Whether you’re a PC gamer or a mobile gamer, there are some games that just play better on a controller. A mouse and keyboard might be more accurate, but are cumbersome to use with limited space or on a sofa. Touchscreen controls don’t require any peripherals, but aren’t accurate or pleasant to use. Bluetooth controllers hit that sweet spot between the two.
But not all Bluetooth game controllers are created equal. Some are designed specifically for Android devices, and others are true console controllers that work across all platforms, like the Xbox One controller. To help you make the decision, we’ve put together a list of the best Bluetooth controllers for Android and PC gaming.
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Best Bluetooth game controllers
Editor’s note: We will be updating this list of the best Bluetooth game controllers regularly as new devices launch.
1. Xbox One Bluetooth Controller
The Xbox One Bluetooth controller is a familiar and comfortable choice.
There’s a reason why many other options on the rest of the list look like Xbox controllers. The design is tried and true. It feels great in your hands with excellent control sticks and responsive triggers. The D-pad on the newer Bluetooth version is much better than the original Xbox One controller, but for retro games or fighting games there might be better options.
The Xbox One Bluetooth controller takes two AA batteries, and should last about 40 hours. You can also invest in the more environmentally friendly Xbox One Play & Charge Kit, which doesn’t have quite the longevity at 30 hours.
For those of you sporting phones without a headphone jack (a number growing every day), the Xbox One controller has you covered here, too. It features a 3.5mm jack right at the top of the controller. For anyone who has used a console controller in the last 15 years this controller is a familiar and comfortable choice.
2. SteelSeries Stratus Duo
The SteelSeries Stratus Duo features a rechargeable battery that’s rated for 20 hours of use. It’s also considerably less colorful, with a sleek all-black look.
The Stratus Duo is a lightweight and easily portable controller.
In addition to working over a Bluetooth connection, the Stratus Duo can connect via 2.4GHz wireless on Windows and Steam. This is perfect if your desktop computer doesn’t have Bluetooth — just plug in the USB wireless adapter that comes in the box.
Check out our full SteelSeries Stratus Duo review below for a more detailed look, but we found the device to be excellent for both mobile and PC gaming. The only major complaints were a lack of USB-C charging, which is an oversight in 2019, and a slightly mushy D-pad. The labeling on the buttons is also quite difficult to read due to the gray-on-black color scheme.
The Stratus Duo is best paired with a phone stand or SteelSeries SmartGrip when playing games on a phone. It’s significantly lighter than the Stratus XL at 245 grams, so it’s a more portable choice for gamers on the go.
3. GameSir T4 Pro
The GameSir T4 Pro controller is Bluetooth compatible, but it also has a 6.5′ cable in case you prefer to use it wired. Its ergonomic design feels nice in your hands while playing for long periods of time.
The T4 Pro is an inexpensive, ergonomic controller for PC players.
There’s an asymmetric vibrating motor with 5 different speed levels to help enhance your gaming experience. You’ll feel every crash or explosion, helping you stay immersed in the game. You also have the option to adjust the motor vibration intensity if you prefer a more muted gaming experience.
Aside from being ergonomic, the design of this controller is really cool. It has a semi-transparent cover so you can see the inner workings of the controller. Then, on the outside, both the D-pad and the right joystick are LED backlit. You can customize the intensity of the LED lighting if it’s too bright.
This controller was designed specifically for PC Windows version 10, 8.1, or 8.7. GameSir’s T4 Pro controller has a GameSir MCU chip that gives you a quicker response and higher overall performance while playing.
4. Razer Raiju Mobile Controller
If you’re lusting after more of a premium controller for mobile gaming, try out this one from Razer. The Razer Raiju Mobile Controller brings all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a high-end Bluetooth controller and then some.
This controller is primarily designed for mobile gaming, but it’s more than capable for PC gaming as well. It’s made of premium materials and textured plastics that feel excellent in the hand. This is one controller you won’t want to set down. Check out our full review below.
The layout and design of the controller is remarkably similar to that of the Xbox One, with the added feature of a built-in phone clamp. It has a rechargable battery rated for 23 hours of game time, two USB-C cables for charging or setting up a wired connection with your phone, and a hair-trigger switch to get those shots off even faster.
This is the most feature packed controller for mobile gaming on the list, but also the most expensive.
In our testing, the controller itself performed flawlessly. The only issues we encountered were related to mobile game controller support, and even that is partly remedied with button remapping and more in Razer’s dedicated mobile app. As the mobile gaming market develops, expect this to improve naturally.
These premium features aren’t found on any of the other controllers on our list of the best Bluetooth controllers, but they’re going to cost you. At well over $100, the Razer Raiju is twice as expensive as any other item on the list, but if you’re looking for the best premium Bluetooth controller made specifically for mobile gaming, this is it.
5. 8BITDO SF30 Pro
The 8BITDO SF30 Pro is compatible with Nintendo Switch, Android, Windows, MacOS, and Steam. And although it looks like a retro controller, it has all the functions you’d want out of a modern Bluetooth controller. You can use the controller via Bluetooth or via a direct USB connection.
The SF30 Pro is a retro controller with all the functions of a modern Bluetooth controller.
It has a full button set, including home and screenshot buttons. It has clickable joysticks, rumble vibration, and even motion controls. For something that looks as retro as it does, it really packs a punch in terms of functionality.
If you’re craving the old school feel of retro controllers, but don’t want to sacrifice modern technology, this is a great option. You’ll have a controller that looks classic, but you’ll be able to enjoy using it via Bluetooth.
Check out: 15 best retro games for Android!
6. 8BITDO M30
If you’re looking for a controller to use with Sega Genesis, this is it. The controller is also compatible with Nintendo Switch, PC, macOS, and Android, but it’s designed with Sega’s classics in mind. You can play Sega’s classics with modern features like a USB-C port and turbo functionality mapping.
The M30 is the best Bluetooth, retro-looking controller for Sega Genesis Fans.
Its ergonomic design fits comfortably in your hands, letting you game for hours at a time without needing to take a break. Both the D-pad buttons and the shoulder buttons feel good and are highly responsive.
8BITDO’s M30 controller is an great, inexpensive retro controller. It’s especially a good option for fans of the Sega Genesis console who want a Bluetooth controller with modern features. Even if you don’t have a Sega Genesis, the controller is still nice to hold and easy to play with.
That’s it for our list of the best Bluetooth game controllers on the market. We’ll add more as they become available!