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Decent PC game controller?

Lysrin

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Well, I'm quite enjoying No Man's Sky (NMS) these days but flying with the keyboard and mouse is not great. I have a lot of money invested in my Warthogs but getting them to work with NMS isn't worth the effort I don't think. Consensus on the web seems to be that given the arcade style flight in NMS the game controller seems to be the way to go.

I have a Wii U Pro Controller that people have had working with PC via another piece of software, and I thought that might be the answer, but it isn't working well for me. Sometimes it gets detected then just drops and won't get picked up again.

XBOX controller for PC seems to be a popular one and I may go that route but it is a little on the expensive side.

Do any of you have a PC game controller you would recommend, or is the XBOX one really the way to go?
 

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SG's mentioned the Steam controller, but it was never my cup of tea.

I'd honestly say you can't go wrong with either the Xbox One Controller or the Dualshock 4 (aka PS4 controller). The dualshock is bluetooth and integrates well with steam and big picture and has an onboard battery. The touchpad on the front can serve as a pseudo-mouse if you set it up properly, admitedly not a very good one though, more like a 90s laptop touchpad. Battery life is usually a bit worse than the Xbox one due to the touchpad and large bar light on the top/back of the controller.

The Xbox One gamepads are either wifi or bluetooth (only the oldest ones are wifi, if it's got a 3.5mm jack it's bluetooth), you have to supply your own battery or buy an Xbox or charging dock battery for it so battery life will vary a bit depending on what you use them for. It doesn't have the touchpad, just an 'Xbox' button on the top center that can be used to launch steam or big picture, etc.
The biggest advantage is that the Dpad on the Xbox one controller is a proper Nintendo style 'plus' Dpad which is miles better than the 4 directional buttons on the Dualshock. If you play fighting games it's infinitely better.
Otherwise they're largely identical in terms of in game function and pretty much all modern games will automatically set up the controller on loading the app. Both are very plug and play.

My personal preference is the Xbox One. I find it has nicer triggers and D-pad and is a little more comfortable but YRMV. That being said I have, and have used both and neither is a bad choice.

Avoid the old PS3 and Xbox 360 controllers for PC. The newer ones don't need special drivers or adapters, or a unique wireless USB adapter.

Also look into Controller companion on Steam. Really bridges the gap between the gamepads and Steam controller in my opinion and will let you do basic windows controlling without swapping from KB+M to gamepad and back.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/367670/Controller_Companion/
 
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Xbox one controller all the way. I use the wireless dongle. I tried just using bluetooth and found it glitchy.
 

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Thanks all! Great info and waiting for me when I got up this morning. What service! :thumb:

I didn't have a lot of luck finding Steam controllers either. Lowest price on Amazon.ca, from other sellers, is $124.99. That is new though. Didn't know if it was worth the extra cost. And I did figure since XBox controllers are Microsoft, should be no lack of Windows support there. Just wanted to make sure it was worth the money from real experience.

So this one here: https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/xbox-one-wireless-controller-with-adapter-for-pc-black/12356078.aspx?

That includes the wireless dongle you are referring to SugarJ?

FreeKnight, I did see your standalone post about that application. I'll definitely check that out when I get one.

UPDATE: Man! There isn't a single local location that has any in stock!! :blarg: How am I supposed to get instant gratification that way?! :biggrin:
 
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Thanks all! Great info and waiting for me when I got up this morning. What service! :thumb:

I didn't have a lot of luck finding Steam controllers either. Lowest price on Amazon.ca, from other sellers, is $124.99. That is new though. Didn't know if it was worth the extra cost. And I did figure since XBox controllers are Microsoft, should be no lack of Windows support there. Just wanted to make sure it was worth the money from real experience.

So this one here: https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/xbox-one-wireless-controller-with-adapter-for-pc-black/12356078.aspx?

That includes the wireless dongle you are referring to SugarJ?

FreeKnight, I did see your standalone post about that application. I'll definitely check that out when I get one.

UPDATE: Man! There isn't a single local location that has any in stock!! :blarg: How am I supposed to get instant gratification that way?! :biggrin:
I'll continue the XBO controller love. Made my enjoyment of Neir Automata much more enjoyable, and FFXV

Yep, that one comes with the dongle. I'd check Amazon if your local big box stores are OOS. Thats where I got mine.
 

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I'll continue the XBO controller love. Made my enjoyment of Neir Automata much more enjoyable, and FFXV

Yep, that one comes with the dongle. I'd check Amazon if your local big box stores are OOS. Thats where I got mine.
Looks the to be same sale price on Amazon.ca so I'll got that route.

Resisted getting a game controller for a long time given how much I prefer kb+m control, but I have to admit there are games that play better with them, as you said, especially in this port-from-console-to-PC world.

Any of you buy a charge kit or dock or do you just use rechargeable batteries?
 

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I use rechargeable AA's in my PC controller as I have a bunch. I use a dock for the kids' Xbox downstairs.
 

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