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Best gaming controllers for 2018
By Sam Jones - 22nd Dec 2017Games
Find the right controller for your gaming sessions
If you're not a huge fan of using a keyboard and prefer the feel of a controller between your hands - it's important that you choose the right one for your playstyle.
Whether it's comfort, longevity or keeping up with the pros, you'll need to find a controller which fits 'hand in hand' with your gaming sessions. We've put together a list of our top choices for video game controllers across PC and consoles to give you an idea of which type you should be using for 2018.
Experience a new way of precise control for all of your favorite games with the Steam Controller, which lets you play your entire collection of Steam games on your TV.
- The controller's dual trackpads enable the high-fidelity input required for precise PC gaming.
- Strategically designed button layout so that each of the Steam Controller’s input zones and buttons has been positioned based on frequency of use, required precision and comfort.
- High-precision input technologies and focused on low-latency, wireless performance.
SteelSeries Stratus XL
Compatible with Windows 7 and up, as well as Samsung Gear VR, the SteelSeries Stratus XL has been described as a "solid controller that feels well-built".
- The Stratus XL's design fits comfortably in your hands. The clickable joysticks, easy to use home buttons, and smooth, responsive shoulder buttons place you in the center of the action.
- Enjoy playing all of your enabled Android and Steam games by simply pairing the controller with your device.
- Running on two AA batteries, the Stratus XL averages around 40-plus hours of gameplay.
Microsoft Xbox Elite Wireless Controller
Labelled as "The world’s most advanced controller" the Microsoft Xbox Elite Wireless Controller is a beast compared to its predecessors.
- Four slots for interchangeable paddles that can be attached or removed without any tools. The paddles give your fingers more control, so no need to take your thumbs off the thumbstick to execute button combinations.
- Customize your experience with an easy-to-use app - allowing gamers to adjust trigger min/max values, thumbstick sensitivities, button assignments and much more.
- Competitive gamers, as well as the casuals, will benefit from the low-friction, reinforced rings around each thumbstick which minimize wear and provide buttery-smooth action, while the rubberized diamond grip adds stability.
PlayStation DUALSHOCK 4
"For the players" - the PlayStation DUALSHOCK 4 has been redesigned for a new generation to play, putting precision gaming in your hands.
- Capture and show off your finest moments with just the push of a button. The DUALSHOCK share button allows gamers to upload gameplay videos and screenshots directly from your PS4 system or livestream your gameplay without disturbing in-game progress.
- Precise control with the built-in touch pad that now shows the unique light bar, adding an extra dimension to your games.
- The built-in speaker brings your games to life with sound effects.
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