Shopping for the Right Type of Game Controller

If you are a gamer yourself, you probably know what type of game controller you need. You will know if you are looking for a DualShock 4 PS4 controller or a PS3 controller for your older system. However, those who are not gamers themselves and who are buying a controller as a gift may not have this knowledge. To those customers, trying to narrow down the choices when there are so many options available can be a task that feels next to impossible. The following will help those buyers.


Know the System

One of the first and most important things that you will need to do is make sure that you know the type of system and game played. There are differences between controllers for consoles and mobile games, for example. Also, there are different types of game controllers for different types of games. While most games are playable with any controller, it might be more immersive with gaming controllers like flight sticks or steering wheel controllers.


Console Gaming Controller

When it comes to console gaming controllers, you still need to do your research. Are you looking for a PS4 controller or a PS3 controller? Both are for Sony products, but they are not the same thing. Do you need an Xbox One or Xbox360 controller instead? What about a Nintendo Switch controller? Once you know the type of system the gamer is using, it becomes much easier to start narrowing your choices. Just keep in mind that they might not be only using a console.


PC Controller

Many people today are also using game controllers for their PC gaming. These types of controllers can be quite helpful when it comes to a wide range of games. However, because there are so many options, it can often be even more challenging to choose a quality option in this field. If the gamer you are buying for also has a gaming console, you might want to consider getting a controller that is capable of working with both of these types of systems. This way, they can get more use out of the system.

Mobile Controller

Perhaps the person you are buying for doesn’t have a console and does not game on PC. However, they can’t seem to separate themselves from their phone where they spend their days crushing candies, building empires, and dealing with angry little birds. In that case, the buyer will want to choose a controller that will work with their make and model of mobile phone.



Quality, Comfort, and Durability

In addition to making sure that the controller is for the gaming platform of choice, there are further factors to consider. The overall quality of the controller, along with the design and comfort are essential. The same is true of the durability. A controller that is not comfortable to use or that doesn’t last for more than a few months is not the type of controller any gamer wants.