The reason smart TVs are called that way is that they are basically mini-computers that can download and run apps. Obviously, this includes games.
For those of you that love playing smart TV games, it can be a bit difficult to control them if you lack the proper tools.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best gamepads you could buy if you love gaming on a smart TV.
Note: Deals are subject to change. Keep in mind that the price tag often varies. We recommend going on the vendor’s website to check the price. Some of the products may be out of stock by the time you’ve made your purchasing decision. So, hurry up and hit the buy button.
What are the best gamepads for smart TVs?
- Cross-device compatibility (Playstation 4/Pro/Slim/PC/Smart TV and Laptop)
- Advanced motion sensors
- Audio function (built-in speaker and 3.5mm stereo jack)
- Integrated light bar
- The analog stick is not very precise
ORDA delivers a truly universal gamepad with extended coverage for all your devices from PS4 to smart TVs.
The controller is equipped with a precision analog stick and trigger buttons, a USB charger, and a long-lasting battery.
It even has a built-in light bar and speaker, not to mention the latest motion-sensing technology to perfectly emulate the console feel.
- Wireless connectivity
- Dual vibration
- Cross-device compatibility
- Function interchangeable buttons with 3D support
- It only supports USB Type-C
Highly versatile to adapt to all devices and highly responsive to comply with your gaming style, the PowerLead controller will deliver long hours of entertainment for you and your loved ones.
To further support gameplay, you will enjoy a comfortable, ergonomic design, 3D, and function interchangeable buttons, plus a 6-axis gyroscope with dual vibration with Turbo support for intense gaming sessions.
- Multi-platform support
- Built-in 32-bit MCU Chip and computation capability
- Built-in 600mAh rechargeable battery which can last for 18 hours
- Auto-fire and Vibration functions
- Shoulder buttons are a bit flimsy
If you’re looking for an all-purpose gamepad, then few come closer to that ideal than the GameSir G4S.
This handy little controller is compatible with TV Box, Android phone, Tablets, Windows, PS3, and more, and the battery will allow you to play all day long.
- Cross-platform compatibility
- High-performance wireless technology
- Ergonomic design
- Bluetooth connectivity for mobile devices
- A bit tricky to set up
With high compatibility, this controller is versatile enough to match any mobile device iOS or Android-powered, PS3, or smart TVs.
Easily connect your device via Bluetooth or go for the wireless connectivity that delivers 2.4 GHz performance from up to 30 feet away.
The controller is made to boost your entertainment without disregarding your comfort – and its ergonomic design will definitely take care of that.
- 2.4G Wireless technology
- Cross-device compatibility
- Compact, ergonomic design
- 12 function keys
- The battery is not included in the package
This flexible gadget stretches its coverage across numerous platforms and devices to improve your gameplay no matter if you’re using a smart TV, a PS3, or a mobile phone.
To further boost your gaming experience, you get to enjoy an ergonomic shape, 12 function keys, and never worry about connectivity issues thanks to the high-performance wireless technology that offers a range of up to 10 meters.
Smart TVs are an excellent alternative if you lack the money to buy an actual console such as the Xbox One or the PS4.
However, if you truly want to emulate the feeling of playing on a console, then getting a good Smart TV-compatible console may be the right solution for you.
FAQ: Learn more about gamepads for smart TVs
- How do I connect my gamepad to my Smart TV?
You should have a Settings screen on your smart TV from which you can choose to add a remote accessory. Make sure your gamepad is on before performing the paring.
- Which gamepads work with the Android TV?
Most gamepads for smart TV are highly versatile and offer support for a wide range of devices including Android-running ones. Check out our top picks for gamepads for smart TVs for inspiration.
- Can we play games in Smart TV?
Of course, you can download the game directly on your TV and play it as such. If you want to enjoy a particular mobile game on your smart TV, go ahead and give these screen mirroring tools a try.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in November 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.