subcompact car because it's more affordable/economic or going for the full-sized SUV with all the luxury features package.  Are you looking at the budget or are you looking for solid performance?

Personally, I tend to prefer my components wired, only after wireless devices crapping out on me in the middle of play.  Just my personal preference.  Currently, I'm playing with the Razer Wolverine Ultimate on my portable system (m15 R4) and the Xbox Elite V2 on my primary system (Aurora R11).  Both are premium controllers with great customization options, but if I could only have one, it would be the Xbox Elite V2, just because of how it *feels* in my hands.

My suggestion is to go out to a computer retailer with a broad selection of accessories and pick them up, roll the joysticks around, press buttons, there will be a fit for you and your style.  You can feel the difference between the economy models and the premium *tools*.  I wouldn't invest in such an accessory without side-by-side comparisons and feeling them first.

It's our opposable thumbs and ability to fashion tools which puts us at the very top of the food chain.


Planetary
Gaymer49426 said: 5h

Saw the post and thought I'd chime in ... I'm not a professional gamer and won't be in any tournaments anytime soon.  However, ... I love gaming.

IMHO there's something incredibly significant about substance and quality tools.  You just *feel* the difference.  It's much like choosing between a subcompact car because it's more affordable/economic or going for the full-sized SUV with all the luxury features package.  Are you looking at the budget or are you looking for solid performance?

Personally, I tend to prefer my components wired, only after wireless devices crapping out on me in the middle of play.  Just my personal preference.  Currently, I'm playing with the Razer Wolverine Ultimate on my portable system (m15 R4) and the Xbox Elite V2 on my primary system (Aurora R11).  Both are premium controllers with great customization options, but if I could only have one, it would be the Xbox Elite V2, just because of how it *feels* in my hands.

My suggestion is to go out to a computer retailer with a broad selection of accessories and pick them up, roll the joysticks around, press buttons, there will be a fit for you and your style.  You can feel the difference between the economy models and the premium *tools*.  I wouldn't invest in such an accessory without side-by-side comparisons and feeling them first.

It's our opposable thumbs and ability to fashion tools which puts us at the very top of the food chain.

Hey, thanx a lot for your great reply! I will definitely try out your suggestions! And its a great idea with the store!

thanx again!


Planetary

Personally I use a ps3 controller (wired to pc) coz I have smol hands :D

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Planetary
DblH3liX said: 1h

Personally I use a ps3 controller coz I have smol hands :D

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OK laugh
Thanx for your reply!


I agree 100% with Gaymer49426, you should go to store and touch the controllers you are thinking about. I too use the XBOX Elite V2. It feels a little small to me but not so much that I would be uncomfortable using it. It has been well worth the $ I paid for it.


Planetary
DZMills1598 said: 41m

I agree 100% with Gaymer49426, you should go to store and touch the controllers you are thinking about. I too use the XBOX Elite V2. It feels a little small to me but not so much that I would be uncomfortable using it. It has been well worth the $ I paid for it.

Thanx so much for your advice!

Seem MS Xbox Elite v2 is a fine piece of Hardware. Will definitely try that one!


Any of the Xbox controllers are probably the right answer, since they should have no issues connecting to a Windows PC and they should have excellent build quality - but are backed by Microsoft's hassle-free warranty if you should get a dud (which happens).  I don't know that the Elite Series (V1 or V2) is worth the hefty price tag - especially if you don't see yourself taking advantage of the extra features.  I'd suggest buying a standard controller first and, if you like the way it feels but you want those added features, then upgrade to an Elite Series at a later date.

As an alternative, you could get something from 8BitDo.  They offer controllers in both Xbox and Playstation form factors, but with vastly superior D-pads that are modeled after the classic Nintendo D-pad.  Not really a big deal for most games, where you just navigate menus, swap weapons/abilities, or activate powers with the D-pad, but if you play a lot of 2D platformers or fighting games then this would be the D-pad you want for that tight precision.

If budget is a concern, you could always go with an imitation Xbox controllers, like something from PowerA or EasySMX.  They won't be built as solidly, and you're more likely to get experience issues with them - anything from stick drift to squeaky thumbsticks to sticking bumpers/triggers - but, depending on your region, you should be able to get one of those for around $25-30.  Personally, I'd just wait until Black Friday sales and grab an official Xbox controller for possibly as low as $40 from your preferred big box retailer.

But, yeah, as others said, if possible, you really want to get some "hands on" time with anything you're considering to make sure it feels comfortable to you.


Planetary
MisterMephisto said: 14h

Any of the Xbox controllers are probably the right answer, since they should have no issues connecting to a Windows PC and they should have excellent build quality - but are backed by Microsoft's hassle-free warranty if you should get a dud (which happens).  I don't know that the Elite Series (V1 or V2) is worth the hefty price tag - especially if you don't see yourself taking advantage of the extra features.  I'd suggest buying a standard controller first and, if you like the way it feels but you want those added features, then upgrade to an Elite Series at a later date.

As an alternative, you could get something from 8BitDo.  They offer controllers in both Xbox and Playstation form factors, but with vastly superior D-pads that are modeled after the classic Nintendo D-pad.  Not really a big deal for most games, where you just navigate menus, swap weapons/abilities, or activate powers with the D-pad, but if you play a lot of 2D platformers or fighting games then this would be the D-pad you want for that tight precision.

If budget is a concern, you could always go with an imitation Xbox controllers, like something from PowerA or EasySMX.  They won't be built as solidly, and you're more likely to get experience issues with them - anything from stick drift to squeaky thumbsticks to sticking bumpers/triggers - but, depending on your region, you should be able to get one of those for around $25-30.  Personally, I'd just wait until Black Friday sales and grab an official Xbox controller for possibly as low as $40 from your preferred big box retailer.

But, yeah, as others said, if possible, you really want to get some "hands on" time with anything you're considering to make sure it feels comfortable to you.

Hey!
Thanx so much for your response!

Ah yes, have not even look at the prices for the Xbox Elite already, but I almost was sure the Elite is one of the most expensive.
So thanx a lot for those alternatives! Will check them out as well.

Also I just wonder now that noone is using playstation controllers, as there should be many who have PC and PS? (maybe im wrong?)

About the Nintendo D-Pad derivates (i never played any Nintendo): are those more accurate as you write thight precision? Because thats exactly what i want use the controller for? I also read somewhere that third-party controller (xbox) replica even have delay in reaction compared to the originals (Elite). Any experience with that?

 


Boandlkroma said: 10h

Hey!
Thanx so much for your response!

Ah yes, have not even look at the prices for the Xbox Elite already, but I almost was sure the Elite is one of the most expensive.
So thanx a lot for those alternatives! Will check them out as well.

Also I just wonder now that noone is using playstation controllers, as there should be many who have PC and PS? (maybe im wrong?)

About the Nintendo D-Pad derivates (i never played any Nintendo): are those more accurate as you write thight precision? Because thats exactly what i want use the controller for? I also read somewhere that third-party controller (xbox) replica even have delay in reaction compared to the originals (Elite). Any experience with that?

 

Yeah, the Elite Series is pricey.  Some of the extra features - the swappable components and the paddles - are nice, but I don't think they really justify the expense.  If you don't need those features then I'd recommend just going with a standard Xbox controller.

Playstation controllers always took a little extra work to make work with Steam (I don't believe that's the case anymore, though I don't know if that's true for the Dual Sense, or if the controller works but without all the extra features the controller offers) and I think a lot of people just preferred the stick layout of the Xbox controllers, since it was was dominant console back when it was the Xbox 360 vs the PS3.  I definitely preferred the Xbox controller because it had better thumbsticks (with the caps being concave rather than convex, like the DualShock 3) and vastly superior triggers.  And it just felt better in hand.  And while Sony made major improvements with the DualShock 4, the Xbox still had better feeling triggers and feels more natural in my hands.

Yeah, I would say the traditional Nintendo D-pad design is more precise and better for platformers and fighting games.  It has the simple "+" shape, you're less likely to press up or down when you want to pretty straight forward/backward or left/right.  Unless you have big, meaty thumbs.  (It should be noted that Sony's D-pad on the Playstation controllers are pretty close, though, and some of the Xbox controllers - like the Xbox One controller and the Elite Series, which has a swappable D-pad, do use the same simple +-shaped design.  But you may have a hard time finding an Xbox One controller, unless you buy used, and the Elite Series models with the swappable pad are, again, on the expensive side.)

As for latency, I haven't experienced any of those issues, though whenever I've bought off-brand controllers, I always stuck to wired.  Because, yeah, wireless models from cheaper brands are prone to having latency issues.  It's not guaranteed, as some of those brands are still half-decent, but they cut corners somewhere to make their controllers cheaper; sometimes it's build quality, sometimes it's the wireless connectivity.


Planetary

Yeah, the Elite Series is pricey.  Some of the extra features - the swappable components and the paddles - are nice, but I don't think they really justify the expense.  If you don't need those features then I'd recommend just going with a standard Xbox controller.

Playstation controllers always took a little extra work to make work with Steam (I don't believe that's the case anymore, though I don't know if that's true for the Dual Sense, or if the controller works but without all the extra features the controller offers) and I think a lot of people just preferred the stick layout of the Xbox controllers, since it was was dominant console back when it was the Xbox 360 vs the PS3.  I definitely preferred the Xbox controller because it had better thumbsticks (with the caps being concave rather than convex, like the DualShock 3) and vastly superior triggers.  And it just felt better in hand.  And while Sony made major improvements with the DualShock 4, the Xbox still had better feeling triggers and feels more natural in my hands.

Yeah, I would say the traditional Nintendo D-pad design is more precise and better for platformers and fighting games.  It has the simple "+" shape, you're less likely to press up or down when you want to pretty straight forward/backward or left/right.  Unless you have big, meaty thumbs.  (It should be noted that Sony's D-pad on the Playstation controllers are pretty close, though, and some of the Xbox controllers - like the Xbox One controller and the Elite Series, which has a swappable D-pad, do use the same simple +-shaped design.  But you may have a hard time finding an Xbox One controller, unless you buy used, and the Elite Series models with the swappable pad are, again, on the expensive side.)

As for latency, I haven't experienced any of those issues, though whenever I've bought off-brand controllers, I always stuck to wired.  Because, yeah, wireless models from cheaper brands are prone to having latency issues.  It's not guaranteed, as some of those brands are still half-decent, but they cut corners somewhere to make their controllers cheaper; sometimes it's build quality, sometimes it's the wireless connectivity.

Thanx so much this is very useful!

I will definitely check the Nintendo D-Pad too.

And the hint with wireless controller having the latency, is very heplful too, i guess i stick with the cable as well.

thanx so much for your time!

Cheers

 

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