I've held every console controller from early 90's and it's been this for me so far
Wii U Pro > X1 controller > PS4 Controller. Wii U pad is a different situation.
Wii U Pro :
This is my favorite controller as it gives the most comfortable feeling and fits well in my hand. It feels this controller is best designed for shooter games. I've had blast playing Mass Effect 3 on it and I refuse to play it with any other controller.
Pros: -Sleek and shiny
-Best size and weight for gaming
-Battery doesn't die ( 80 hours? lol)
-Best controller for shooting games, the two analogs are lined together at the same level (the 2 analogs are reversed position to the buttons and pad compared to the PS4 controller
Cons: -Not enough shooter games to enjoy the controller further
-No headphone jack (this is a big for me)
X1 controller :
If Wii U pro scored 91, then this would be 90. I knew this is going to be my favorite the minute I held it. It grasps your hand very well it's very bulky and firm. Best analogs and triggers I've tried. Triggers have enough resistance to make shooter or racing games more fun and make sense when firing or hitting pedals. Analogs are great and sensitive. Although, I had problem with its heavy weight. When I held it with out batteries, I loved it, but once I inserted the 2 AA size batteries, it added so much weight. It's really noticeable. More than that, it requires an attachment to be able to plug your headphone which even adds more weight. Also, it forces your hands in hard which shouldn't be this much. Don't get me wrong I am liking the grasp, but as I said it shouldn't be forcing your hands in this much.
Pros: -Best analogs and triggers
-Attractive white Xbox logo light (I am digging it)
Cons: - Still feel like it should be a little lighter to give a comfort grasp
- it gives a natural feeling when positioning your 2 fingers over the triggers (L2, R2), but it wasn't comfortable for me when trying to reach LB and RB (L1,R1) even when playing with four fingers. I am not sure if I am going to be switching between 2 fingers on the triggers over RB and LB or I might be able to play with 4 fingers. I had the same issue with Wii U Pro, but PS4 controller managed to give a much comfortable feeling when placing all 4 fingers on L2,R2,L1, and R1 at the same time
-Headphone jack requires an attachment-piece sold separately (really Microsoft? tryina make quick bucks?)
-Not rechargeable and again rechargeable battery kit sold separately (:s)
Some might argue, buy rechargeable batteries like Duracell's, but I've tried them with 360 controller and I don't recommend them at all. I favor traditional batteries over them. You have to spend around $45 for the headphone jack adapter and the rechargeable battery kit to get the most of this controller.
This one was a winner for before I've tried X1 controller or the Wii U pro. Right now I am liking both of the 2 controllers I've mentioned more and I'd give it 89. a little less than the X1 controller because X1 controller had a tighter grasp. First when I held it, I wasn't too much comfortable. Maybe? I had a strange feeling. It was kind of large and it felt like it's forcing my hands out unlike X1 controller which forces your hands in. It's too wide. The right end is too far from the left end which give it a large size. Still, it showed great results when playing games and I've liked it even more when I was gaming on PS4. It has great advantages over the 2 above controllers with a touch pad and headphone jack already in it. Touch pad was great and I've used it mainly in games like Final Fantasy XIV Realm Born which showed great results for me like when trying to move the cursor, I wasn't using the analog to do so. Maybe it works better for games that requires you to move units and check map frequently? Kind of hard to imagine since the pad is small, but who knows.
Pros: - A decent controller and best controller Sony has made
- I'd still give it kudos for its grasp
- Plug any headphone easily
- Great triggers and much much improvement over its predecessors ( but I like X1 triggers more as they have more resistance)
-Touch pad can add more features to current and futures games
-Rechargeable (read this Microsoft)
Cons: - Bigger than any other controller I've tried and forces your hands out
Not sure what the light is for, but I don't really see it benefecial for hardcore games. Maybe it's good for indie and small titles like puzzle games and such.
Wii U Pad :
Now this controller is staggering me. I don't know whether to call a controller or not. Maybe a sub system. It's great and I love it and I can see why it's a mandatory for Wii U to operate. It will shine for games like Pikmin. Games that uses the map a lot like strategy games. So far I've played Scribblenaughts and Wonderful 101 and the controllers feels it made for those type of games. But, sometimes I just want to lay down and relax while I am playing holding a more traditional controller because Wii U pad is really really big. So, I prefer to use the Wii U Pro over it when playing shooter or actions games. Another great feature which only this controller has is you are able to totally go off TV and play games on it (amazing right?) Numerous times I've used it before I go to bed. So, I don't have any negative perception towards it.
Some of you might like a wide controller like the PS4 controller and some might favor a smaller tighter controller like the X1 controller. Right now, I am liking X1 controller the most. You just miss the way it fells in your hands