The Xbox One Elite controller is far and away the most premium-feeling controller I've ever used. It's like playing video games with a luxury vehicle.
If we're talking strictly comfort, and not functional quibbles like D-pad woes, I'm also a massive, massive fan of the Switch Pro controller. Big, flat face buttons that offer a nice tactile action, comfortable triggers and shoulder buttons, and rubberized grips that come standard on every Pro controller. Again, the D-pad is a glaring flaw. But everything else feels so natural that I'm willing to dismiss it.
The standard Xbox One and PS4 controllers are a wash. At gunpoint I'd probably tell you the ergonomics of the Xbox One controller suit my tastes more, but the materials seem cheaper, making Microsoft's controller feel more noticeably hollow than its Sony counterpart. Sony's controller, on the other hand, has some of the most satisfying trigger action I've ever enjoyed. That's a nice contrast to the spongy discomfort that represented one of the unfortunate hallmarks of the PS3 controller last generation. Better materials and trigger feel aside, the truth is, I moved on from the thumb-stretching stick placement of the Dual Shock more than a decade ago.
When it comes to those standard controllers, I despise the faux-rubber diamond texture both Sony and Microsoft have on their entry-level controllers. I slightly despise Microsoft's implementation more than Sony's.
My list, then:
- Xbox One Elite Controller
- Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
- PS4 Dual Shock 4
- Nintendo Joycons (which I think are great, by the way, I just prefer the Pro Controller in most situations).
- Xbox One Controller
TL;DR -- Barring the Steam Controller, which I've never used, all of the current generation controllers are actually pretty darn good.
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