Now is absolutely the time to buy a new PS4 controller. Not only are there some incredible PS4 games coming out of E3 2018, but Sony is running a special 'Days of Play' event, which heavily discounts consoles, accessories, and games across the PlayStation range. You can pick up a new PS4 controller for about $15/£10 cheaper if you buy before 18 June, when the sale ends. Both the regular DualShocks and the Special Edition controllers are in the sale, and you can grab the Razer Raiju cheaper too. We've included all the Days of Play prices in the deals below. But which one are you going to buy?
There's no doubt: the official PS4 controller is the best standard model you can buy, and you're usually looking at between $45-55 / £40-50 for a brand new DualShock 4. Don't buy second-hand, ever, as used PS4 pads are often worn, and the early models of the PS4 controller actually had manufacturing issues with the thumbsticks. All new controllers are free from these issues. You always get an official controller in every PS4 bundle. There are also third-party controllers, created in association with Sony, and we've listed the best here. They're great for Pro-gaming, but regular PS4 owners should stick with the official pads. If you need a run-down of what games to get too, here are the best PS4 games available in 2018.
Does the PS4 controller worth with PC?
Yes, the official PS4 controllers do work with PCs, and they’re pretty easy to set-up. They’re, for us, the best controller you can use for PC gaming, so it’s well worth grabbing one if you prefer a pad to keyboard and mouse. Our sister site, PC Gamer, has an excellent and clear set-up guide right here: How to use a PlayStation 4 pad on PC. We’ve got the best deals on PS4 controllers below.
The official PS4 controller - best prices
This is the original DualShock 4, and it’s incredibly versatile. Works with every PS4 and PS4 Pro, and the design has been tweaked since the PS4 originally launched to make the thumbsticks more robust. Be warned: the standard PS4 controller does NOT come with a USB charging cable, which it needs. You should have one from the box of the PS4 console you bought, but if not spares are cheap and widely available. You need a USB to micro-USB cable, and they’re both cheap and widely available. Here is a link to the Amazon Basics version, which does the job just fine. The standard DualShock 4 is also available in a bunch of different colours, so you can select that at checkout.
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Official GT Sport Limited Edition controller - best prices
This lovely, subtle GT Sport Limited Edition controller for PS4 is a neat way to show your love for the series, without ruining the excellent design of the standard DualShock. Comes in a nice silver color, and has an understated GT Sport logo on the touchpad. The perfect way to celebrate the series' 20th anniversary this year.
God of War limited edition controller - best prices
Oooh, you fancy one of these, don’t you? It’s an official controller, so has the exact same features as the standard DualShock 4, but this one has all kinds of fancy God of War stylings on it. There’s a rune on the right hand-grip, a game logo on the touchpad, and two-tone colors on the base of the handles. Looks a bit like Kratos’ face, if he’s sad. Perfect for anyone looking to create a God of War bundle for someone’s birthday - just get the game and the pad. Only problem? It isn't available in the US, and it's very limited stock in the UK...
Razer Raiju - a great PS4 pad for eSports. Ideal for shooters
For some, the official PS4 controller isn’t quite good enough. Maybe you’re looking to take part in eSports, or play online in some official tournaments. You should consider looking at the Razer Raiju, as it offers a few features that aren’t standard on other pads. It has hair-triggers and sprung face-buttons that are more responsive and snappy than the slightly spongy versions on the official pad. On top of that, the analogue sticks are more responsive too, cutting down on any slight deadzone between pushing the stick and something happening on screen. To be clear, these are incredibly marginal improvements, but they can make all the difference to professional and tournament play. It also has mappable buttons under the pad itself, so you can program certain sequences in, handy if you’re looking to guarantee certain movesets every time you attempt them. The downside is that this is super-pricey.
Works with PC? Yes.
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Nacon Revolution Pro - a more complex pad for a cheaper price. Great for fighting games
If you don’t want to splash over $120 / £120 on a Pro controller, then the Nacon is a nice halfway house between the official DualShock and the Razer Raiju. Just be aware that you get what you pay for, so while the pad is more set-up for eSports than the standard Sony controller - with more sensitive triggers, responsive sticks, and a better d-pad (which makes it ideal for fighting games). The pad is weightier too, much like the Razer, so you’ll need to adjust your grip to get the most out of it.
Works with PC? Yes.
Official Sony Dualshock 4 charging station - best prices
If you don't want wires running between your PS4 console and your sofa, it may be time to invest in one of these PS4 controller charging stations. They plug neatly into a power source, and allow you to charge a couple of pads wherever you choose, regardless of whether or not your console is switched on. A handy piece of kit, and available at a decent price now.
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