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. 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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The 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 fantastic all around, whether you’re playing on a gaming laptop, PC, Mac, or Android device. Plus, if you’re into console gaming you might already have one.
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. It also features a 3.5mm jack right at the top of the controller.
2. Xbox One Core
While the Xbox One game controller may be what’s familiar, the Xbox One Core controller is a glimpse at what’s next. It’s still in the pre-order phase, but the Core controller is what you’ll pair with the new Xbox Series S and Series X when they launch.
At first glance, it’s reminiscent of the current controller but the small differences have the potential to make a huge difference. For starters, the D-Pad is rounded to resemble that of the luxurious Xbox One Elite controller. It should offer a better response than the simple four-direction pad it replaces. Microsoft also revamped the bumpers and triggers, adding a stippled texture for a better grip in the heart of the action.
We don’t yet know how the Xbox One Core controller’s battery life will stack up, but it’s hard to imagine much change from the previous generation. It retains the same 3.5mm headphone jack as well, and the controller features an all-new share button. After all, gaming is more connected than ever so you have to show off your highlights.
3. Sony DualSense
The Core Bluetooth game controller is a look at the future of Xbox, but Sony’s DualSense controller is what you’ll pair with the new PlayStation 5 when it launches. It keeps some of the same design cues of DualShock’s past controllers, but the new DualSense looks more like a spaceship than anything else.
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One of the largest changes to accompany the new generation is the white controller. Most previous DualShock options have been back right from the box, but the DualSense is designed to match the PS5 itself. As for other important changes, the DualShock is rocking an adaptive trigger setup, which means that you’ll feel different responses as you interact with different parts of your environment.
Sony’s DualSense also keeps a 3.5mm headphone jack and a built-in microphone to chat with your friends. A create button is present to help you share your content and go live on your favorite streaming platforms. For better or worse, you won’t be able to simply replace AA batteries and keep playing — the controller charges exclusively via USB-C.
4. DualShock 4 PS4 controller
If you’re not planning to pick up a PS5, you might not need to jump into a DualSense controller right away. Instead, you could probably stick with a trusty DualShock 4 controller and choose from more than a dozen colors.
A simple glance at the DualShock 4 and you know it’s a PlayStation controller. It sports the same look and feels that you’re used to, packed with a headphone jack, touch panel, and more. If you’re a mobile or PC gamer, it makes perfect sense to pick up the DualShock 4. Of course, it may not be as smooth of a transition if you’re coming from an Xbox background.
Sony refined its fourth-generation DualShock controllers with sensitive triggers and even better stick controls. The built-in light bar is another unique feature, though it doesn’t do much outside of set the ambiance for your gaming sessions.
5. 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 Bluetooth game 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.
6. 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 five 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 game 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 Bluetooth gaming 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.
7. Razer Raiju Mobile Controller
If you’re lusting after more of a premium Bluetooth 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. 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 are remarkably similar to that of the Xbox One, with the added feature of a built-in phone clamp. It has a rechargeable 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 Bluetooth 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.
8. 8BITDO SN30 Pro 2
The 8BITDO SN30 Pro 2 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 game controller. You can use the controller via Bluetooth or via a direct USB connection. Even better, the SN30 Pro 2 comes in a variety of colors to match classic consoles like the GameCube and Nintendo 64.
The SN30 Pro 2 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.
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9. 8BITDO M30
If you’re looking for a Bluetooth game 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!