By Jim Jones
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Call of Duty: Warzone is one of the hottest FPS titles for the newest generation of consoles, as well as for PC. Not only does it offer the ability to play games cross-platform, but it brings in the addition of aim assist to the PC version. This now makes it possible for PC gamers to use either the traditional mouse and keyboard or a controller, without being put at a marked disadvantage.
In the past, the keyboard and mouse setups have had the advantage, mostly due to their insane accuracy and relentless speed. However, with the three different types of aim assist that Warzone introduces, controllers have become an extremely viable option.
You might think that picking a controller would be easy, that you just pick one that looks like it will fit your hand and gaming style adequately, and let the chips fall where they may, right? Wrong. And picking out a controller like that could saddle you with a controller that is hard to use, difficult to adapt to, and leads to loss after loss.
Making sure you have the right controller is just like picking out any other gear you use, you need to make sure that it’s right for how you game. Whether you need a controller that you can use for days without plugging in or a controller that you can mod until your gaming heart’s content, everyone is looking for the one that will bring their digital performance to the next level.
Here we’ve assembled ten of the absolute best pro-quality controllers that you can buy and do a breakdown of how they can each be best used on the battlefield.
The Pictek PS4 Controller features a layout that is unique, and more reminiscent of an Xbox controller, having the analog stick and directional pad flipped from their usual position. This allows the user to keep a smaller angle between the hand and the thumb, leading to less hand strain, less fatigue, and longer user.
The Pictek PS4 Controller operates wirelessly and has an internal 1300mAh battery, one of the largest battery capacities that are available in wireless controllers. It can also be synced to any PS4, PC, or Android device, and drop you into any one of many different games.
For gamers that love PC, but hate small and delicate controllers, the Pictek PS4 Controller will probably make your day. The strong attention given to the larger controller frame is more reminiscent of an Xbox controller, which can make it more comfortable to hold over longer sessions.
- + 16-hour operation time
- + Linear trigger
- + Turbo button
- – Non-standard PS4 layout
The eSwap Pro Controller from Thrustmaster is one of the most easily customized controllers out there, and the hot-swappable modules can be instantly changed out to accommodate your play style. A particularly valuable controller for those that play a diverse array of games that need more flexible controller options, the eSwap Pro Controller is a competition-grade gem.
The build quality of the eSwap Pro Controller is relatively exceptional, and it feels extremely solid in your hands. The buttons have a clear click feeling and the analog sticks are tested to over 2 million activations. To keep your connection steady, there is a robust braided cable that can be completely removed for storage or replacement.
To provide the perfect customization environment, the controller can be fine-tuned with the free Thrustmapper software. The eSwap Pro Controller is compatible with PS4 as well as PC, though the Thrustmapper software can only be utilized on Windows 10.
- + Thrustmapper adds additional customization
- + Modules add endless function and visual options
- – Very large controller
Razer is one of the most well-known names in the computing peripheral and control industry, and the Razer Wolverine V2 is just another reason why. The Razer Wolverine V2 makes a comfortable Xbox Series X controller feel and layout accessible to players on a PC. The Razer Wolverine V2 has a very comfortable feel in the hands, and the updated shape of the grips allows an easier reach of the controls without overextension or hand strain.
The Mecha-Tactile buttons and directional pad give an unquestionable tactile response with a smooth, cushioned touch. The actuation distance is only 0.65mm, which is more than 30% shorter than some other high-end controllers. The two additional multi-buttons on the back add additional functionality without the need to move fingers or change grips.
- + Hair trigger mode cuts actuation distance on the triggers
- + Mecha-tactile action buttons & d-pad
- + Multi-function buttons on the back
- – While ergonomic, the controls are relatively small for the frame, leaving what feels like a lot of space between the sticks, pads, and buttons.
Scuf is a company that has made a name for itself in the competitive controller space, and they are a brand with nearly no equal alternatives, in terms of quality and performance. The Scuf Prestige is an epic competition-grade Xbox Series X-style controller with a host of options you can’t get with other models.
The Scuf Prestige can operate both as a wired controller or as a wireless controller with a 30 hour battery, finally getting rid of the constant need for AA batteries. The signature Scuf grip is a rubberized grip that not only stays comfy but provides a non-slip texture.
The controls on the Scuf Prestige are designed to reduce response times and latency while being ergonomic and reducing hand movement as much as possible as well. The controller itself is rather light compared to other controllers, which makes long gaming sessions even more productive and comfortable.
- + 30 hour battery
- + Wired/wireless operation
- + 4 programmable paddles on the back for increased effectiveness.
- – Quick shift trigger stops are difficult to actuate in the heat of the moment if a change is needed
The Scuf Impact is the PS4 version of the top-tier Scuf competitive-grade controller and comes with many of the same features as the newer Prestige series. The Scuf Impact includes the four rear paddles, that can activate any of the four action buttons.
The advanced trigger control system gives you the customization you need to perfect your trigger game. Using the included key, both the trigger stop points and reducing the latency of a trigger pull, making your hair trigger even deadlier. There are even optional and removable trigger extenders, to give you a little more wiggle room in the heat of the moment.
The extensive options for visual customization are one of the other great things about Scuf controllers, and the Scuf Impact in particular. Each one is hand-built, so you can choose the color and style of just about any component involved in the build.
- + Swappable thumbsticks and impact rings
- + Different grip options
- + Extremely customizable
- – Paddles can be remapped, but at extra cost
- – Trigger customizing is complicated and takes some time
The Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition is a pro-grade controller in the Xbox One style and is compatible with the Xbox One, the Xbox Series X, and PC. The advanced degree of customization that the Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition allows really makes it one of the better entry-level pro controllers out there.
The ease of use of the Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition is second to none. The toggles to activate hair trigger sensitivity is easy to hit, even in the middle of a firefight, and reduce the trigger travel so that your shots come off quicker. There are also 4 fully remappable buttons so that when you need that extra bit of flexibility, you have it literally at your fingertips.
The Xbox and PC software allow you to customize just about any aspect of the controller that you need to, from the button assignments that include more than 500 preset schemes, to the Razer Chroma RGB lighting effects that will turn heads while you play. You can even adjust the sensitivity clutch and the vibration strength.
- + Hair trigger mode is super easy to activate
- + Razer Chroma adds stunning RGB effects
- – No wireless functionality
The Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller is Nacon’s answer to the need for a PS4-style esports-grade pro controller. The Revolution Unlimited is fully customizable and includes both chat and wireless audio by default. It can be used with both the PS4 as well as PC.
The thumb sticks can be changed out for any other style, concave, convex, differing heights, different shaft diameters, and more. The handles include compartments to add weights so that your controller is perfectly adjusted to your needs. The backlighting of the button and stick illumination can even be changed to suit your preferences.
- + Programmable buttons
- + RGB effects
- + Wired or wireless operation modes
- – Relatively plain appearance
- – 1300mah battery stated to last about 7 hours
The PowerA Fusion Pro Wired is a super-solid pro controller that gives you all the functionality of an esports controller with an Xbox layout, plus four remappable paddles for fingertip activation, three-way trigger locks, and swappable and replaceable parts. Compatible with Xbox One and PC.
The rubber grips let you play for hours without your hands getting sweaty, and the snap-lock USB cable makes sure you have a robust hardline connection to your system. The magnetic impulse triggers are able to provide precision tactile feedback, fully immersing you in the game. The protective case keeps your PowerA Fusion Pro Wired controller safe while on the go.
- + Paddles can be remapped on the fly
- + Trigger locks give a shorter throw for quicker action
- + Detachable braided snap-lock cable
- – Only available in a wired play mode
If you are an Xbox user and you’ve been on the hunt for a new controller, check out the wireless Xbox Elite Series 2. This sturdy controller has some great new features, such as adjustable-tension thumbsticks, Bluetooth, and they are rechargeable. If you’ve been wary of Xbox due to the cost of replacing the batteries, this could be a game changer for you.
One of the things that gamers love about this controller is how comfortable it is in their hands. It is lighter in weight and has rubberized grips that wrap all the way around to its thumbs. You can spend hours gaming and have no problems. Overall, all of the perks of this controller definitely make it worth the money.
- + Rechargeable battery
- + Bluetooth connectivity
- – Expensive
Video game controllers have always been available in very few colors and patterns. You can get neutrals, blue, red, and camouflage, but those are the main varieties that you can choose from. While they are the best, there are definitely going to be some pros and cons, so you’ll want to weigh those to see if this would be the right fit for you.
You can go with something as simple as choosing a controller in your favorite color or you can get crazy and customize the buttons, joysticks, and the body of the controller itself. While their controllers ensure that you have exactly what look you are going for, you will be dropping a pretty penny to get a high-quality controller that is fully customized. Despite the price, they are simply the best.
- + Tons of colors and patterns to choose from
- + Unique options such as smart paddles and transparent stick bases
- – Expensive when you pick multiple customizations
There is a pro controller for everyone, and while each controller on our list had something special about it, there is enough overlap that you shouldn’t have to worry about picking the absolutely perfect one. Keep an eye on your favorite layout, consider your preferences for wired versus wireless play and your potential need for remappable paddles, and you should be able to pick a controller that will help you thoroughly dominate.