Best PS4 Controller In 2022

Here are the best PS4 controllers still worth picking up in 2022.


The PS4 is technically outdated tech at this point, but most major game releases still find their way to the PlayStation 4 in addition to the PS5--at least for now. Plus, if you're playing PS4 games on PS5, you can save some cash by picking up extra PlayStation 4 controllers for multiplayer rather than shelling out for $70+ DualSense controllers. Additionally, the DualShock 4 and other PS4 controllers are still wonderful options for gaming on PC or mobile devices. With that said, we've rounded up the best PS4 controllers in 2022.

The first-party DualShock 4 still remains one of the best PS4 controller options for its affordable price, wide range of colors, and familiar, comfortable fit. It's proven to be one of the most popular and reliable controllers for experiencing all the best PS4 games--especially since all it takes is the push of a button to share incredible moments like a hilarious glitch or beating a Bloodborne boss without getting touched. But the DualShock 4 isn't the only PS4 controller worth considering.

The DualShock 4 is a great pad, but when you look at what Microsoft has done with the best Xbox controllers, it can feel a little disappointing not having an official PS4 Elite controller on par with the Elite Series 2. Sony did release a back-button accessory last year that maps two of the DualShock 4's buttons and lets you keep your thumbs on the analog sticks when you want to crouch, jump, reload, or anything in between, but it doesn't bridge the gap entirely. However, there's no shortage of third-party PS4 controllers that offer unique features for enhancing your gaming experience, with excellent options available from Scuf, Razer, and more.

If you've managed to snag a PS5, make sure to check out our roundups of the best PS5 controllers and best PS5 accessories. We also have lists covering the best PlayStation gaming headsets and the best keyboard and mouse combos for PlayStation.

Editor's Note: Article updated on June 21, 2022. Some of the controllers on this list are hard to find in new condition. Since new PS4 controllers aren't being manufactured, stock is low across the board. You may have to settle for a preowned controller. That said, you can still get multiple DualShock 4 color options in brand-new condition.

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