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Best PS4 Controllers and PS4 Pro Controllers 2022

The Dualshock 4 controller comes standard with every Playstation 4.  In our special we clarify which alternatives to the classic the market offers.

The Dualshock 4 controller comes standard with every Playstation 4. In our special we clarify which alternatives to the classic the market offers.

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From cheap to expensive, with special skins or special keys, in custom versions or simply in the standard version from Sony: there are plenty of PS4 controllers. In our comparison, we present you with current alternatives for controlling your PlayStation and tell you which is best for what.

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For high demands: NACON PS4 Revolution Pro 3

The Nacon Revolution Pro 3 offers a lot of extra functions including programmable profiles.

The Nacon Revolution Pro 3 offers a lot of extra functions including programmable profiles.


  • four configurable shortcut keys
  • Weight adjustable
  • configurable profiles
  • Adjustable trigger and stick sensitivity
  • Fits comfortably in your hand


  • wired
  • closely spaced buttons takes some getting used to

Suitable for: demanding gamers who want to precisely calibrate the controller’s sensitivity; racing game fans

Price: around 100 to 110 euros

Nacon PS4 Revolution Pro 3 at MediaMarkt*

Customizable by weights: The Revolution Pro 3 allows the weight to be adjusted via two chambers into which one or two of the six included weights can be inserted. But even so, the controller feels good in the hand. There are four configurable buttons on the inside of the handles, and the control pad can also be used as a four-way or eight-way version. Getting used to: The buttons are much closer together than on the DS4.

Configurable profiles: The software, which allows different profiles to be configured, is particularly interesting for anyone who wants to adapt the controller to their own needs. The reaction curve of both sticks, the vibration strength and the sensitivity of both trigger buttons can be adjusted. The latter makes the Revolution Pro 3 very well suited for, among other things racing games or titles like Rocket League, where you like to have precise control over how much gas you give. A button on the bottom of the controller lets you quickly switch between profiles.

Barely changed: Like its predecessor, the Revolution Pro 3 only works with a cable connection, the sticks are arranged asymmetrically like the Xbox controller. Otherwise there are hardly any changes. In our opinion, the arrangement of the keys on the underside is a bit more comfortable, but it’s ultimately a matter of taste. The same goes for minor adjustments to the directional pad, right stick, and buttons.

Wireless alternative: With the Nacon Revolution Unlimited* there is now also a wireless version that works with a USB dongle. Unfortunately, their battery life of around 7 hours is even shorter than that of the DualShock 4. On the front, the Nacon Revolution Unlimited can hardly be distinguished from the Pro 3, but on the back there are a few additional buttons that you can use to control the volume and the microphone, among other things can be adjusted if you have a headset connected. At around 125 euros, the price for it is a bit higher.

Conclusion: The Nacon Revolution Pro 3 works precisely and, with its many configuration options, provides the opportunity to adapt the controller to your own needs. But there hasn’t been much progress. Because it’s cheaper than other high-end controllers, the Pro Evolution 3 is our buy recommendation. But if you already own the predecessor or a comparable gamepad, you don’t need to spend any more money.

Nacon PS4 Revolution Pro 3 at MediaMarkt*

The default controller: Sony DualShock 4

The DualShock 4 controller comes standard with every PS4 and costs around 50 to 60 euros separately.

The DualShock 4 controller comes standard with every PS4 and costs around 50 to 60 euros separately.


  • has all the usual functions
  • comparatively cheap for the quality


  • no customization options
  • a bit small for big hands

Suitable for: Everything, but not particularly good for anything.

Price: about 60 euros

Sony DualShock 4 at Amazon*

Standard equipment: The DualShock 4 is the standard controller for PS4 and features a light bar, built-in mono speakers, a stereo headset jack and motion sensors. However, these features are rarely used in games. The connection to the console works wirelessly via Bluetooth or via USB cable. Since the beginning of 2020 you can Attachment with two additional back buttons buy, which is not exactly cheap at around 40 euros. Incidentally, it will not work on the new DualSense for the PS5.

No configuration options: With a weight of 210 grams, the controller feels good in the hand, but sometimes proves to be a bit awkward to use, especially for larger hands. It also doesn’t offer any special configuration options, nor does it offer any conspicuous extras.

No weaknesses: On the other hand, he doesn’t have any particular weaknesses either. The Dual Shock 4 has all the features you would expect from a controller these days, and everything works at least at a decent level.

PS5 and DualShock: You can also use the DualShock 4 (like many third-party controllers) on the PS5, but only for PS4 games. For PS5 titles you need the successor DualSense. Unfortunately, this is not compatible with the PS4.

Conclusion: The DualShock 4 doesn’t have any special advantages, but it does its job reliably, is wireless and of course offers all the usual PlayStation features. Since the price-performance ratio is also right, it is our recommendation for everyone who has no special requirements but uses their controller for this genre and for that.

Sony DualShock 4 at Amazon*

The second controller: Nacon Wired Compact Controller

The Nacon Wired Compact Controller offers all the basic functions of the Sony controller at a lower price.

The Nacon Wired Compact Controller offers all the basic functions of the Sony controller at a lower price.


  • cheap
  • everything important works


  • works only with cable
  • Motion sensors, light bar and speakers are missing
  • no extras
  • a bit small for big hands

Suitable as: Second controller for local multiplayer

Price: about 40 to 50 euros

Nacon Wired Compact Controller at Saturn*

The second cheapest: Nacon’s Wired Compact Controller is one of the more affordable models on our list. On page 2, however, you will find low-budget controllers that undercut it by 10 to 20 euros. Like Sony’s Dualshock 4, Nacon’s wired version also has a built-in touchpad and a 3.5mm jack for stereo headsets.

Economical equipment: However, for the low price compared to the DualShock, buyers have to do without some features: The Nacon Wired Compact has neither a motion sensor nor a light bar or integrated mono speakers. A wireless Bluetooth connection is also missing. Instead, you connect the controller to your PS4 (or a PC) using a three-meter USB cable.

For small hands: In terms of size, the Nacon Wired Compact is roughly the same as Sony’s Dualshock 4, but is a bit bulkier. Large hands might experience slight handling problems, similar to Sony’s original Dualshock 4. It is therefore best to take the controller into your own hands before you buy it.

Conclusion: The Nacon Wired Compact Controller is basically a cheap and slimmed-down version of the standard Dual Shock 4 controller. What is offered is not enough to use it as the main controller. But if you are looking for a second controller for occasional local multiplayer games, this is the place for you.

Nacon Wired Compact Controller at Saturn*

The low-budget purchase tip: CSL Wireless PS4 Gamepad

Compared to other controllers in its price range, the CSL Wireless PS4 Gamepad offers quite a lot of features.

Compared to other controllers in its price range, the CSL Wireless PS4 Gamepad offers quite a lot of features.


  • wireless
  • all the usual functions
  • cheap


  • worse haptics than the Dualshock
  • Analog sticks a bit sensitive
  • Numbers instead of symbols
  • mediocre battery (500 mAh)

Suitable for: Everyone except those who still have to look at the icons to know which key to press.

Price: about 30 euros

CSL Wireless PS4 Gamepad at Amazon*

All features: The CSL Wireless Gamepad has all the features you would expect from a PS4 controller: from the light bar to the motion sensor and vibration function to the 3.5mm headset jack, everything is there. Wireless use via Bluetooth also works without any problems. Unfortunately, the battery is a bit small at 500 mAh.

Small flaws in handling: The CSL Wireless Gamepad essentially does its job reliably, with the buttons there are hardly any differences to the Dualshock. At best, the analog sticks react a little bit more sensitively. In addition, the CSL doesn’t feel as good in the hand as the Dualshock, the grips are a bit too angular. But you can get used to it.

Numbers instead of symbols: It is also noticeable that the buttons on the right side are labeled with numbers instead of the usual symbols. Experienced PlayStation players won’t mind, they know what to press without looking. However, if you hand the CSL to a fellow player in local multiplayer who does not own a PlayStation himself, he may be a little confused.

Conclusion: The CSL cannot quite keep up with the Dualshock, but it is also correspondingly cheaper and still not too far off in terms of quality. Compared to the Nacon Compact, which is in the same price range, it offers a lot of additional features. However, the Nacon fits the hand a little better. Whether the CSL is the better choice depends primarily on how important its features and wireless operation are to you.

CSL Wireless PS4 Gamepad at Amazon*

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