Best PS5 controllers in 2024

The best PS5 controllers are certainly not as plentiful in terms of choice as they are on competing consoles. However, what's available is of superb quality and as time has passed, we're seeing ever more options. While Sony itself offers high quality official gamepads, third-party controllers are also worth a look with their pro-level features like remappable buttons, trigger stops and swappable modules.

We'll start by saying that both the official DualSense and the DualSense Edge are easily some of the best PS5 controllers. They feature bespoke haptic feedback and adaptive triggers that you won't find elsewhere due to Sony's ownership of the tech. Both offer unparalleled immersion on PS5, but that's not to say other controllers aren't worth checking out, as many have features not present in Sony's pads.

If you're looking to take your PS5 experience up a notch, it's worth checking out the rest of the best PS5 accessories. We'd say a handful of these accessories are just as important as some of the best SSDs for PS5, which in turn will allow you to install even more of the best PS5 games available.

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Best PS5 controllers in 2024 

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Best overall PS5 controller

DualSense next to PS5

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The best PS5 controller

Reasons to buy

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Adaptive triggers and haptic feedback 
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Ergonomic design 
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Competitively priced 

Reasons to avoid

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Disappointing battery life 
Buy it if

You want all the leading PS5 controller features: The DualSense features haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, a touchpad, and gyro controls as the most advanced OEM pad on the market. 

Don't buy it if

You want a PS5 controller with good battery life: All the bells and whistles come at a price as the DualSense only averages around 4-8 hours on a single charge. 

The DualSense Wireless Controller takes the top spot as the best PS5 controller right now. It offers excellent build quality and features even higher-end alternatives don’t. We’ve been using this particular controller now for over three years to great success because of the genuinely innovative inclusions of haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, which both first and third-party game developers are utilizing in exciting ways. 

Extra features aside, the DualSense is just an incredibly well-designed gamepad to have in your hands. A little curvier than the DualShock 4 that shipped with the PS4, this makes for a controller that’s more comfortable to use for long play sessions. Every aspect of the controller, such as the face buttons, the D-pad, and those all-star triggers, feels great to the touch.

Where the DualSense is let down by the battery life. All these extra bells and whistles come at a cost: you can expect anywhere from four to eight hours of use between charges. We often found ourselves reaching for the included USB-C cable when going the distance in longer titles such as God of War Raganrok and Ghost of Tsushima.

Best pro PS5 controller

DualSense Edge

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The best PS5 controller for pro gaming

Reasons to buy

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A step up in build quality 
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Lots of customization options 
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New function buttons are great

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive for what it is 
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Battery life is a step down
Buy it if

You want an official pro controller: Unlike other pro-level PS5 controllers, the DualSense Edge retains everything from the DualSense while adding remappable buttons, trigger stops, and improved sticks. 

Don't buy it if

You want good value for money: With its steep asking price and worse battery life than the original, the DualSense Edge could be too expensive for some. 

While the DualSense Edge is only a slight improvement over the stock model, what’s offered here with this upgraded version is more likely to appeal to hardcore gamers. Priced at $199.99 / £209.99 / AU$339.95, this gamepad isn’t meant to replace the standard PS5 controller. 

The biggest upgrade with the DualSense Edge is in the build quality and aesthetic tweaks. It’s down to the redesigned triggers, touchpad, and slightly heavier chassis. It feels like a premium product while offering the extra functionality you should expect from a controller that’s more than double the cost of a standard DualSense. 

We particularly enjoyed the adjustable trigger stops, rear paddles, and function buttons which made a real difference in games like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and Returnal. Depending on how you play on your PS5, you’ll either notice these additions as game changers or nice extras. 

The one thing that the DualSense Edge doesn’t address is the battery life. You can expect anywhere from six to eight hours, depending on what features you’re using. We found that the controller averaged just over seven hours before going flat when utilizing everything that the Edge could do. 

Seeing as some PS5 controllers aimed at the Esports scene strip away core DualSense functionality and cost more than this, such as with the Razer Wolverine V2 Pro, we think this model is a good investment for those who will use it to its full potential.  

Best versatile PS5 controller

Victrix Pro BFG

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The best PS5 controller for versatility

Reasons to buy

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 Modular nature  
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 Replaceable sticks and D-pads  
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 Long battery life 

Reasons to avoid

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 No DualSense features  
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 Pricey  
Buy it if

Modularity is essential for you: The Victrix Pro BFG features additional sticks, D-pads, and even a fight stick module meaning it has a ton of variety for competitive and casual play. 

Don't buy it if

You want to retain DualSense functionality: As with other third-party PS5 controllers, you won't find adaptive triggers or rumble of any kind on the Victrix Pro BFG. 

If you’re after a competitive edge in some of the more demanding PS5 games then you should strongly consider the Victrix Pro BFG controller. That’s because this gamepad features not only five different levels of trigger adjustments, four remappable back paddles, and multiple sticks and D-pads to choose from but also an entire fightpad module, too. 

Priced at $179.99 / £179.99 / AU$269, the Victrix Pro BFG is considerably more expensive than the standard DualSense, yes, but it does significantly undercut the competition from other first and third-party offerings. A major strength of this PS5 controller that we found in our testing was the lengthy battery life, of which you can expect up to 20 hours, and the lightweight nature of the remote itself. You’ve also got a protective carrying case and a 3m long braided USB-C cable just in case you want to bring it to all kinds of gaming tournaments with you. 

The trade-off here is that you’re forgoing the DualSense functionality all together. Now, this isn’t just the case with the Victrix BFG Pro, as other officially licensed pads also aren’t  using adaptive triggers and haptic feedback. But keep in mind that everything has been stripped back here to prioritize low latency and responsive gaming over more immersive features from the stock PS5 controller. 

Best custom PS5 controller

Scuf Reflex Pro controller

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The best PS5 controller for customization

Reasons to buy

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Vastly customizable 
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Rear paddles work great 
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The grip is lovely 

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life isn't improved 
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Premium price tag 
Buy it if

You want a customized DualSense: The Scuf Reflex Pro uses the DualSense as a base and adds remappable paddles as extra buttons and a high-performance grip. You're also able to customize every detail to your liking, too. 

Don't buy it if

You enjoy haptic feedback: While the Scuf Reflex Pro features adaptive triggers as standard, these can be swapped out for instant-click versions, it doesn't have haptic feedback, instead just a basic rumble pack.

The main attraction of the Scuf Reflex Pro is its customization options, where you can create unique color schemes for your controller with a simple-to-use design tool. You’re paying a pretty penny for the privilege, though. With prices starting at $219.99 / £219.99 (roughly AU$315), fine-tuning your pad doesn’t come cheap. 

Our review unit has a black and red color scheme with a complementing face plate and color-matched buttons, triggers, bumpers, and D-pad. There are over 25 pre-made designs to choose from and a vast array of color combinations should you want to take things in a different direction. The main thing that separates the standard Reflex from the Pro variant is the ‘high-performance grip’, which costs $19.99 / £19.99 (approximately $AU38) to add to your controller. We found that it was easily the better investment here as it feels substantially more supportive than the otherwise smooth finish of the DualSense’s chassis. 

The Scuf Reflex Pro retains everything that makes the PS5 DualSense special, the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. You’re also getting remappable paddles, which you can use to free up your hands over the face buttons. Ultimately, we found these functions are ultimately secondary to the design customization. If you’ve dreamed of having a particular color combo for your PS5 controller with the extra coin to spend, this is a great start. 

Best PS5 controller for accessibility

Hands-on picture of the PlayStation Access controller

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The best PS5 controller for accessibility

Reasons to buy

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Exceptional versatility and flexibility 
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Buttons and attachments are sublime
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Wonderful joystick that’s so easy to use 

Reasons to avoid

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Can’t replace a DualSense like-for-like
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Doesn’t come with enough button types for every button
Buy it if

You have accessibility needs that require something extra: With an array of implementations, button types, use cases, and flexibility on offer, the PlayStation Access controller will open doors or should you need something extra in accessibility, be it small changes or large-scale overhauls.

Don't buy it if

You need a total solution from a single accessibility controller: Given that one Access controller cannot, sadly, replace one DualSense controller wholesale, it doesn’t represent a complete solution in a single unit. You can, however, add a second Access controller to achieve this but that increases the cost.

Previously known as Project Leonardo, the PlayStation Access controller marks Sony's first official foray into the realm of accessibility-friendly gamepads. The result is a controller that's potentially more accommodating to disabled players than the standard DualSense Wireless Controller. And it comes packed with a range of modules including sets of buttons and tags to help aid players that may require more specific tools.

Coming in at $89.99 / £79.99, the PlayStation Access is unfortunately more expensive than the DualSense. This represents a bit more of a barrier to entry for those on a budget; especially so if you require two Access controllers during play.

Overall, though, we're happy that Sony has created the Access controller. Many of its first-party games are also being updated with official support. In our review, we appreciated the sheer versatility offered by the Access, as well as its high-quality modules and fantastically-designed joystick.

Best PS5 controller for fighting games

Nacon Daija

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The best PS5 controller for fighting games

Reasons to buy

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Excellent feeling buttons 
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Robust build quality 
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Comfortable on lap and table 

Reasons to avoid

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A little bulky 
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Availability is spotty right now 
Buy it if

You want an arcade-quality experience: The Nacon Daija is about as close to arcade-level fighting game sticks as you can get for the price. It's perfect for wanting authenticity in the likes of Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and Tekken. 

Don't buy it if

You want something lighter: While the Nacon Daija absolutely nails the feel of an authentic arcade setup, it does also happen to be one of the heaviest PS5 fight sticks available. 

If you’re looking at a new PS5 controller to get the most out of fighting games, then you should look past a traditional gamepad. The Nacon Daija is our pick for the best fight stick. We were continuously impressed with the build quality, the parts used, and the overall responsiveness when battling it out in titles such as Guilty Gear Strive and Tekken 7. It’s not cheap, though: the Daija currently retails for around $292 / £240 from its €279.90 cited MSRP.  

The Nacon Daija is a controller, with a good amount of heft and size, making it stable when the fighting gets intense. We found the Daija comfortable whether used on the lap or a table. What’s particularly great about this controller is you can open it up to make repairs or any upgrades to the buttons, switches, and stick if required. Given that you’re getting top-of-the-line Sanwa-Denshi parts here, we never saw the immediate need to swap these out. 

While primarily marketed at the fighting game community, the Nacon Daija is also a superstar for your arcade games. We particularly enjoyed run-throughs of titles such as Streets of Rage 4, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredders Revenge, and Metal Slug 3. Given the price tag, it’s certainly an investment, but if you want to take on the latest and greatest fighting games with superior input control than a gamepad, then we think it’s worth a shot. 

Best PS5 controllers - FAQs

Which PS5 controller version is best?

Between Sony's official offerings, the DualSense Edge is undoubtedly the best, with a premium finish and extras like custom profile creation, button and macro assignments and a handy on-controller profile switch feature. As it's incredibly expensive, though, you may wish to consider the standard DualSense controller, which shares features like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.

What is the best PS5 controller for drift?

Both the DualSense and DualSense Edge lack Hall-sensing analog sticks, meaning both risk stick drift over longer periods of time. To combat this, you may wish to purchase a controller like the Victrix Pro BFG. While these don't come with Hall effect sticks by default, manufacturer PDP sells these modules separately on its website.

After more top PS5 peripherals? Our guides to the best PS5 headsets and best PS5 racing wheels will allow you to expand your setup in various, immersive ways.

Rhys Wood
Hardware Editor

Rhys is TRG's Hardware Editor, and has been part of the TechRadar team for more than two years. Particularly passionate about high-quality third-party controllers and headsets, as well as the latest and greatest in fight sticks and VR, Rhys strives to provide easy-to-read, informative coverage on gaming hardware of all kinds. As for the games themselves, Rhys is especially keen on fighting and racing games, as well as soulslikes and RPGs.

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