Best PS5 controller 2023: Our top picks

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If you're looking for the best PS5 controller, then you have landed in the right place.

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

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For a while, we were left wanting, as it appeared that both Sony and other leading manufacturers were taking their time to provide an 'elite' style controller for more competitive gamers.

However, times have now changed and we finally have a few more options to choose from, including the highly-anticipated DualSense Edge, which is available to pre-order now.

Let's take a look at some of what we think are the best controllers for PS5.

Best PS5 controller

Best official PS5 controller - PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller

Best PS5 Controller 2020

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. 

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

Plus, you can now order the PS5 DualSense in the new Starlight Blue, Nova Pink and Galactic Purple, and nab one of the new PS5 console faceplates to change the look of your setup.

Best pro PS5 controller - Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro

Backwards compatible controller for PS5

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 backward-compatible games on PS5 using a PS4 controller for the best experience. 

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So if you’re in the market for a top 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. 

Best custom PS5 controller - Scuf Gaming Reflex Pro

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For those wanting to customise their PS5 controller, then the Scuf Gaming Reflex Pro looks like an incredible choice.

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What the Scuf Gaming Reflex Pro offers up are some removable and remappable paddles which should save you valuable time for inputs when you're in the heat of battle. Alongside this, expect to find some textured thumbsticks that should be comfortable and help you be more accurate.

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Like the official DualSense controller, this Scuf offering also utilises adaptive triggers which can suit themselves to any kind of game and respective inputs, be it whether you're firing a gun or driving a car.

There are also plenty of customisable faceplates and thumbstick colours available so you can personalise the Scuf Gaming Reflex Pro for your tastes and colour preferences.

A weight of 300 grams or so also keeps the Scuf Gaming Reflex Pro light. Plus, its dual wired and wireless connectivity also keeps things mighty easy.

Plus, if you're into FPS games such as Call of Duty: Warzone and are looking to get competitive, SCUF also recently released the Reflex FPS.

Best PS5 controller for PSVR - DualShock 4 Wireless Controller

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. 

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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 sale these days, and the price is only likely to plummet further as we get deeper into next-gen.

Best upcoming PS5 controllers

While the PS5 is still relatively new, we're hoping to see some exciting controllers heading our way for the next-gen console.

DualSense Edge

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Described as ultra-customisable, the DualSense Edge is Sony's newest elite controller for their very own PS5 console.

There's been plenty of buzz surrounding it for a while now and it's high-performance capabilities and numerous features will surely make it an extremely popular choice for gamers.

It comes with customisable options, swappable components, on-controller user interface, and more.

It's already available to pre-order and will officially be released on the 26th of January 2023.

Razer PS5 controller (speculation)

Razer is a leading brand when it comes to all things gaming and tech.

While we currently have no official word from them regarding an upcoming PS5 controller, there is a chance they could add one to their line-up in the future.

Razer has previously made controllers for both PS4 (Razer Raiju) and Xbox (Razer Wolverine) and so they may do the same for next-gen consoles.

Read More: Will Razer Make A PS5 Controller? Here's What We Could Expect

We'll be sure to update you with all the latest announcements of upcoming PS5 controllers. In the meantime, why not check out some of our other PS5-specific buying guides...

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