Now we have mentions gaming mice, gaming keyboards, gaming headsets but what about video game controllers. I know traditionally PC gamer prefer a really good gaming keyboard and it’s been that why for many years but there are a select few of us that appreciate a good gaming controller. Ok proceed with the hate comments down below, “Playing on a console then”, “Anyone who wants a gaming controller is not a true pc gamer”, etc… Well I not sure these would be the comments but for me someone games are better played with a controller and I’m sure there are gamers out there that would agree!
Let’s dive into some of the “TOP FIVE AFFORDABLE GAMING CONTROLLER UNDER $60” and see what the market has to offer. As always my tiny point of view encourages you to leave any questions or personally opinions of any of the controllers mention in this post at the bottom of the page. Thank you and I hope you find this list to be helpful in your final decision!
MAD CATZ C.T.R.L.R
Mad Catz has been around since 1989, it’s an american company and will bring most gamers great childhood memories. The Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R as most controllers in this list is setup just like the xbox one and 360 controller and why is that because in my opinion is one of the best controllers design to date. The C.T.R.L.R comes in a glossy black, white or red finish and is pretty light weight. The gaming controller has Multiplatform compatibility which allows me to utilize the controller during gameplay on my laptop, my Samsung tablet, android tv and my LG V20.
There are 3 gaming modes which are GameSmart mode for android gaming, Mouse Mode which obviously acts as your tradition computer mouse and Pc Mode which brings the game play to your Personal Computer. The Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R comes equip with built-in media buttons which includes pause, play, forward and volume controls which makes this controller very versatile. The gaming controller comes with PC software which I was able to set-up game specific profiles with keyboard and mouse commands assign to control specific buttons. FULL REVIEW SOON or CHECK IT OUT ON AMAZON NOW!
XBOX One Controller
Microsoft took what works an made minor tweaks to make an even better controller and it still is one of the best ergonomic gaming controllers to date. The wireless xbox one controller is compatible with Window 7, 8.1, Windows 10 and of course Xbox One but even though it isn’t design for android there are some tutorials on the Youtube to pair with the google OS.
The Xbox one controller has twice the range as the xbox 360 controller, bluetooth enabled, comes with a usb cable and comes in a variety of colors. The controller uses two AA batteries or a chargeable power pack which are both sold separately. There is even custom button mapping which allows the gamer to set buttons to their style of game play and who doesn’t like the option to customize. For those gamers participate in console and PC games like me the Xbox One Wireless controller is the perfect option. FULL REVIEW SOON or CHECK IT OUT ON AMAZON NOW!
The Steam Bluetooth gaming controller is by far the most unique controller on this list both in design and function. If your a gamer who gets a lot of your games on your PC from steam chances are you have heard of Steam wireless gaming controller and even if you don’t own it the controller is mostly likely on your list to purchase but for whatever reason you haven’t bit the bullet yet! The Steam controller has a gloss black finish and plenty of skins to purchase on ebay or amazon to customize the look of the controller.
The button layout is different from most modern gaming controllers with dual trackpads, dual stage triggers, back grip buttons and full customization button mapping. The Steam controller trackpads allow for 1:1 absolute positioning via virtual controls similar to a trackball or steering wheel. Dual-stage triggers are both analog or digital which I experience precise aim and fire while playing FPS games. I want to almost say the Steam wireless gaming controller made me a better FPS play and believe me I am horible when it comes to those types of games. Overall the Steam controller is versitle and a new level of gaming all together. FULL REVIEW SOON or CHECK IT OUT ON AMAZON NOW!
STEEL SERIES STRATUS XL
The Steel Series has always produced controllers with striking design and the Steel Series Stratus XL is no different. The controller has a matte black finish, glossy buttons and a similar button layout to the PS4 controller. The stratus XL has an ergonomic design which I found to fit perfectly in my hands and remains comfortable during hours of gameplay.
The controller has home and back buttons for easy navigation on android. The controller is compatible with Android 3.1+, Windows 7+, and all the major VR headsets. Most gamers are going to be looking to use this controller with steam and I found it works well with Steam Big Picture mode. The bluetooth connection which can be determine by the four LEDs on the front top of the controller remain strong and responsive the whole time I was immersed in the game. FULL REVIEW SOON or CHECK IT OUT ON AMAZON NOW!
NVIDIA SHIELD WIRELESS CONTROLLER
The Nvidia Shield Wireless Controller is the official controller of the Nvidia Shield Tablet and the Shield TV which will be showcase on the We Deem Channel in the near future. The new polygon design of the controller is extremely cool looking and in my opinion ten notches above the original design but in newer models I personally would redesign that silver center part of the controller which I believe is an eye soar and takes away from the cool factor of the overall design. The controller’s layout is exactly how the Steel Series Stratus XL is but Nvidia placed their media buttons at the bottom of the controller for easier thumb access since they will be conveniently placed on the analog sticks most of the time.
The controller’s battery life seems to last as long as my heart was content and according to Nvidia it lasts about 60+ hours thanks to advanced bluetooth technology. The Shield controller does have dual vibration giving the gamer action feedback and giving off an immersive experience. It comes equipped with a mic jack as all gaming controllers should which allows for google voice search. The Nvidia Shield Controller is the most expensive gaming controller on the list coming in at the $60 mark but it is well worth tehe money. FULL REVIEW SOON or CHECK IT OUT ON AMAZON NOW!
XBOX 360 WIRED CONTROLLER
The Xbox 360 wired controller for Windows delivers a similar gaming experience from the 360 to your PC… If you are an Xbox 360 console gamer and looking to transition to a high-end gaming Windows PC this controller will most definitely make the transition easy. The controller is compatible with Windows 8+ and Xbox 360 consoles. The controller has a compact design and provides one of the most comfortable gaming experiences. This is where it all started, one of the most ergonomics controllers ever designed and if your looking around that statement is proven by the many gaming controllers that mimic it’s design as well as button layout.
The controller can be found in a variety of colors but the most common would be the matte black finish and standard Xbox 360 controller color schemed buttons (red,green,blue and yellow). The analog sticks are place in the most comfortable and continent place for your thumbs. The bumper and trigger button are located within perfect reach of your index fingers. If your looking for a controller that works across all Microsoft platforms, a controller that offers a great gaming experience and feels comfortable after long gameplay at an affordable price then take a look at the Wire Xbox 360 controller. CHECK IT OUT ON AMAZON NOW!