Best PS4 controllers 2020: the best options for smarter gaming

Are you on the hunt for the perfect PS4 controller? If you wish to improve your gaming expertise, then look no additional. In relation to PS4 controllers, many people assume there’s just one possibility obtainable: Sony’s personal DualShock four. 

Though the official controller is a strong and really dynamic gamepad, there are various different selections on the market if you wish to step-up your gameplay expertise – or simply make it a bit extra comfy for you.

We have collected collectively this shopping for information filled with the perfect PS4 controllers on the market that are ideal for everyone from the casual gamer to a budding pro. There are also some options for people who want a bit of nostalgia, rather than the latest and best controller tech.

We’ve rounded up the best controllers that we’ve tried and reviewed for our list – but we’ve also added in a couple of others below that caught our eye to give you a bit more variety and choice.

A number of these controllers are officially licensed by Sony. So you’ll know they’re designed to work well, but all the options on this list are ones we’d happily use with our gaming setup.

Best PS4 controllers

Sony DualShock 4 Wireless Controller (Image credit: Sony)

1. Sony DualShock 4 Wireless Controller

Great look and feel

Built-in speaker

Highly sensitive motion sensors

At times feels a little too light

Track pad has deficiencies

While we did say there are plenty of options out there that aren’t the DualShock 4, it would be hard to create a list of the best PS4 controllers without pointing out it’s still the top option. 

The DualShock 4 is perfect for its purpose: sleek, small and wireless. Not to mention the built in speaker, varying light bar colors, touch pad and motion detection that enhance your gameplay experience. 

It’s also extremely simple to attach a gaming headset or headphones to the controller (unlike with the Xbox One controller). However battery life can be a pain, with the controller holding charge for around four to eight hours. 

We find it’s best to have two and always keep one charging or to invest in a charging dock so you can charge both at once (when you’re not playing of course).

We find the DualShock is a great PS4 controller for someone who just simply wants to get on with playing and isn’t fussed about bells and whistles. If you want to spice up its classic black color, then the controller comes in plenty of other colors and designs. 

Check out our full DualShock 4 controller review.

Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller (Image credit: Nacon)

Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller (Image credit: Nacon)

2. Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller

Customization for the serious gamer

Truly ergonomic

Plentiful customization options

High-quality build

Button mapping not obvious

Can’t amend profiles on PS4

If you are a PS4 player, but prefer the design of the Xbox One controller, then the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller might be a better fit for you. Like the Vantage Controller, the Revolution Pro is built for gamers (more specifically esports) with a directional pad that can move eight ways – instead of four – alongside four shortcut buttons. 

However, it’s not quite as complicated to operate as the Vantage, nor is it as expensive.

If you want a PS4 controller with a few extra bells and whistles, but not an overwhelming amount, and prefer a chunkier controller that is a bit more resilient then the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller could be for you. 

Check out our full Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller review.

SCUF Vantage Controller (Image credit: SCUF)

SCUF Vantage Controller (Image credit: SCUF)

3. SCUF Vantage Controller

A mostly advantageous (and expensive) modular PS4 controller

Feels great to hold

Modular elements work well

Audio touchpad adds convenience

Customizable aesthetics

Analog sticks can become stuck

Cross d-pad is too rigid

Dicey R1 and L1

Sax buttons can be difficult to press

If you want your PS4 controller to have a bit more bite, and are more specific about your controller’s performance then the SCUF Vantage Controller could be for you. 

Built with gamers in mind, this fully customizable PS4 controller boasts enhanced grip, remappable paddles on the back, side action buttons and an audio touch bar. 

In other words, there are more buttons to give you control over gameplay, allowing you to specifically map controls to the extra buttons and not have to jump back in forth (in issue in some games more than others).

Essentially the Vantage controller is built so you can play more comfortably for longer but unless you know how to optimize its abilities then its maybe it’s best to stick to a more straightforward PS4 controller. 

Especially because the Vantage Controller is much more expensive than your average DualShock 4.

Check out our full SCUF Vantage Controller review.

Razer Raiju Ultimate Wireless PS4 Controller (Image credit: Razer)

Razer Raiju Ultimate Wireless PS4 Controller (Image credit: Razer)

4. Razer Raiju Ultimate Wireless PS4 Controller

Incredibly sturdy and durable

Responsive mechanical buttons

Reliable wired connectivity

Chroma lighting integration

Annoying latency

D-pad options feel cheap

Limited availability

The Razer Raiju Ultimate Wireless PS4 Controller is more suited to seasoned gamers and pros, allowing advanced customization via the Razer mobile app – that includes remapping and adjusting sensitivity. 

If that’s not enough customization for you, you can also make use of interchangeable thumbsticks, the built-in quick control panel, and Hair Trigger Mode – allowing you to be more trigger-happy than ever before.

Much like the other pro controllers on this list, the Raiju Ultimate is chunkier than the DualShock making it more suitable for those who prefer the Xbox One controller style. 

The Raiju Ultimate is a fantastic PS4 controller, but it’s not exactly cheap. Make sure you will make use of advanced customizations before investing – but if you harness the controller’s capabilities then you’ll find your gameplay experience all that much smoother.

Check out our full Razer Raiju Ultimate review.

Best PS4 controllers

Mini Wired Gamepad (Image credit: Sony)

5. Mini Wired Gamepad

It’s not exactly a DualShock – but it’s cheaper