08 Sep 2021 10:56 AM +00:00

Best PS5 Controller 2021: From the Dualsense to third-party alternatives

The launch of the PS5 in November meant a whole new range of accessories, and out of all of them, getting the best controller is certainly high up on our list when playing in 2021.

With the console being so new there isn’t a substantial range of controller options on the market just yet, with the DualSense leading the way, but we’ll keep this article updated as new options are released.

So, let’s get into our current picks of the best PS5 controllers available right now, and whether you're looking for the official choice in the DualSense Wireless Controller or a cracking aftermarket backwards compatible choice with the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro, we've got you covered right here.

Best PS5 Controller 2021

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PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller - Best official controller

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Sony has really gone all out with the DualSense wireless controller, the official PS5 pad is no minor upgrade over the PS4’s DualShock 4, it’s a complete reinvention. 

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This controller is truly bursting with cutting edge tech, from haptic feedback that goes way beyond simple rumble to adaptive triggers that will give you an unprecedented level of control over the way you play. 

The built-in microphone is a nice additional touch, and we’re glad that Sony is adopting USB-C charging for this gen a well. 

Of course, you can now grab yourself two distinct new colourways, Midnight Black and Cosmic Red. Head over here to check them out.

Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro - Best for backwards compatibility

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Sony has confirmed that the PS5 is backwards compatible with almost the entire PS4 library - that’s more than 4000 titles available to play on the system from day one.

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With the redesigned DualSense omitting some features utilised in PlayStation 4 games, Sony recommends that you play backwards compatible games on PS5 using a PS4 controller for the best experience. 

So if you’re in the market for a PS4 controller to use on your PS5 then look no further than the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro, which certainly lives up to its name thanks to a wealth of customisation options including programmable back buttons and swappable thumbsticks. 

DualShock 4 Wireless Controller - Best for PSVR

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If you’re a PSVR enthusiast then you need to make sure you’ve got a DualShock 4 controller in order to use the virtual reality headset on the PS5.

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This is due to the DualSense controller not featuring a lightbar on the back which is required for the motion-tracking features of the PSVR - thankfully the official PS4 DualShock controller still works a treat. 

Available in a wide array of colours, the DualShock 4 remains a premium controller that feels good to play with - plus it’s frequently on sales these days as well, and the price is only likely to plummet further as we get deeper into next-gen.

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