Best PS5 Controllers In 2023
Pro-style PS5 controllers have arrived, and you have a couple of excellent options to choose from.
PlayStation's is a fantastic controller with some truly innovative features that made it feel "next-gen" at launch. For many, the DualSense will be the only PS5 controller they'll ever need. But in 2023, PS5 users finally have a few more officially licensed options, including the long-awaited , PlayStation's first pro-style controller. The DualSense Edge isn't the only competitive controller worthy of being deemed one of the best PS5 controllers. PDP's , an officially licensed controller with a similar focus, is a strong competitor that offers different features that may appeal to you. We've rounded up the best PS5 controllers in 2023, and we'll continue to add to this list as more PS5 controllers hit the market.
Whether you're looking for the best PS5 controller for general use (spoiler: It's the DualSense) or options for fighting games, racing games, and streaming Netflix, there are a handful of great controllers we recommend using with the PS5 from reliable brands like Logitech, Razer, and Thrustmaster. And of course, we're taking a look at the growing lineup of competitive controllers that give PS5 users more customization features.
For more recommendations, see the best Switch controllers and best Xbox controllers for 2023.
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.
In addition to just being a great-feeling controller, the PS5 DualSense wireless controller features haptic feedback, which, in plain terms, is just a fancy vibration feature--but in practice, it's actually kind of magical when you play PS5 games that actually implement it well, like Astro's Playroom and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Adaptive triggers on the L2 and R2 buttons also provide realistic tension based on different situations, like the feeling of pulling back a bowstring or switching between different guns. The DualSense wireless controller has a built-in microphone for online play, and as with the DualShock 4, there's a 3.5mm jack to directly plug in your PS5 headset for hearing other online players or just enjoying game audio.
The PS5 ships with one DualSense controller, of course, but if you're picking up a second PS5 controller, it's honestly not a bad idea to snag a second DualSense to switch to when the other is charging or for local multiplayer. The official is worth picking up for this purpose as well.
The DualSense comes in a variety of colors, including white, Midnight Black, Cosmic Red, Galactic Purple, Nova Pink, and Skylight Blue. The white and Midnight Black models retail for $70, while the other colors cost $75 each.
The standard DualSense is our favorite PS5 controller, so it makes sense the enhanced DualSense Edge would walk away with the title for best Pro-style controller. It offers everything found on the normal DualSense but brings a host of customization features to the table--including swappable analog sticks and mappable back buttons.
Sony didn’t stop there, as you’ll also benefit from access to multiple gamepad profiles, adjustable triggers, customizable dead zones, and the option to configure your analog sensitivities. Coupled with the usual assortment of haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and a built-in mic, and it’s easy to see why the Edge is a triumphant foray into the premium controller market for PlayStation.
You’ll spend a lot more for the Edge than you would a standard gaming controller, though its $200 price tag puts it close to many other pro-style gamepads on the market. But with its impressive suite of features and Sony pedigree, few competitors come close to matching its performance.
Read our DualSense Edge review.
Though the DualSense Edge will be the best pick for those who already love the look, feel, and features found on the DualSense, PDP's Victrix Pro BFG is an incredible option, too. It's our top pick in the pro-style market for those who prefer the Xbox-style form factor and offset sticks--though, as you'll learn, the Victrix Pro BFG's layout can be altered on the fly.
The Victrix Pro BFG is a modular controller, which gives it more customization features than the DualSense Edge. You can quickly unscrew the faceplate that covers the controls and swap out accessories. By default, the BFG has offset sticks, but you can switch them to be aligned. It comes with two extra thumbsticks--one tall, one short--and three D-pads. Each D-pad is unique: a solid-body square D-pad to promote fast inputs, an eight-directional pad, and a traditional D-pad. You can also swap the right analog stick and face buttons for a fight-pad module. The six-button panel has a nice, clicky feel to it--much like a mouse.
In addition to the modular adjustments, there are four built-in back triggers that feel great, a rubberized grip, and clutch triggers. The R2 and L2 triggers can be locked at five different spots that shorten trigger pulls. The BFG stores up to three custom profiles, and the back triggers can be remapped on the fly without needing an app.
The BFG can be used wirelessly with the included dongle (roughly 20 hours of battery life) or wired when connected to the braided USB-C cord. A switch on the top of the controller lets you swap between PS5, PS4, and PC profiles.
As impressive as it is, there are a few downsides to the BFG. Though it's officially licensed, that doesn't mean it has all of the features found in the DualSense. You're missing out on adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, and the internal speaker. The lack of adaptive triggers and haptic feedback might be major losses for some, as many of PlayStation's first-party games make great use of this tech.
The Victrix Pro BFG costs $180, so it's slightly cheaper than the DualSense Edge, though still quite pricey.
Read our Victrix Pro BFG review.
The Razer Raion is a wired PS4 controller that'll work with backwards compatible PS4 games on PS5. Currently, it's still the best fight pad for PlayStation games, featuring a clicky eight-way D-pad with a six-button layout that resembles a fight stick. The buttons are slightly larger than usual with Razer yellow switches for instantaneous inputs. You can even disable extra buttons you don't need with a button lock function so you can avoid accidentally hitting the wrong inputs during tournaments. The Razer Raion is also light enough that it's comfortable to hold in one hand and, with your other hand, tap the buttons piano-style. You won't need to switch to a fully-featured controller for things like character customization either, thanks to a switch that lets you map the D-pad to the left and right analog sticks. While the lack of analog sticks and triggers means you can't use the Raion with most games on PS5, it's an awesome pickup for fighting games like Mortal Kombat 11, Tekken 7, and Injustice 2.
Our pick for the best PS4 fight stick continues over for the PS5 as well: the Victrix Pro FS. A premium option with , the Victrix Pro FS is made of sturdy aluminum with parts that feel extremely solid, including an accurate and satisfying stick and eight action buttons that are just as satisfyingly clicky. This PS5 fight stick also includes programmable buttons, customizable audio and lighting, and an easy access door to swap out components for modding. It's also quite travel-friendly with handles, a plastic organizer to wrap the cable around, and a removable joystick that can be stored in the bottom. The Victrix Pro FS costs $350 (and its limited editions cost $400), so we recommend it mainly for hardcore fighting game fans--for a great mid-range option, check out the .
Though there's a wide range of options when it comes to PlayStation racing wheels, the Logitech G923 is a solid, budget-friendly option that's easily available at Amazon and other stores (the is another popular pick). The Logitech G923 is often described as a great beginner's racing wheel, and it's compatible with racing games on PlayStation and PC with integrated game controls. It notably features the company's TrueForce technology, which delivers high-definition force feedback for heightened racing realism. The downside is that the number of games compatible with TrueForce is still small: Gran Turismo 7, Grid, Assetto Corsa Competizione, iRacing, Gran Turismo Sport, Showrunner, and Dirt Rally 2.0.
It also has a programmable dual clutch, a 24-point selector, and progressive brake spring to help maximize your control of your vehicle. G Hub software also allows you to build multiple profiles, adjust your wheel sensitivity, and more. Though it's not the most premium PS5 racing wheel on the market, it's a reliable, relatively affordable, and easily obtainable wheel with a durable aluminum build made to last. That's why it earns our recommendation here.
Though an official PS5 flight stick hasn't been released yet, one of the best PS4 options, the Thrustmaster T.Flight HOTAS 4, will work just fine with backwards compatible flight sims on PS5 like Star Wars Squadrons or Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. This officially licensed $90 flight stick is the more budget-friendly option and makes for a better entry-level flight stick. Though it doesn't have a headset jack, the T.Flight HOTAS 4 is easy to set up and use with a dual-rudder system, detachable throttle, and adjustable resistance so you can customize how your flying feels.
The other main flight stick option for PS5 is the , which is much more expensive at $200 and adds an integrated headset jack, vibration motor, and throttle resistance, though its build quality doesn't quite match the high price tag. Still, this is a great option as well (particularly if you've used flight sticks in the past) though harder to find in stock.
PlayStation consoles have been streaming machines for several generations now, and the PS5 is a particularly great option for watching movies and TV as it's capable of streaming content in 4K; the standard model can also play 4K Blu-ray discs. (Of course, you'll need a 4K TV to take advantage of this as well.) If you're someone who likes to use the PS5 for media streaming, the PlayStation Media Remote is a no-brainer purchase that'll make the process feel way easier. It comes with quick access buttons for Disney+, Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube along with pause, rewind, and fast forward buttons. With the media remote, you can power on the PS5 and navigate its menus, functioning just like the DualSense with the PS5 interface for a more intuitive feel. The PlayStation Media Remote is designed specifically for PS5 and costs $30.
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