The best PS5 controllers: including PS5 pro controllers

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Using the best PS5 controllers will allow you to get more from your PlayStation 5 console. With adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, the DualSense is one of the most advanced gaming controllers yet. Those features, doubled with the built-in speaker is sure to fully immerse you in game play.

Whilst the DualSense controller itself is considered one of the best PS5 controllers, there are also great alternatives in the form of third-party brands and the Pro controllers. There are plenty of options when it comes to both, with Sony regularly releasing new colour variations and special editions. And of course, we have the impending the shiny new DualSense Edge that is designed for pro gamers looking to fully customise their gaming experience. For up-to-date prices on the regualr DualSense, make sure to keep an eye on our updated guide to the best DualSense controller prices. If you scroll down to the bottom of this article, we also have some detailed insights into how to choose a controller best for you.

If you're still considering getting your hands on a PS5, we have an up-to-date PS5 review that goes into detail about why we love this console (and the DualSense) so much.For more gaming inspiration, take a look at our guides to both the best PS5 games, the most anticipated games of 2023, and best SSD for PS5. For now, let's check out those controllers.

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The best PS5 controller: frequent questions

What does DualSense do, exactly?

The PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller is a high-spec gamepad that evolves the technology of previous PlayStation controllers. Inside you can find the below technology:

Haptic feedback: Instead of rumble, which means games can send vibrations around the pad to emote how on-screen action would 'feel'.

Adaptive triggers: These can be tailored to gameplay by developers, which means they can become 'tighter' the faster a car moves or loose when a gun runs out of ammo.

Touchpad: This can be used by players to interact with a game in new ways, to swipe across the pad to solve a puzzle, for example. This is similar to the rear touchpad on the old PS Vita.

Speaker: This brings games to life with unique audio and voice acting coming directly from the controller. Used with the above tech the PS5 DualSense controller can make you feel rain drops and hear them hit the pad.

Are there special editions of the DualSense?

Yes, for some time now Sony has been releasing special editions of its DualSense, like the God of War limited edition pad that can be bought directly from PlayStation.

As well as game specific controllers and the original White variant you can also now choose from a number of unique colours, these are: Cosmic Red, Midnight Black, Nova Pink, Starlight Blue, Galactic Purple and Grey Camoflage.

If you want to design your own PS5 controller you can visit sites such as Custom Controllers (opens in new tab) and create your own gamepad.

Is there a new PS5 controller?

Yes, Sony has announced its first pro controller for the PS5, called the DualSense Edge. This controller is aimed at gamers who play for longer and need to customise the gamepad to their way of playing as well as to different games. You can replace face buttons and sticks, swap through controller profiles and it features rear paddles, ideal for shooters. The DualSense Edge is a wireless controller and features a USB braided cable, two standard caps, two high dome caps, two low dome caps, two half dome back buttons, lever back buttons, connector housing and a carrying case. You can find the link for the pad above.

Can I use my PS5 DualSense controller on a PS4?

No. Because the best PS5 controllers, such as the DualSense Wireless controller, have been created to make use of 'next-gen games' with high-spec features such as haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, these controllers won't work on old consoles. 

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Ian Dean

Ian Dean is Digital Arts & Design Editor at Creative Bloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his love to bring the latest news on NFTs, video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Corel Painter, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.

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