The stock controller for the PS4 is suitable, but there are many options out there that offer a different experience. If you can afford it, your current best bet is the Scuf Vantage 2. It’s customizable, can be used wired or wireless, and it handles well. For something less expensive, we have options based on your budget and what you’re looking for, whether you’re a competitive gamer, have kids who want to play, or just want something with a more comfortable grip.
Best Overall: Scuf Vantage 2
Scuf’s Vantage was already a favorite of professional gamers, and the Vantage 2 just upgrades the experience. Released in October, the new version gives players near-total control over their experience by changing the controller’s physical layout and programming the button configurations.
While the controller is pricey, you’re getting many extra components that make the cost more reasonable. The Vantage 2 comes with two different thumbsticks you can swap out based on your preferred playstyle. The concave stick is designed to improve control, while the domed one will up your accuracy. You can also swap between a D-pad for quickly darting in a straight line and a control disc that’s better for fighting games that favor diagonal movement. All of the materials are high quality, and the textured, non-slip grips will keep your hands steady and comfortable during long play sessions.
Along with being physically customizable, the Vantage 2 works with a free app that allows you to map each button and adjust the sensitivity of the thumbsticks and the intensity of the vibrations. You can save these configurations, alternating between them based on who’s using the controller or what kind of game you’re playing. Scuf provides recommendations for best layouts for fun, including Fortnite and Borderlands 3.
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