If you’re out looking for that new PS4 controller, then I highly suggest fighting the urge to rush out and spend the better part of $60 on an official pad. There’s a plethora of sweet alternatives to choose from. Even though your wallet may thank you for spending less on a cheap controller that gets the job done, more hardcore gamers should look beyond the average DualShock 4. The growing selection of pro PS4 controllers are the better choice for truly competitive gamers.
Whatever type of controller you’re looking for, there are several alternatives to the DualShock 4, some cost much more than the official pad, but there are a few cheaper options that get the job done as well. In this article we’ve compiled the 5 best PS4 controllers you can buy for $30 to $200, and comb over some key features that seperate a pro contoller from a standard one.
1.) RAZER RAIJU
Razer’s Raiju pad can give you the gaming gains you’re looking for. It’s a bit more bulky than the standard DualShock 4, mimicing the feel of an Xbox One controller but keeping Sony’s button layout. All the buttons have a pleasing click to them, and the directional pad is made up of individual buttons instead of a floating pad under the surface like in the DualShock 4.
The thumbsticks are extremely responsive; the touchpad is familiar to use; and the hair triggers provide a flawless amount of sensitivity. Razer has also added four mappable buttons – two on the underside and two next to the shoulder buttons – so pro players never have to move their thumbs from the sticks to hit the pad’s face buttons. It’s costly, but for those wanting to get the most from their PS4 gaming without all the bells and whistles of a fully customisable controller, Razer’s Raiju is basically perfect!
2.) NACON REVOLUTION PRO
If forking out $150 isn’t an investment you’re willing to make, Nacon’s Revolution Pro is the best on the market for those needing more than Sony’s official controller can offer without slaying your wallet. Nacon’s pad uses the same layout as an Xbox One controller and, if you can look past it’s fat face buttons, floating d-pad and strangely placed mappable buttons, the Revolution Pro is a great to use. The thumbsticks are tight and responsive, the buttons have a nice click to them, and with a matte finish it’s still easy to hold after long gaming sessions or if you just have sweaty hands. It even comes with changeable weights so you can tweak the controller to feel perfect in your hands.
3.) SCUF INFINITY 4PS
If it’s complete control over controller weight, stick length, button layout, trigger sensitivity and more you’re after, you can’t go wrong with Scuf’s Infinity 4PS controller. It might look like a DualShock 4, but the Infinity 4PS can be so customized that almost nothing is impossible. It boasts rear-mounted mappable paddles, adjustable trigger depths and even extending trigger arms. As if that’s not enough, every Scuf pad can come with its patented “military grade” grip or “pro” grip coating to ensure that after hours of gameplay and with sweaty hands, this controller won’t slip. And the cherry on top, this is the only pro-level pad in this lineup that’s utterly wireless like the DualShock 4.
4.) SONY DUALSHOCK 4
At times there’s nothing better than the original Sony DualShock 4 controller. As the official controller, it doesn’t get any better for those looking for a general PlayStation 4 pad to use. It’s comfortable, responsive, and charges with a micro-USB connection. New versions of DualShock 4 allow for data transfer by USB, so those looking for that lower latency can plug it in and play wired instead. It also features a rechargeable battery and can be used as a Bluetooth controller for your Android tablet or PC too!
5.) GATOR CLAW
The Gator Claw is an alternative to the DualShock if you only want a controller for half the price. It’s by no means perfect with it’s non-working touchpad, and Xbox style button layout. Some say that it doesn’t work with Sony’s latest firmware while other claim to have no problems. As with all cheap pads, the money you save is a bit of a gamble, but if you’re looking for a second controller then it’s worth considering. If you can find it at a bargain price, then it’s easier to overlook the shortcomings.