The best PS4 controllers will give you the performance edge that you need to outlast and outwit your opponents.
Tournament-grade controllers like the TCP Ultimate II is a good example of such a controller. It’s equipped with a wide assortment of features that help improve your gaming performance. The fact that it’s still based on the classic DualShock 4 PS4 controller is a huge bonus. This helps lessen the adjustment and learning curve once you’ve switched over to using it.
With that said, there are plenty of PS4 controllers worth buying on the market.
Below is a list of 5 of the best PS4 controllers that you can buy right now that you can use on your PlayStation 4.
Nacon’s not exactly a new name in the gaming controller industry. The company has made numerous attempts at making controllers for consoles and PC already. However, the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller ranks as one of the best they’ve ever made.
Wait. Scratch that. This gaming controller is one of the best PS4 controllers available.
One of the many advantages that this PS4 controller has over others is its design and customizability. Yes, it remains a PS4 controller at heart. The main difference is that it sports the same ergonomic layout of the Xbox One Elite controller. That’s not all. This gaming controller takes everything a step further.
What separates this gaming controller from the rest is it’s designed with a gamer’s sweaty hands in mind. Because of this, Nacon used a grippy material on the backside. This prevents the controller from slipping at crucial times.
As a bonus, this gaming controller even comes with dedicated mic and volume controllers. Both are also conveniently located on the rear side of the controller.
Looks, ergonomics, and functionality, this gaming controller has all of that down pat.
This gaming controller even comes with customizable buttons on the rear, swappable analog sticks, and additional weight. All of these are tailored to help gamers customize their gameplay experience.
If you prefer a Microsoft-based design for your PS4 controller, the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller is a no-brainer of a choice.
- Multiple customization options
- Asymmetrical stick layout
- Not user-friendly
The Astro Gaming C4 TR controller is one of the more expensive gaming controllers on the market.
Astro designed this controller specifically for professional gamers. It’s built with hardcore gamers in mind.
This is why this controller uses a combination of brushed metal and a matte-finish material to create a clean and sleek finish that’s notably missing all of that noise and flashiness commonly found on other controllers.
What it lacks in “loud” design, the C40 TR makes up for in functionality.
Case in point, it has a modular design. You can switch out the D-pad and analog to fit your preferences better. Like, for example, if you prefer to have a more asymmetrical design similar to that of Microsoft’s line of Xbox controllers. However, in addition to switching the layout, you can also choose to use a convex or concave finish for your analog stick so you can decide how much control you can have in-game.
Every level of customization that you need for this controller is all included. Everything comes in the travel case. This makes customizing the controller on-the-go easy.
Unfortunately, one of the biggest issues with the C40 TR is its price.
It’s easily one of the most expensive controllers out there, and while having that much customization is awesome, not everyone can make full use of it.
If you are one of the few who can take advantage of the level of customization the C40 TR offers, then it’s well worth the price.
Otherwise, you might want to check out other more affordable options.
- Premium feels
- Highly customizable
- Works just as well in wired and wireless mode
- Not for smaller hands
The TCP Ultimate II is what the original DualShock 4 would be if it was on steroids.
This custom designed and personalized DualShock 4 controller comes with everything that The Controller People has to offer.
This includes :
- ClickSticks – These are customizable two switches conveniently located on the back of the controller
- Spring Stop Triggers (SST) – Two-customizable L2 or R2 buttons for better accuracy when shooting in FPS titles
- Interchangeable Analogue System (IAS) – Lets you customize the height of your thumbsticks and the grip anytime you want
- Splash Grip – For better comfort and control during intense gaming sessions
- DexiDisk – For better precision and control, especially with diagonal movements
The biggest issue with the TCP Ultimate II is its price and delivery timeline.
So long as you’re willing to wait, the premium is worth paying for. It’s argaubly the pinaccle of a tournament-grade controller for the PS4.
- Class-leading customization options
- Based on DualShock 4
- Optional extended warranty
- Responsive and sensitive
- Takes time to ship
The original Razer Raiju was an interesting if a frustrating attempt at creating a premium PS4 controller.
Razer’s insistence on sticking to wired-only gameplay and a bulky design for no apparent reason were the downfalls of Razer’s first attempt to create a PS4 controller for professional gamers.
Luckily, they went back to the drawing board. Razer took the bad out of the Raiju and improved the good. The result? The Razer Raiju Ultimate.
Razer didn’t exactly do away with the bulky design. Instead, they streamlined it. Admittedly, this is a decision made in good taste. Razer also finally added wireless play. This is another welcome decision and one of their more questionable ommissions previously. Also, the Raiju Ultimate is even more expensive than the pricey original Raiju was.
To be fair, the pricing makes sense.
Razer didn’t make the Raiju Ultimate based on the DualShock 4. Instead, it’s obvious that Razer copied a lot from Microsoft’s very successful Xbox Elite controller. Not only that, but Razer improves on the design too and adds its own premium touch. This includes including a heavy-duty carry case with each purchase, as well as extra thumbsticks and a D-pad.
Speaking of buttons, the Raiju Ultimate has customizable buttons too. In fact, it has four of them. Two you’ll find on the shoulders, while two more are found on the rear. However, Razer does something questionable once again by forcing you to use their app to re-program the buttons on the pad. But, if it’s any consolation, the app does let you make full use of the Raiju Ultimate’s lighting effects.
All in all, the Raiju Ultimate deserves its place as one of the best PS4 controllers on the market today.
- Razer Chroma
- Responsive and tactile buttons
- Premium build quality
- Spotty wireless functionality
The eSwap Pro Controller is one of the most divisive PS4 controllers on the market. It’s the best for those who don’t mind going through the multiple hurdles to make it work. However, for the majority that don’t, the eSwap Pro Controller is pretty much paperweight.
Why do we say that? Well, for starters, what separates this controller from others is the level of customization.
While other controllers do indeed let players swap out certain parts of their controllers, this PS4 controller lets players swap out the actual modules themselves. They can do this for whatever reason they want. It can be down to aesthetic preferences or functional. Either way, this controller was designed with customization and pro gamers in mind.
What also separates this PS4 controller from others is how it replaces the more traditional paddles commonly found on the rear with something that looks more like face buttons.
Basically, when you use this, you have access to 4 different customizable buttons that’s not as easy to press by mistake.
Once you’re done setting it up, this PS4 controller is actually great. The buttons feel solid and comfortable. The build quality is excellent too, as expected from one of the more underrated peripheral makers on the market.
Unfortunately, that therein lies the problem with this controller.
While the option to switch out multiple parts in real time is great, only a handful of people, pros included, will be willing to take advantage of this, especially since the process is not exactly convenient.
- Flexible and versatile
- Satisfying feel and feedback
- Comfortable to use
- Multiple layouts to choose from
- Customization isn’t exactly convenient
- Steep learning curve
- No wireless functionality
What PS4 Controllers Does the PS5 Support?
Technically, officially-licensed current-gen controllers will work on the PlayStation 5.
Naturally, this includes all 5 of the best PS4 controllers we rounded up on our list.
Unfortunately, as confirmed via the Sony FAQ, while officially-licensed PS4 controllers will work on the PlayStation 5, you can only use it on supported PlayStation 4 games. This means that your current PS4 controller is limited to use only on either the PS4 or the PC, as well as on backward-compatible PS4 titles on the PS5.
If it’s any consolation, nearly all PS4 titles are backward-compatible on the PlayStation 5.
Will the DualSense Work with the PS4?
This definitely doesn’t make sense. The DualShock 4 could be used on the PlayStation 3 and the DualShock 3 could be used on the PlayStation 4. As such, many expected the DualSense to work on the PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Curiously enough, many of those who received their DualSense early has confirmed that it can connect to the PlayStation 3.
Why the DualSense works with the PlayStation 3 and not on the PlayStation 4 is a question only Sony can answer.
Right now is one of the more confusing times to buy a PlayStation 4 controller.
Since Sony has already confirmed that a PlayStation 4 controller won’t work on PS5 titles, an investment now won’t be future-proof. However, if you think about it, it’s still worth it.
The thing is, the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 still has a couple of years of life left.
If you’re still using your old DualShock 4 controller, then you’re missing out on a couple of features.
With online multiplayer a significant part of the gaming experience, investing in a controller that lets you compete better makes a lot of sense.
You’ll find examples of such controllers above.
What do you think are the best PS4 controllers on the market today? Do you agree with our choices? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.