The DualSense is without a doubt the greatest PS5 controller and, to date, Sony’s finest controller. So you already have the best controller for PlayStation 5, straight out of the box. But what are the other best PS5 controllers? Having an extra DualSense or two on hand isn’t a bad idea, especially since it’s now available in six distinct color schemes. However, you can investigate other controller options, each serving a distinct purpose.
We’ve compiled a list of the best PS5 controllers available right now. It’s also likely that this list will change in the future, given Sony’s rumored plans to unveil its own Pro-style controller.
Best PS5 Controllers
The DualSense is the pinnacle of Sony first party controller design. The DualSense is comfortable to hold for long gaming sessions and has slightly longer sides with curved back triggers for a grip that gently supports your hands and index fingers. It’s a major improvement over the DualShock 4 in terms of ergonomics.
The PS5 DualSense wireless controller has haptic feedback, which is basically just a fancy vibration feature. However, it’s kind of magical when you play PS5 games like Astro’s Playroom and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart that use it well. Adaptive triggers on the L2 and R2 buttons also generate realistic tension based on various scenarios, such as pulling back a bowstring or switching between firearms. The DualSense wireless controller includes a built-in microphone for online play, as well as a 3.5mm connector.
White, Midnight Black, Cosmic Red, Galactic Purple, Nova Pink, and Skylight Blue are the colors available with the DualSense. The white and Midnight Black variants cost $70 each, while the others cost $75.
Best premium PS5 controller
Currently, there’s only one worthy third-party controller for playing PS5 games: the Scuf Reflex. This outstanding high-end PS5 controller keeps all of the DualSense’s innovative features—adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, and integrated game audio—while also adding greater flexibility for competitive gaming!
The main benefit of the Scuf Reflex are the paddle triggers on the back. They’re ergonomically built and placed in natural finger positions. The mappable back paddles are extremely useful in multiplayer shooters and other competitive games. These paddles can be remapped, and up to three profiles can be saved and cycled through via a button on the back of the controller. If you’ve used the Xbox Elite controllers, you’ll know what to expect!
There are three models of the Reflex: Reflex, Reflex Pro, and Reflex FPS. The textured grip on the Reflex Pro is substantially more comfortable than the normal DualSense controller. The Reflex FPS costs $260 and adds trigger locks to both the RT and LT, as well as back buttons. It’s worth mentioning that the FPS model swaps adaptive triggers for trigger stops, so if you prefer the DualSense’s adaptive triggers, the Reflex Pro is the way to go. These options are super pricey, but until a PS5 Pro controller comes along, they’re your best bet.
Best PS5 fight pad
The Razer Raion is a wired PS4 controller that you can use with PS5 titles backwards compatible with PS4. With an eight-way D-pad and a six-button arrangement that resembles a combat stick, it’s still the best fight pad for PlayStation games. The buttons are significantly larger than usual, and the switches are Razer yellow for instantaneous inputs.
With a button lock option, you can even disable extra buttons you don’t need so you don’t accidently push the wrong inputs during tournaments. The Razer Raion is also light enough to comfortably grasp in one hand while tapping the buttons piano-style with the other.
Best PS5 fight stick
The Victrix Pro FS was our pick for the best PS4 fight stick and is the same for the PS5! A premium choice, the stick consists of strong aluminum, including an accurate and gratifying stick and eight clicky action buttons. Programmable buttons, configurable audio and illumination, and an easy access door for swapping out components for modding are all included in this PS5 fight stick. We recommend the Victrix Pro FS for intense fighting games because it costs $350 (and limited editions cost $400).
So there you have it. Until we get concrete news on a PS5 Pro Controller to rival the Xbox Elite Contoller, the DualSense is the best first party controller. However, the Scuff Reflex marries both the features of the DualSense and added pro features to make a truly well rounded pro controller!
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