10 best responsive PC gaming controllers for Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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What are the best responsive PC gaming controllers

Would you like to get the best PC gaming controller for use with Windows 10 operating system? We’ve selected the top popular picks that deliver an immersive gaming experience.

Any gamer knows the importance of having a good gaming controller.

A gaming controller helps the player/players to control objects or characters within the game they’re playing. It is simply connected to a console or a computer, whether wired or wirelessly, and can include such devices as keyboards, joysticks, and gamepads among others.

However, there is another PC gaming controller category that includes steering wheels and light guns, specifically for racing games or shooting games respectively.

If you want the best PC gaming controller for Windows 10, check out our top picks below.


What are the best PC gaming controller deals?

  1. 8bitdo N30 Pro controller
  2. Xbox Controller
  3. Steam controller
  4. Sony Dualshock controller
  5. iNNEXT controller
  6. Easy SMX
  7. ZD-V gaming controller
  8. ThrustMaster T.16000M
  9. NVIDIA Shield controller
  10. FYOO V-one Wired USB Gaming Controller

8Bitdo SF30 Pro Controller

  • Compatible with Nintendo Switch, Windows, macOS, and Android
  • Rumble vibration
  • Motion controls
  • Bluetooth 4.0 and direct USB connectable
  • Slight problems with pairing

This PC gaming controller is compatible with the Windows operating system but also with Nintendo Switch, macOS and Android.

The SN30 Pro is the world’s first, fully featured retro controller. It comes with a full button set with clickable joysticks, rumble vibration, motion controls, Bluetooth 4.0, rechargeable battery, home and screenshot buttons, and a USB-C connector. Not to mention an awesome d-pad.

Manufactured by Geek Theory, this gaming controller is also compatible wirelessly and has four controller modes, including X-input and D-input.

You can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth or use USB-C to play your games.


Xbox One Controller

  • Sleek, streamlined design
  • Custom button mapping
  • 40 feet range
  • 3.5 mm stereo headset jack
  • Not very sturdy

This is probably one of the top PC gaming controller brands in the gaming world, and it is compatible with Windows 7/8.1/10.

With this controller, you get enhanced comfort, wireless range two times that of previous Xbox One controllers, and a USB cable for a sturdy gaming experience.

Added comfort means you enjoy an immersive gaming experience with zero hassles as this controller features a streamlined, sleek design with a textured grip, and you can plug in any headset with a 3.5mm jack. The USB cable that comes with this controller lets you play your favorite games with a wired connection anywhere you are.

The PC requirements however, may vary for games on Windows 10 operating system. You can also get the Xbox controller with an adapter, or with a cable.


Steam Controller

  • Dual trackpads
  • HD haptic feedback
  • Dual-stage triggers
  • Back grip buttons
  • Expensive

The Steam PC gaming controller lets you enjoy a whole new level of control with precision on all your favorite games.

You can play games both on your PC, or even your TV. Its features include dual trackpads that allow for absolute position input via virtual controls, back grip buttons, and dual stage triggers that can be used as analog or digital input simultaneously.

You know a controller is designed with the gamer in mind when its buttons and input zones are positioned based on precision, comfort, and frequency of use. This is what the Steam controller offers so you don’t have to leave your couch until you’re done. It also provides wireless connectivity for different devices.


SONY DualShock Controller

  • Multi-touch and clickable touchpad
  • Plenty of colors to choose from
  • Can be charged with a standard charger
  • Built-in speaker and stereo headset jack
  • Slight problems with the left stick

This PC gaming controller comes highly recommended by most users who have given it a high rating based on its features and usability.

It delivers precision control, enhanced comfort with its feel, shape and sensitivity, plus it has a built-in speaker and headset jack.

It comes in various colors: Gold, Jet Black, Magma red, silver, Green Camouflage, and Wave blue so you can pick your favorite color and play away.

Besides familiar controls on any gaming controller, the SONY DualShock also lets you upload gameplay videos and screenshots using the share button, without disturbing your game progress.

Its unique light bar lets you identify players and adjust your screen while playing with friends in one room.


iNNEXT Controller

  • 2 classic controllers for a very good price
  • 5 feet long cords
  • Fully compatible with Windows
  • Can connect to an Android smartphone via an OTG cable
  • Only for casual use

This is a plug and play PC gaming controller compatible with Windows 98/ME/Vista/2000/2003/XP/7/8/8/1/10. It uses a standard USB port but can be used without drivers or patches.

It comes with a 5-foot long cord, sensitive buttons for precision control, and you get a 100% money back guarantee and 6-month hassle free replacement warranty with friendly customer care.


FAQ: Read more about controllers

  • How do I use a controller on Windows 10?

Most of the controllers nowadays are plug & play so you can just plug it in if it comes with a USB cord or pair it if it’s wireless.

  • What controller can you use on PC?

We have prepared a list with the top 10 controllers for Windows 10.

  • Is it worth buying a controller for PC?

If you’re used to playing on a controller you will love it. Otherwise, you will need a bit of time to get adjusted to it.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page. If you’re interested in other PC controllers, check out our wide collection of guides.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in December 2017 and was revamped and updated in November 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.