The best PS5 controllers: including PS5 pro controllers

The best PS5 controllers; a close up photo of a PS5 DualSense controller
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The best PS5 controllers enable you to get more from your PlayStation 5 console as they include haptic feedback and adaptive triggers to get you closer to the action, the built-in speaker enables developers to bring the game off the screen and into your hands.

The PS5 DualSense controller is the leading gamepad for PS5, but the best PS5 controllers can also include PS5 pro controllers and cheap PS5 controllers; as third-party brands bring the latest technology to some of the best unofficial controllers for PS5. There are also new pro-focused controllers that feature paddles and customisation options. And of course, Sony regularly releases special edition DualSense controllers for collectors.

Interestingly, the best cheap PS5 controllers are actually the official Sony DualSense Wireless Controllers. The original white edition can be found for under $70 / £50, which sounds a lot but pro PS5 controllers are often $150 - $250 / £120 - £220. Take a look at our 'best PS5 controller deal' tracker for the latest discounts.

If you're still considering why you need a PS5, read our PS5 review that explains how the console has changed since launch with firmware updates, new colours and even a slightly revised model. And read my feature 'PSVR 2: everything you need to know' for what's coming to PS5 in 2023. Also, read our feature 'PlayStation VR 2 developer reaction' to discover what the pros think of Sony's upcoming tech.

Once you buy a new PS5 controller then you'll be needing one of the best PS5 games, and also plan ahead by reading our feature on the best upcoming PS5 games. Now, scroll down for the best PS5 controllers available now.

The best PS5 controllers: available now

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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, in my list above you can pre-order the new God of War: Ragnarok DualSense controller.

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 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'll be able to replace face buttons and sticks, swap through controller profiles and it features rear paddles, ideal for shooters.

Sony has confirmed the DualSense Edge will release 26 January 2023 and its pro PS5 controller will be priced $199.99 / £209.99. Pre-orders will open 25 October.

It will come with: the DualSense Edge wireless controller, 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.

The best PS5 controllers; a photo of a PS5 controller with parts and a case

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Are there Pro PS5 controllers?

Yes, Sony has the DualSense Edge coming soon but also third-party brand Victrix has announced the Victrix ProCon Wireless Controller for PS5, which is the first officially licensed PS5 "pro-style" gamepad. It's due for release in December, and can be pre-ordered at Amazon US (opens in new tab).

The best PS5 controllers include the new Victrix ProCon Wireless Controller for PS5

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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. 

Can a PS4 controller work on PS5?

Yes, you can use an old PS4 controller, such as DualShock 4, on a PlayStation 5. But as you'd expect without the same technology you will be missing out on the adaptive triggers, heightened motion control and haptic feedback. But this can be a cheap way to ensure you have a back-up PS5 controller.

Are there different types of PS5 controllers?

Aside from the DualSense controller there are various third-party PS5 controllers but most use the same design as the Sony gamepad but with small design changes, customisation options and even the choice to build a controller from scratch. Of course there is also the forthcoming DualSense Edge controller, steering wheel and fight stick controllers.

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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.