When you play on a console, you have to use the respective controllers for it. However, if you are on a Pc, you can always buy a comprehensive set of controllers for gaming. Gaming on a Pc with a controller for RPG, sports, and fighting games is much more fun. Today on 10 Bolt, we are counting our picks for Top 10 Best Gaming Joysticks 2021.
How do we choose our Best Gaming Joysticks 2021?
Starting a list this isn’t difficult in the beginning because, with the era-defining products like the Xbox One, Logitech, and Xbox 360 controllers, these first three choices are hard quite hard to make. However, it then gets difficult on the later stages since there is a great saturation of various brands filling the market in with their latest gaming joystick products and since we lack the personal experience, choosing them based on the best of features and reviews becomes difficult. Though we have got a couple of good solutions which you shall see in the reviews.
Due to the better compatibility with the Microsoft Windows and some good driver support alongside the good material quality and durability, it is quite easy for us to state that the controllers by Microsoft itself for the Xbox consoles and PC are definitely the best solutions. On the other hand, Logitech doesn’t have that special compatibility and controls privileges and still, they end up creating some quality joysticks with the great customization for the buttons. There is no doubt that the factors such as the durability, software control, smoothness, and the response also play a key role.
Top 10 Best Gaming Joysticks 2021 Reviews:
We always provide quality products to our readers and for the same purpose, we have written a detailed buying guide about 10 Best Gaming Joysticks 2021.
Below you can read the reviews, features and pros and cons that are written by our gaming experts after a lot of research and testing. This will help you to choose the best joysticks according to your budget and requirements.
Best Gaming Joysticks 2021 Products Table:
|Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller||PC and Xbox One||Check Details|
|Logitech Gamepad F710||PC||Check Details|
|Xbox 360 Controller for Windows||PC, Xbox 360||Check Details|
|RAZER Sabertooth||PC||Check Details|
|Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad||PC, Android||Check Details|
|Thrustmaster GPX LightBack||PC, Xbox||Check Details|
|Saitek PP32 PS2700 Rumble Pad||PC, PS3||Check Details|
|ZD-V+ USB Wired Gaming Controller Gamepad||PC, Android, PS3||Check Details|
|ZD-C Wired Gaming Controller USB Gamepad||PS3, PC||Check Details|
|Vmargera USB Double Shock Controller GamePad||PC||Check Details|
- 1 1. Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller:
- 2 Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller Review:
- 3 2. Logitech Gamepad F710:
- 4 Logitech Gamepad F710 Review:
- 5 3. Xbox 360 Controller for Windows:
- 6 Xbox 360 Controller for Windows:
- 7 4. RAZER Sabertooth:
- 8 RAZER Sabertooth Review:
- 9 5. Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad and Game Controller for Android and Pc:
- 10 Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad:
- 11 6. Thrustmaster GPX LightBack:
- 12 Thrustmaster GPX LightBack Review:
- 13 7. Saitek PP32 PS2700 Rumble Pad for use with PC or PS3 Game Console:
- 14 Saitek PP32 PS2700 Rumble Pad Review:
- 15 8. ZD-V+ USB Wired Gaming Controller Gamepad for PC:
- 16 ZD-V+ USB Wired Gaming Controller Gamepad Review:
- 17 9. ZD-C Wired Gaming Controller USB Gamepad for PC:
- 18 ZD-C Wired Gaming Controller USB Gamepad Review:
- 19 10. Vmargera USB Double Shock Controller GamePad for PC Computer Laptop:
- 20 Vmargera USB Double Shock Controller Gamepad Review:
1. Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller:
Since Xbox is a Microsoft product and the games on Pc are for Microsoft Windows as well, there is nothing better and compatible than an Xbox controller for your Pc. Xbox One Elite Controller is the latest option which is both compatible and a top quality product. It has the following top features:
- One of the most advanced gaming joysticks right now with pro-level precision which makes it suitable for shooting games as well.
- The controller has got its app for better customization of controls and settings.
- Wireless controller with AA batteries and the best compatibility of Windows 10.
Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller Review:
While searching for the best gaming joysticks for pc, it is quite evident that you are going to find this Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller on the top. The only worth competitor is the dual-shock by Sony for PS4 but since we are only talking about the controllers for pc, that is not an option due to the unavailability of support. Whether it is the durability, the smooth controls, the material used in the making, the compatibility with the Microsoft Windows, and the customization options, it will be Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller bringing the best experience on this platform.
Still, Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller isn’t perfect and even though I love this lightweight product while playing, it is also true that it would definitely fail the drop tests up to a very short height and this is something pretty concerning. However, the Xbox One S controller has covered some of that and is much more durable but still, you will need to be careful.
2. Logitech Gamepad F710:
You have seen in some of our previous lists such as on best gaming mouse where Logitech was one dominating manufacturer. Now in the department of gaming controllers as well, Logitech Gamepad F710 is their top brand which has following features:
- The faster and better wireless connection with 2.4 GHz speed.
- Has its software using which you can customize its control.
- Logitech Gamepad F710 also has dual vibration features.
- This controller is compatible with Windows 7, 8, XP, and Vista.
Logitech Gamepad F710 Review:
The idea of deviating towards other brands other than Microsoft doesn’t seem very wise at the beginning. However, it is due to the high-tech pursuit of this top brand which has brought Logitech Gamepad F710 to play our games seamlessly and with the better customization. Also, since the customization of the controls is much more extensive, you can now also play the older pc games with the controller especially the RPG titles and gain more accuracy and mastery over it. Also, as compared to the top one, it is a much cheaper solution than ever.
Logitech Gamepad F710 has some really great compatibility with the Microsoft Windows which was before up to 8.1 and now the Windows 10 support has also been included. For the better wireless performance, it uses a 2.4 wireless for an ultra-responsive performance. Never forget the customization of the controls and the vibration which seems pretty quality while you are having fun with the games.
3. Xbox 360 Controller for Windows:
Even after these years, Xbox 360 is one of those classics whose console people still love and still uses its controllers to play games on their PCs. This is something you can get on a medium budget and is perfect for playing any game whether shooting or others. This classic controller has the following features:
- This controller is available in both wireless and wired editions.
- It has a 2.4 GHz speed which gives a response time of up to 1 MS.
- Its software is also free so that you can customize its controls for different games.
- Using its software, different user profiles can be created.
Xbox 360 Controller for Windows:
Xbox 360 Controller for Windows is such a giant that even in 2018 while playing FIFA and other arcade games with my friends, I prefer this most durable controller ever made over any other. There is something about its grip which gives you more control over the gameplay even though you wouldn’t find this as smooth as the autonomous Xbox One S controller. It is also true that it is an old thing, it is heavy, and we cannot expect the same customization features from it as we do from the above two.
Getting Xbox 360 Controller for Windows even in 2021 would still be a great deal. Some of the major reasons are the compatibility with the different versions of Microsoft Windows, both the wired and wireless versions are still in the market, it is still available in great abundance, and is also pretty cost-effective so most of the pc gamers can afford it.
4. RAZER Sabertooth:
Are you willing to pay a reasonable price for a product which hardly has any matches regarding quality and performance? If yes, then it is the time that you get RAZER Sabertooth and has tons of features which are listed below:
- The buttons in this one are mostly the same such as two sticks and four buttons.
- With its advanced software, it can be easily customized for playing all the games.
- It has a high-quality wire for stronger connection and durability for the longer term.
- An OLED installed for monitoring profiles and another set.
RAZER Sabertooth Review:
We would have only expected from a brand like Razer to come forward with a quality gaming joystick and as always, they haven’t disappointed us. RAZER Sabertooth is not something which recently came out and while we might get another product soon, there is nothing wrong in buying it. This gaming joystick by Razer is more of an advanced solution where you can create separate profiles after customizing the settings and this means that using it for the multiple users would be a great thing to do.
On the quality OLED display, you can track the profiles and other different settings including the connectivity strength and other settings which are needed to be monitored. RAZER Sabertooth comes with the software which allows you to create the profiles using your own Razer user account and you can also do the button customization for various games. In fact, if you need full freedom of customization, you better get this one.
5. Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad and Game Controller for Android and Pc:
Besides gaming, what you also need are media buttons but of the devices do not feature them. Now, Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad and Game Controller is a controller which features not only media buttons but also the connectivity for Pc, Android, and other media devices. This has the following significant features:
- This controller is compatible with Android, PC, and other media devices.
- Mad Catz game controller is also useful for YouTube and Netflix with its media buttons.
- Has programmable controls which you can customize according to your gaming needs.
Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad:
If you need to think about playing on other platforms as well, you better buy this Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad because of the gaming compatibility with the Android phones and computers. We all have certain accuracy problems while playing shooting games on the phones and using this gamepad, it is definitely going to be solved. The good thing is that not only it is a good compatible device for games, you can also use it using the Netflix and YouTube streaming apps making the work easier just like it is in the smart televisions.
While searching about this product, I was surprised to see the customization elements which this controller has and it was quite fascinating to read. Even though it is not as advanced in terms of gameplay for the next-gen games as the WITCHER and Skyrim, it will be a nice option to play the shooting and other adventure games. It would still be a nice option if you want to play sports games on it.
6. Thrustmaster GPX LightBack:
Xbox is one of those consoles which also enables the compatibility with other controllers so you can gamers can follow their favorite. Another of the top controllers for playing on a PC and an Xbox is Thrustmaster GPX LightBack which has following top features:
- One of the advanced and classic controllers for PC and Xbox compatibility.
- Comes with beautiful skins with which you can customize its outer.
- This controller has rubbers on its sticks to avoid the slipping of fingers.
- The vibration which makes your gaming time much more fun.
Thrustmaster GPX LightBack Review:
The Xbox company controller is not the only one which you can buy for playing games on pc and the Xbox consoles. Another option which would serve as the best alternative for these controllers is this Thrustmaster GPX LightBack which has multiple features you would like to use. While the Xbox controller’s shape is not good for customization, this one has a special design on which you can apply the custom skins giving a good look to your setup while enjoying the same quality and smoothness while playing games.
However, Thrustmaster GPX LightBack is only compatible with Xbox 360 and there is no point in wasting money if you wish to connect this on Xbox One. On a pc, this is probably a nice option for playing the steam games because in the settings in its interface, the compatibility options which can be optimized are already given. Also, it is also quite economical and for some, it might be a reason good enough.
7. Saitek PP32 PS2700 Rumble Pad for use with PC or PS3 Game Console:
If you are a PlayStation fan and want a controller for your Pc and PlayStation gaming time, there is nothing better than Saitek PP32. It comes to you both at a reasonable price and to deliver top performance. Some of its top features are listed below:
- A standard and high-quality controller with two analog joysticks and six sensitive buttons.
- Works with any newer and older versions of Microsoft Windows and PS3.
- There are a couple of shoulder triggers for quick-fire options.
- Vibration enabled.
Saitek PP32 PS2700 Rumble Pad Review:
Instead of Xbox 360, if you have got a combo of a pc and a ps3 in your home, you should get this Saitek PP32 PS2700 Rumble Pad which provides the connectivity solution for both the platforms. Just like the previous one on the list, it is also a good alternative to have for a PS3 and especially when you have the two of these platforms. When you have got a limited budget, this is a good way of saving money since it provides the controls for both.
As compared to the previous one, it has 6 buttons and two analog sticks which is 2 more than the other and if you can customize it, it would be a nice thing to have for the shooting games. This Saitek PP32 PS2700 Rumble Pad is durable and if you want to full fast in the arcade games, the durable buttons are going to do well enough.
8. ZD-V+ USB Wired Gaming Controller Gamepad for PC:
All of the gamers want their controller to deliver a smooth gaming experience and at a price which they can always pay. Now according to this definition, this ZD-V+ USB Wired Gaming Controller Gamepad would be the one for you with following top features:
- One of the economic and high-quality gaming joysticks.
- This has a lot of compatibility options such as for Pc, Android, and PlayStation 3.
- Uses a top quality wire which is quite durable and you can use for longer.
- You can connect this with an OTG and play any game on Android.
ZD-V+ USB Wired Gaming Controller Gamepad Review:
Some of the major things we require are the perfect compatibility with the consoles and PC, with Microsoft Windows and all of its versions, and not just that, this ZD-V+ USB Wired Gaming Controller Gamepad is also compatible for gaming on mac and mobile devices. However, what we don’t like is the wired design which doesn’t make it durable but still as far as the price of $20 is concerned, this is more than what you would actually get from the other brands.
Though this is not a premium control, it still features the vibration during the important moments in a game. For Android, you got to have 4.0 and above otherwise you wouldn’t be enjoying it.
9. ZD-C Wired Gaming Controller USB Gamepad for PC:
Now, here is another product from ZD-C which fulfills your requirement of an economical controller and all the gaming features you need. There are extra buttons for turning vibration on and off and is one of the best options for Pc gaming. The product has the following features:
- Additional buttons for settings and turning vibration off and on.
- Not just for Pc but this controller is also suitable for PS3.
- This has a beautiful, attractive, and an ergonomic design, and is based on D-Pad Architecture.
- Also, known for its connectivity with PS4 and other PS consoles.
ZD-C Wired Gaming Controller USB Gamepad Review:
So far this controller feels very sturdy and well-constructed for such a cheap price which surprised me. This controller also has a few tweaking options like being able to turn Vibration on/off, RGB light switch, Turbo function, LT, RT Linear on/off, interchanging the D-pad to analog, as well as Controller precision adjustment. This low-priced controller has thus far, proven to be VERY well-constructed top to bottom. I use this on my PC and if you're looking for a controller, I recommend getting this one. I will update this review in about 2 months time. Listed below are some of the major pros and cons of the product:
10. Vmargera USB Double Shock Controller GamePad for PC Computer Laptop:
If you are an occasional gamer who keeps playing on his laptop, Pc, and whenever you get the chance, this cheaper Vmargera USB Double Shock Controller GamePad for PC Computer Laptop is the best option for you. Some of its top features are listed below:
- A controller with soft-touch and double vibration features at such a low price.
- You can always turn analog options on and off.
- Suitable for any pc game you want to play, however, not very good for shooting.
- An excellent cable length to play from a distance and enjoy.
Vmargera USB Double Shock Controller Gamepad Review:
Great little controller to act as my backup. I currently have the Xbox 360 Windows PC controller and it is much more responsive and accurate. I really like how the PlayStation controller feels in my hands, but I have to use the Xbox one because the joystick is incredibly more accurate. On this PS controller, it only recognizes the corners and sides of the joystick, whereas the Xbox one recognizes a full 360 degree. Have a look at some of the major pros and cons now.