If you’re a passionate gamer, then you must’ve realised by now that even though a good keyboard and mouse combination can help you with precise aim and a quick response time, nothing can compare with the joy of using a retro controller to smash your enemies! But if you can’t decide which one to buy, then here’s a list of some of the best retro controllers you can buy for PC gaming!
If you have spent a lot on your gaming setup already and want to buy an inexpensive yet efficient controller, then the 8Bitdo SPF30 Pro can be a good choice to invest in. Apart from sporting an eye-catching design, this controller is equipped with two analogue joysticks that are clickable, four face buttons, a pair of shoulder buttons, a sync button, a D-pad, a screenshot button, and a home button. It is compatible with Windows, macOS and Android. You can quickly connect it as an X-Input or D-Input device via Bluetooth 4.0 or using the USB cable (Type-C) without any hassles. If you want great motion controls, firm grip, the classic feel of a Nintendo controller and hours of comfortable gaming, then this 136.08-gram controller might do the job for you.
Founded in 2006, Hyperkin has been manufacturing world-class video game peripherals and accessories, and the “Scout” Premium SNES-style controller is no exception. This premium controller weighs only 226.8g. It has a durable body and sleek design that not only provides a better grip but also ensures hours of comfortable gaming (as claimed by the manufacturers). You can connect it to your PC or Mac using the 10-ft. cable and play like a professional as this controller claims to minimise discomfort due to its design. This controller has four face buttons, two shoulder buttons, and a D-pad so you can move your character whichever way you want without breaking a sweat.
We had to include another product by 8Bitdo in this list as the company doesn’t leave any stone unturned while producing high-quality retro-themed controllers. This one is compatible with PC, Mac, Android, Nintendo Switch, Raspberry Pi and Steam, so you can enjoy all your favourite games without any compatibility issues. You can pair it up wirelessly using Bluetooth or using the USB cable that is provided with the controller. This gamepad gives you control over everything as you can customise the vibration levels, create macros, change the sensitivity of the buttons and use button mapping as per your needs. It also boasts of a 6-axis motion sensor and 1000 mAh Li-ion battery that allows 20 hours of claimed playtime after a single charge of four hours.
If you are looking for a controller compatible with the Xbox One and Windows 10, then this controller by Hyperkin might be perfect. This controller boasts several modern features like precision analogue triggers and all the necessary buttons so you can play your favourite games easily. This sleek controller has a sturdy build and is highly portable as it will not take up much space in your travelling bag. It comes with a 3.5-mm headset jack and a 9-ft. cable so you can plug it in and fight to glory. This compact controller might feel a little packed at first, but it is a good choice for those who are looking for affordable controllers with higher efficiency (as claimed by the manufacturers).
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