Best PC Controller: From Gamepads To Flight Sticks And More

Mice and keyboards might be made for PCs, but sometimes you just want (or need) a controller for your ideal playing experience.


As a primarily console player, I completely understand that sometimes playing a PC game with a mouse and keyboard can seem daunting. Heck, sometimes it's not even about the difficulty--sometimes playing with a controller is just a more comfortable experience for the genre of game. So having a gamepad controller on hand can be nice. If you're in the market for a good PC controller, you have several different first- and third-party options. The following choices are our picks for the 10 best PC controllers.

There's no hidden meaning behind the organization of this list. Every controller is listed in the order that they were thought of. Where it makes sense, we'll mention when we think one controller might be better for a specific type of game. However, for the most part, the gamepads that are listed here can be used for all types of PC games, whether they're high-action competitive shooters or relaxing choice-driven adventures, and everything in-between. We also go over flight sticks, racing wheels, and other controllers designed for unique gaming situations.

If you're looking for console controllers, make sure to check out our lists of the best PS5 controllers (we also have one for PS4), best Xbox controllers, and best Nintendo Switch controllers.

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