Beyond the eternal debate on whether it is better to play on console or PC, we can find a small point in common for both players: the controls. Despite the fact that for years we have had an almost obligatory separation from these peripherals, more and more users are opting for this standard.
And despite the fact that although we will not always find full compatibility for all the titles, it is already normal to see the integration of these controllers on platforms such as Steam, or the special optimization of the interface in some games such as Final Fantasy XIV. However, one of the great disadvantages of this type of multiplatform controls is that they are usually linked to use and connection by cable, to a certain extent limiting their comfort and possibility.
That is why we have wanted to create this small compilation with some of the most popular and compatible wireless controllers to play on console, computer and mobile. So, before starting with it, we would like to point out that it is not an ordered list based on the quality or preference of some controls over others, since the final choice will always remain in the hands (never better said) of the player himself .
Starting with one of the most curious options in this list, we find this remote under the back of a great brand like Logitech, which despite the passing of the years, still offers enormous usability and compatibility.
And is that in addition to maintaining a classic distribution for your buttons and Joysticks, this command has the added support of Profiler software, with which we can reconfigure and customize the gamepad, and even add keyboard and mouse inputs.
In addition, it is the only controller in this list that is powered by removable batteries, which although they will limit us to the known dependence on them, will allow us to “charge” and use the remote control at any time and in a matter of seconds.
However, it should be noted that being a cheaper control, it will also be possible to find some drawbacks. The first of these is its size, somewhat smaller and shorter than most models. Although it undoubtedly highlights the fact that it can only be connected through a 2.4 GHz frequency, being able to find interference or problems in the case of having other devices connected around it. In addition, this limits its use to the dependence of the receiver, so its use would be reduced exclusively to consoles and computers.
As we said, we can currently find this remote available on Amazon from just 33.99 euros, a price that in addition to being affordable, will be more than rewarded.
8Bitdo Sn30 Pro
Over the past few years we have seen a huge spike and turn of retro titles and remasters from all platforms. And what better way to relive those moments than with a command according to the time, but with all the advantages and utilities of the current game.
We find one of the most complete controllers launched by this company, with a design that imitates the classic SNES controls incorporating a cross-shaped D-Pad and the four traditional face buttons, to which two analog Joysticks are added in the central part and rear triggers.
So, and despite the discontinuity of its 2.4GHz variant, this remote will be compatible with practically any bluetooth-enabled platform, optimized for Windows, MacOS, Android, Nintendo Switch and even Raspberry Pi.
Unfortunately, currently the company only distributes its products in America, through Amazon and BestBuy, so its distribution to Europe has been somewhat limited. However, it is still possible to find the remote through some distributors and third parties with prices close to $ 44.99.
Taking a nuance more oriented towards a secondary controller than towards professional controllers, we again highlight one of the peripherals previously analyzed on this website.
In addition to the added lighting, the first thing that strikes us about this controller is its similarity to the PS4 controller, even maintaining the presence of a front touch panel, which will allow us to enjoy a complete experience for Sony games. Although undoubtedly the greatest strength of this controller comes from its connectivity, which will allow us to connect it without problems to the PS4, adding compatibility with mobile devices and the Nintendo Switch portable console thanks to the incorporation of Bluetooth 2.1, or the PC a through both wired and wireless.
Thus, the Newskill Arkadia remains below the price of the original PS4 controller, available through the brand’s official website for 49.95 euros.
Little can be added that the original controller of the current generation of Sony consoles is no longer known. And it is that sharing the same design line as its predecessors, it is one of the most complete controls today, with improved analogue joysticks and triggers, a highly sensitive accelerometer and gyroscope system, and its characteristic touch panel panel Forward.
Although undoubtedly one of the great advantages of this command is that, outside its console, it has a really simple bluetooth pairing system, allowing us to use it wirelessly on any computer and mobile, in addition to the USB cable connection itself.
Available in the vast majority of local distributors such as Game, Fnac or El Corte Inglés or Carrefour, and with an even greater variety of colors and special editions, we can find this remote available from 59.90 euros.
Being one of the most loved and hated projects, and as we explained in our review, the Valve controller is “unique”. And it is that the gaming company stood out with a highly customizable controller, a somewhat special ergonomic design, and an almost complete redistribution of its distribution that included a single analog stick and some main buttons moved to the lower central space.
Thus, it is impossible not to notice the huge round panels that complete the remote control, whose functions are intended to cover the second joystick and the crosshead, with a greater number of sensors and positions that helped to cover a 360 ° directionality in a highly precise manner. . Some peculiarities that, although they made it really comfortable in some last-generation games, were much more complex when facing more classic titles.
Unfortunately, Steam has currently discontinued its command, making it somewhat more difficult to find available units. Although it has already been announced that the company is working on the next arrival of an improved version.
Nintendo Switch Pro
We know that one of the great innovations that the Nintendo console introduces is the Joy-Con, a very versatile solution that will make it possible to enjoy new ways of playing, but traditional controls such as the Switch Pro will continue to be essential for most games , so it is an essential complement for any Nintendo Switch buyer.
Returning to the subject of support, it is important to note that although we will be able to connect the controller to the PC through a USB Type-C port, we will not be able to use it that way, since this protocol does not allow it. Although luckily its Blutooth connectivity will not only allow us to pair with computers, but it will also be able to work without problems on Windows and Mac computers, as well as on any Android device.
It is thus a great option for those who play the portable console in dock mode and who also enjoy the game on other platforms. Although this does not imply that we must necessarily be a Nintendo user, since it is an equally attractive option for these secondary platforms.
Currently we can find this pro control available in different distributors such as Amazon or Game, at a price of 69.99 euros.
Xbox One Controller
One of the favorite options of the players goes through the original Xbox One controller. And it is that in addition to the compatibility with the console itself, thanks to the support of Microsoft, we find one of the controls with greater compatibility for computers
In addition, it is the only external controller that has special compatibility within Steam, the representation of this distribution of buttons being one of the big headaches of DualShock 4 users. Finally, and now even more present with the arrival of Project xCloud, we will also find full connection compatibility for mobile phones.
In addition to other local distributors, we can find this remote available through the Microsoft store itself, at a price of 59.99 euros. Although if we want a wireless connection outside of bluetooth, we will have to resort to a small additional 2.4GHz accessory, distributed only with some editions of the remote, or sold individually.
Xbox Elite Controller
But if what we want is an optimal gaming experience, we can always go one step beyond the original model, and opt for its professional version. And it is that as its own name indicates, it is an elite controller, with a large number of added functions for both digital and physical customization of the controller.
First of all, the update of its traditional crosspiece stands out, changed by a rounded and textured panel that will allow us to extend its movements also to the diagonals. Although undoubtedly the big changes are in the back of it, with the addition of four lever buttons in which we can assign some special button functions.
In addition, we will also find some improvements in the triggers, with the possibility of customization of three tactile travel options; or the addition of two additional sockets and buttons in the upper central part.
Finally, in the central front part of the controller, we can find a small tab with which we can immediately switch between the two customizable profiles of the controller, thus allowing us to adjust to the different needs of each game or player.
Like the rest of the company’s peripherals and controls, we can find this control available through the Microsoft web store, with a price that will go up to 179.99 euros, but that will more than reward the most demanding players.
Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro
We find a somewhat special pro controller, which although it has some additions compared to conventional controllers, stands out for a series of lights and shadows, with the absence of some basic optimizations in this type of device.
One of the greatest strengths of this controller is the incorporation of up to four configuration profiles, with which we can change the button settings quickly through a button located on the back. However, the change of profiles will be sequential, so on some occasions it will take us more than one click and extra time.
Similarly, we will also have a small customization for the controller hardware, with a small additional accessory to slightly raise the height of both joysticks. In contrast to what stands out is the fact of having a traditional crosshead, for which we will not have any additional accessories for its improvement.
Luckily, the positive points will once again balance the balance in your favor, with the presence of four additional and customizable buttons located on the back of the controller’s gripping horns, a position that although not the most used, ends up being quite accessible. In addition, these horns will also hide a hole in which we can include up to three different weights, customizing the user experience one level more.
Originally optimized for PS4, and despite including a front touch panel, it is still curious that this command has more similarities with the distribution of Microsoft controllers, consoles with which, unfortunately, it will not be compatible. Although luckily, unlike other previous controls in his family, this time we will have a connection via bluetooth, thus expanding its that for mobile phones.
Available at some of local distributors such as Game or BigBenShop, this time we find a somewhat higher price of 169 euros, where although we can find really good performance and features, we would expect a greater number of functionalities and compatibility.
Razer Raiju Ultimate
Closing the list, one of the most complete professional managers that we have had the opportunity to test is presented. With a somewhat larger and heavier structure than conventional controls, it offers us an ergonomic design and materials that greatly favor its grip, in addition to up to five buttons, interchangeable and additional interchangeable joysticks, allowing extensive customization for each type of player and game .
Among other additions, we will have up to two additional buttons, located in the upper central part of the remote, between the triggers; and two toggle buttons on the back of the controller, all customizable to accomplish both simple actions, as well as some button and function combinations. In addition, we can find small adjustable stops to shorten the travel and response of the triggers.
Although one of the most useful aspects of this command is the inclusion of a small panel of configuration buttons on its lower front, from which we can control the change between profiles, change the RGB lighting of the touch panel, force a synchronization wireless, or simply lock the panel to avoid accidental contacts.
As for the connectivity section, we find a really wide spectrum through Bluetooth and cable, with a compatibility with PC (Windows and Mac), as well as for both PS4 and Xbox consoles and any mobile device.
In fact, it will be in the latter that we will have a dedicated application, with which we can configure and customize the different profiles and functions of the remote, which will be stored directly in the remote’s memory, and will be applied to your use on all platforms.
Currently we can find the Razer Raiju Ultimate in the Razer web store, as well as in other online distributors such as Amazon, and at a price of 199.99 euros. Although at first glance the price may seem somewhat high, in reality it is not too far from other high-end professional controls, also adding numerous functions and extras.