Tired of seeing your normal-looking official PS4 controller? Maybe you need to shake things up and replace it with something that will not only make you stand out among your PS4-owner friends, but also enhance your overall gaming experience. We are here to assist you on both fronts.
Just like our list of the best PS4 gaming accessories, we’ll help you pick the best PS4 controller that you wish you knew about earlier. But before that, let us define first the three types of PS4 controllers you’ll see in this listing.
Officially licensed custom PS4 controllers
These are Sony-approved, third-party customized PS4 controllers. The thumbs-up from Sony is pretty much your guarantee that these controllers are high-quality and thoroughly tested. There aren’t many of them out in the market, though. Sony probably doesn’t want to give players too many options, lest their official PS4 controllers take a hit in sales. In fact, the two officially licensed custom controllers in this listing were only just released very recently.
Unofficial modded PS4 controllers
These are custom controllers that didn’t get approval from Sony. Modded PS4 controllers are controllers that have been modified to give players certain advantages that they wouldn’t normally have. Like the ability to reload or go into scope mode way quicker than normal in an FPS. In short, using these controllers is a form of cheating. Pretty harmless if you mainly play single-player and simply want to have godly advantages over your enemies. However, you will be slapped with a ban if you’re caught using one during online multiplayer. So refrain from using them outside of single-player.
Re-skinned PS4 controllers
Unlike customized controllers (official or unofficial), re-skinned PS4 controllers only offer cosmetic changes. They’re like Champion Skins in League of Legends or alternate costumes in fighting games. Aside from giving you the chance to look cooler than normal while playing, these controllers function just like regular PS4 controllers. Sony already offers a bunch of differently colored official PS4 controllers. But there are a few limited edition or unofficial ones that are just too good to pass up.
Now, onto the listing of our top choices for the best PS4 controllers.
Nacon Revolution Pro Controller
The second of the two Sony-licensed custom PS4 controllers announced last year, the Nacon Revolution Pro looks even more like an Xbox One controller, thanks to the switched left analog stick and directional buttons. The extra-large 8-way directional buttons ensure that your fingers don’t slip away while executing a long combo in a fighting game, which could mean the difference between victory and defeat. The left analog stick also has a cratered design for a better grip.
The highlight of the Nacon Revolution Pro is the abnormally large right analog stick. Featuring a fancy LED at the base, the right analog stick is designed for more accurate movements, which can be further enhanced by adjusting its sensitivity. The LED indicates which of the two modes the controller is currently using: Pro Control mode (blue light) or Advanced mode (red light). The latter means you’re using a customized analog sensitivity. The light can be turned off if it’s annoying you, though.
Like the Razer Raiju, this custom PS4 controller also has four additional buttons, which are all located on the underside for less confusion. You can use these extra buttons to re-map certain commands in a particular game to make your life easier. Because, really, some games feel like the default buttons on a regular PS4 controller isn’t enough. The default action buttons can also be re-mapped according to your preferences.
Another unique feature is the adjustable weight. Each of the controller’s grip houses a small compartment where you can insert a pair of weights (10g, 14g, or 17g) to customize the feel and comfort of the controller. For pure customizability, both software-wise and hardware-wise, the Nacon Revolution Pro is arguably the best PS4 controller out there.
Hori Fighting Commander
Fighting games are best played on arcade machines. There’s just no beating those large buttons that are arranged horizontally for easier combo chains. The closest you can get to replicating that is to buy a custom controller that’s designed specifically for fighting games. Like the Hori Fighting Commander controller, for example.
This Sony-licensed custom PS4 controller is well-suited for dishing out punishing combos in fighting games like Street Fighter V. Featuring a design similar to the classic SEGA Genesis controller, the Hori Fighting Commander has the four action buttons and the R1 and R2 buttons arranged horizontally on the right side, similar to an arcade machine. This allows your right to thumb to press each button without delay.
Though the controller – which comes in black or BlazBlue Central Fiction design – still features two shoulder buttons for additional input, the two analog sticks are nowhere to be found. So you might want to steer clear of this controller when playing a non-fighting game, like an action-RPG or a stealth shooter. The Hori Fighting Commander may not be the best PS4 controller when it comes to overall functionality, but it’s certainly an excellent fit for all your fighting games.
Blue Out Master Modded PS4 Controller
Don’t be fooled by its rather simplistic appearance, the Blue Out Master Modded PS4 Controller is packed with features so juicy that you’ll have a tough time switching back to your regular PS4 controller. And though it’s marketed mainly for FPS games, this modded controller also works for other games where you use guns as weapons. Like The Last Of Us and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The rapid fire mod basically gives your character godlike triggers, decimating every enemy in sight.
The mods, which range from auto-sprinting to quick-scoping, can be easily activated using a small button at the back of the controller. And the best part is, you can use multiple mods at the same time, as long as they’re applicable to whatever game you’re playing. This modded controller is pretty much your ticket to a worry-free gameplay, especially if you’re not too fond of spamming trigger buttons. Though it’s advertised as 100 percent undetectable during online multiplayer, it’s best to keep things safe and only use this modded controller during single-player mode.
BlackZone Modded Z805
If the numerous mods on the Blue Out Master Modded PS4 Controller are simply too much for you, then the BlackZone Z805 is an excellent alternative. It looks exactly like a regular PS4 controller, except for the two extra LEDs that indicate whether one or more mods are currently active.
In most FPS games, this modded PS4 controller allows you to basically turn semi-automatic and single-shot weapons like pistols into fully automatic weapons. This means shotguns instantly become harbingers of death, spraying bullets so fast that your enemies won’t know what hit them. It also has an automatic drop shot mod, allowing you to instantly evade incoming return fire upon firing. Well, assuming your targets manage to survive. If you want a controller tailored specifically for FPS games, the BlackZone Z805 is one of the best PS4 controllers you can have.
Hori Pad FPS Plus
Unlike the Hori Fighting Commander above, the Hori Pad FPS Plus isn’t a Sony-licensed custom PS4 controller. You can easily tell by the missing PlayStation logo. But like the custom controllers made by Nacon, its overall design also looks more like an Xbox One controller.
The Hori Pad FPS Plus features one extra button at the back, which allows you to change the sensitivity on-the-go. You can also re-map an action button to this extra button, though its location isn’t exactly easy to reach. Thanks to the controller’s Turbo function, you can spam the directional and action buttons and the triggers without dropping a sweat. If, after all these years, you still haven’t gotten the “Meryl Ending” in Metal Gear Solid because your finger simply isn’t fast enough to “survive” Revolver Ocelot’s torture, this custom controller is your gift from the gaming gods.
The most notable difference between the Hori Pad FPS Plus and the regular PS4 controller are the triggers. In the former, the triggers are actually buttons similar to the action buttons, which makes it easier for spamming. This custom controller also doesn’t have a 3.5mm port and doesn’t vibrate like other DualShock controllers.
DualShock 4 – Call of Duty Limited Edition
If the camo-themed DualShock 4 controller doesn’t make you feel like a boss while playing Call of Duty: Black Ops III, then this limited edition DualShock 4 will. The design is based on the “dark, futuristic world” of the hit FPS, as Sony put it. It looks similar to the gray-colored 20th Anniversary Edition DualShock 4, but with orange directional buttons and analog sticks. There’s also a subtle “III” on the right grip. Like all other re-skinned PS4 controllers, this Call of Duty Limited Edition DualShock 4 features the same functions as the factory version.
DualShock 4 – Darth Vader Edition
The Force is strong with this controller. The DualShock 4 Darth Vader Edition originally came with the Star Wars Battlefront PS4 bundle. But now you can get it without the console itself. This re-skinned PS4 controller is modeled after Darth Vader – specifically, the breathing apparatus on his armor. The colors of the directional buttons and action buttons, shoulder buttons, and analog sticks all mirror the buttons on Darth Vader’s breathing apparatus. The coolest detail in this DualShock 4 controller is the “STAR WARS” text on the touchpad, replacing the usual dots on the regular DualShock 4.
DualShock 4 – Exclusive Crystal Edition
Electronics with see-through housings or covers always had a certain charm to them that makes them extra cooler than others. The DualShock 4 Exclusive Crystal Edition is no different, allowing you to check out the insides of the controller as it vibrates. This controller was only released in Japan, which explains the Japanese text on its box and the “exclusive” tag. Though it looks like it’s made of cheap plastic, rest assured that this controller is as durable as the regular ones. It is an official Sony product, after all.
“Bloody Hands” Custom PS4 Controller
Quite the piece of, um, art, isn’t it? The Bloody Hands custom-painted PS4 controller by ModdedZone, despite the manufacturer’s name, isn’t really a modded controller. Its functions and features are the same as regular PS4 controllers, so you can definitely use this one during online multiplayer matches without fearing the ban hammer.
Well, actually, this custom controller is an official Sony DualShock 4 controller, but with a custom hand-painted design. Technically, it’s a modded controller. But since it only features cosmetic changes, it’s lumped alongside re-skinned controllers. The next time someone doubts that your fingers bled out while playing Dark Souls III, show this controller as “proof.”
This literally bloody re-skinned PS4 controller concludes our list of the best PS4 controllers out in the market. We hope we helped you decide on the best PS4 controller that suits your gaming needs!
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