Best Gaming Controllers in India (March 2021)

by | Mar 3, 2021

In 2020, the revenue earned from the worldwide PC gaming market was estimated at almost 37 billion U.S. dollars, while the mobile gaming market has generated an estimated income of over 77 billion U.S. dollars.

The gaming industry is on the rise to become the premier revenue-generating platform in near future.

For a passionate gamer, a controller is always a must to have precise control over his/her in-game actions which can heavily influence the outcome of the game.

So we here at Betterhark have curated a list of the fifteen best gaming controllers/gamepads in India for you to choose from and decide on which product you should spend your hard-earned money on.

We have also reviewed best gaming controllers under Rs.3,000 and Rs.2,000. Please go through it if you are looking for budget specific articles.

Best Gaming Controllers in India

1. Sony DualSense Controller Overall Best Pick
2. Microsoft Xbox One Wireless ControllerOffical Xbox One Controller
3. Dual shock 4 ControllerOffical PS4 Controller
4. Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons Nintendo Switch Offical Controller
5. Nacon Revolution Pro Controller 3Feature-Rich Game Controller
6. Nacon Assymetric Wireless ControllerBudget PS4 Certified Controller
7. Redgear Wireless ProBudget Game Controller
8. Logitech G29 Driving Force Racing Wheel and Floor PedalsBest Controller for Racing Simulation Games
9. Thrustmaster Ferrari Red LegendBudget Racing Wheel
10. Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas 4 Best Budget Simulator Joystick
11. Loigitech Extreme 3D Pro JoystickBest Budget Simulator Joystick
12. Black Shark H66L GamepadBudget Smartphone Gaming Controller
13. Xbox Adaptive ControllerGame Controller for the Differently-Abled
14. Nacon Daija Arcade Stick Best Arcade Gaming Stick
15. Asus ZS660KL Honourable Mention

 

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1. Sony DualSense Controller

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Overall Best Pick
  • Official PS5 Controller
  • Advanced vibration feedback
  • Type C USB charging port
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Revamped design

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Adaptive triggers

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Comfortable controller

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Average battery life

The DualSense is the official controller for Sony’s new PlayStation 5 video game console.

This controller is released alongside the PS5 console and it is also available for purchase separately.

Upon launch, the DualSense controller received widespread critical acclaim and is termed as one of the best game controllers to date.

Build and Design

The DualSense controller has gone through a total revamp with its design and also the name. Until now the controllers for the PlayStation consoles were known as the Dualshock controllers.

The first change you would notice with this controller is that now it has a dual-tone colour scheme instead of the standard all-black paint job.

There isn’t much change regarding the button layout of the new DualSense controller. It features the same button layout as the previous controller.

Instead of the more colourful play buttons on the Dualshock 4 controller, Sony has opted for a more minimalist glossy design for the buttons on the DualSense.

Sony has also done away with the light bar that they introduced in their Dualshock 4 controller and introduced more subtle lighting around the touchpad.

The construction of the DualSense is still from plastic materials but it is of really good quality and feels quite premium in hand. This gaming controller is a bit larger compared to the Dualshock 4 which makes it comfortable for people with larger hands.

The handgrips of this controller have a textured design that let you grip the controller comfortably for long hours without fatigue.

For connecting the controller to the PS5 you just have to plug in the USB Type C cable to the controller and plug it into the console for a one time sync after that you are good to go.

Performance

The highlight of the new DualSense controller is its new adaptive triggers and haptic feedback. Unlike the previous controllers which only featured normal vibrations, the new controller has advanced technology that simulates the vibration based on different scenarios.

The adaptive triggers in the controller can be customized by the developer to increase or decrease the tension required to press the triggers. This changes the way that games are meant to be played.

In terms of tactile feedback, these buttons now feel much responsive and smooth. Latency has also been vastly improved compared to the previous PlayStation controller.

This controller also features motion sensors that can be utilized in games for a more immersive experience.

The DualSense controller is compatible with the PS5 controller and also with the PC. This controller is fairly new and in the future firmware updates might allow the controller to be compatible with other devices as well.

Battery life

The battery life of the DualSense unfortunately has only marginally improved. You can now expect around 7 hours of battery life on a single charge with this controller.

To juice up the battery inside, we have a Type C port in the controller to which you connect the USB Type C cable that comes along with the controller.

Verdict

If you are looking for the best gaming controller in the market then look no further. The DualSense controller by Sony is no doubt the best controller available to purchase right now albeit you do have to pay a premium of Rs.5,990 for it.

 Specifications

WIRED/WIRELESSWireless
COMPATIBILITYPS5, PC
WEIGHT280g
VIBRATIONYES
BATTERY LIFEUpto 7 Hours
BUTTONS(INCLUDING TRIGGERS)13

2. Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller

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Offical Xbox One Controller
  •  Native PC Support
  •  4 Rumble motors
  •  Wireless connectivity
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12m operating frequency

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Premium build

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Multi-Directional Haptic Feedback

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Uses AA batteries

The Xbox One controller is the official gamepad for the Xbox One console.

It is also the most popular game controller when it comes to Xbox and PC gaming. The controller is made by none other than Microsoft which is famous for its PC’s and the ubiquitous Windows operating system.

Build and Design

At first look, you get to know that the Xbox One controller is a controller with a premium build and ergonomic design. It has a uniform weight distribution and the handgrips of the controller have a texture to it which makes it comfortable to grip onto.

The buttons on the controller are the traditional ABXY Xbox buttons and they are tactile and responsive, the analog sticks also move around easily and they have a dotted rubberized pattern on the side of the thumb grips.

The controller also has a 3.5mm headphone jack, so you can connect your headphones to the controller instead of the screen you are gaming on.

Performance

The Xbox Controller is usually the go-to controller for many and that’s for a good reason. Most of the games on PC natively support the Xbox Controller and you won’t require any other application.

This gamepad is also really comfortable to hold for long sessions and the button and trigger feedback is precise and accurate.

It is suitable for both casual and competitive gaming.

This Xbox gamepad has 4 rumble motors inside it which give you vibration feedback which is tailored to simulate the feeling of the games that you are playing and enjoy a multidirectional haptic experience.

This controller can be connected to the PC via Bluetooth. It has an operating frequency about 12m so it makes it easier to game from a distance.

Battery Life

Unlike most controllers, the Xbox One controller still uses traditional AA Batteries which is quite a bummer considering most of its competitors have moved to rechargeable batteries.

But Microsoft does offer the Play and Charge Kit for the controllers separately.

The battery life of the controller depends upon the mAh of the batteries used but a rough average would be around 40 hours.

Verdict

So if you are looking for a good controller/gamepad to invest in and are having a hard choice to choose between the many controllers available, then the Xbox One controller might be the right one for you. With it, you will be gaming in no time.

 Specifications

WIRED/WIRELESSWIRELESS
COMPATIBILITYXbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC, Android Devices, iOS
WEIGHT625g
VIBRATIONYES
BATTERY LIFEUp to 40 Hours
BUTTONS(INCLUDING TRIGGERS)12

 

3. Dualshock 4 Controller

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Offical PS4 Controller
  • Excellent haptic feedback
  • Stable wireless connectivity
  • Precision touchpad
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Robust build quality

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Smooth Analog Sticks

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Motion Control sensors

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Battery Life

The Dualshock 4 is one among the most popular gaming controllers worldwide. It is the official controller of the Sony PlayStation 4 console which is one of the best selling consoles of this era.

Build and Design

The Dualshock 4 controller speaks quality at the first glance itself. It is built from finest quality plastic, it has followed the lineage of the older Dual Shock controllers in terms of looks, but now has the added touchpad on the controller.

The underside of this controller has a textured finish to it which makes it easier to grip on to. If we are gonna talk about comfort, then this fits comfortably into your hands like no other.

The action buttons on this controller are the iconic PlayStation Triangle, square, circle and X.

They are clicky and responsive and the triggers also have nice friction to it which come in handy for precision control while playing fast-paced games. The analog sticks are also smooth.

The Dualshock 4 controller has a light bar that changes colours according to games which add to the overall gaming flair.

Speaking of the touchpad on the controller, it’s made out of smooth plastic and it also doubles up as a button which can be pressed.

There is also an integrated speaker on the controller for a better spatial audio experience which can be utilized by certain games and 3.5mm audio jack is also available.

Performance

The Dualshock 4 controller works flawlessly with PS4, PC, Android and iOS devices. It can be paired with a PC with Bluetooth or by wired connectivity.

On PC most of the games are supported by the Dualshock 4 but some games might require installing a 3rd party application for mapping the button inputs. It is also compatible with Android devices and iOS devices.

This controller is comfortable for long sessions and it also has vibration feedback which enhances the immersive gaming experience.

The DualShock 4 is a good controller when it comes to both competitive and casual gaming, also the added touchpad is a bonus as it might give you an edge in certain games.

The Dualshock 4 also supports motion control via a three-axis gyroscope and three-axis accelerometer for precise and accurate in-game actions.

Battery Life

The battery life of the Dualshock 4 is a bit of disappointment, to be honest. You can expect an average playtime of 4-5 hours on a single charge.

Additionally, you can also connect it via a micro USB cable and play your games and at the same time, the controller will also get charged up.

Verdict

The Dualshock 4 is one amazing controller for it’s asking price. If you are a fan of the earlier PlayStation controllers then you can go for this cause it won’t fail to surprise.

 Specifications

WIRED/WIRELESSWIRELESS
COMPATIBILITYPS4, PC, Android, iOS Mobiles
WEIGHT400g
VIBRATIONYES
BATTERY LIFEUpto 5 Hours
BUTTONS(INCLUDING TRIGGERS)13

4. Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons

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Nintendo Switch Offical Controller
  • Revolutionary motion sensor
  • Robust build quality
  • Up to 20 hours battery backup 
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Small and lightweight

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Single joy-con usage

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Easy charging mechanism

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Small buttons

Nintendo Switch was one of Nintendo’s comeback gaming consoles which became a huge hit among portable gaming enthusiasts.

The Switch Joy-con is the official controller of the Nintendo Switch gaming console. This is an advanced controller that attaches itself with the sides of the Nintendo Switch and is available in India for just Rs.7,999.

Build and Design

The Nintendo Switch Joy-cons are a pair of controllers that slide on each side of the Nintendo Switch. Each of these joycons can also be used as an individual controller.

This switch gamepad is made of plastic materials and is lightweight. There are the traditional Nintendo buttons on the controller, the shoulder buttons, and the analog sticks. The buttons on the controller are tactile albeit smaller in size compared to buttons on other gamepads.

You can also use the controller without having to connect to the Switch. This gives you more freedom of choice to play your games as you may please

This Joy-con controller also has a strap attached to it to protect the controller from slipping from the hand while playing the games.

Performance

Nintendo is always known for the innovation that they bring into the gaming industry and they have done the same with the Joy-cons.

The Joy-con is a different controller/gamepad compared to all the other controllers on the list, at least in terms of the diverse functionalities it possesses.

Each Joy-con can be used as an individual controller which is useful when you want to play multiplayer games with your friends.

This Joy-con features an advanced motion sensor inside. It includes an accelerometer and gyro-sensor, which allows independent left and right motion control.

The Switch Joy-con only works with the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite devices.

Battery Life

These Joy-con controllers have a battery life of up to 20 hours, which is fantastic.

With these gamepads, you won’t have to worry about charging your controller all the time when playing your games.

Even if you were to charge the controller, it is as easy as just sliding the Joy-con to switch and it will charge it up.

Verdict

The Joy-con is a revolutionary controller thanks to its advanced motion-sensing features and ease of use.

Unfortunately, there is no point buying a Joy-con unless you have a Nintendo Switch. But if you do have a Switch, it is best to have an extra pair of Joy-cons available at all times.

 Specifications

WIRED/WIRELESSWIRELESS
COMPATIBILITYNintendo Switch
WEIGHT99.8g
VIBRATIONYES
BATTERY LIFEUpto 20 Hours
BUTTONS(INCLUDING TRIGGERS)18

5. Nacon Revolution Pro Controller 3

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Feature-Rich Game Controller
  • Extensive software customization options
  • 3.2mm headphone jack
  • Zero Input latency
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Halo Light Ring

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Haptic motor for vibration

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Braided 3m cable

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No speaker

Nacon is a well-renowned company in the video game industry. It specializes in two areas of the video game industry, namely video game accessories and video game publishing.

Nacon Revolution Pro Controller 3 is one of their many available gaming accessories.

Build and Quality

The Nacon Revolution Pro Controller 3 is based on the DualShock 4 and it is made for the PlayStation 4 console and can be used with PC’s as well.

This Nacon game controller is well built and has a very premium look and feel to it.
It is officially licensed by PlayStation to ensure maximum compatibility.

This gamepad boasts an asymmetrical design similar to that of the Xbox controllers.

The handgrips of this Nacon game controller have a texture which aids in excellent in-hand grip and doesn’t slip while playing games for long sessions.

This gamepad comes with additional weights in the box which can be placed on the controller to increase the weight of the controller to alter its feel if you feel doing so.

Both the handgrips can slide off and there Is a compartment in which the weights can be added.

Next to the handgrips, we have four shortcut buttons which can be mapped to mimic the functions of any of the other buttons on the controller.

In the rear side of the controller, there are the mode and profile buttons. The mode button switches between the modes of the controller. The profile button is used to switch between the profiles on the controller which are set using the Nacon software.

Software for the controller is available on the Nacon website and is available as a free download.

The touchpad on the controller is responsive; it has the PlayStation button logos imprinted onto it which makes it look good.

The buttons on the controller are of premium quality and are smooth to touch. The sizes of the buttons are larger than the standard DualShock 4 controller. The triggers also have decent resistance to them.

The analog sticks are smooth and they are textured on the thumb grips. The right analog stick has a halo around it which changes colour according to the controller’s mode. There is also a profile status light which shows the selected profile and status light indicator in the front.

There is no light bar like the original DualShock 4 controller and it also lacks the speakers.

This is a wired gaming controller and is connected with the help of a USB Type C 3m long braided cable.

Performance

The performance on Nacon Revolution Pro Controller 3 is simply amazing. It is one of the best controllers available in the Indian market for competitive gaming with its wide range of customizable options.

There are 3 modes on the controller:

1. PS4 MODE
2. ADVANCED MODE
3. PC MODE

The entire controller can be customized with the help of the Nacon software.
This software lets you change the sensitivity of the analog sticks, change the button layout, add profiles to the controller with different configurations in each profile, and change colours on the halo light ring and many more options.

This controller also features a vibration motor which adds to the overall pleasant gaming experience, the intensity of which can be changed with the Nacon software.

Also since it’s a wired controller there is no input latency whatsoever.

Verdict

The Nacon Revolution Pro Controller 3 is no doubt the best controller when it comes to competitive games like FIFA, Call of Duty and Fortnite etc.

With its exhaustive list of customization options, you can tweak this controller according to your personal preferences to get the most out of it.

 Specifications

WIRED/WIRELESSWIRED
COMPATIBILITYPS4, PC
WEIGHT
VIBRATIONYES
BATTERY LIFE
BUTTONS(INCLUDING TRIGGERS)19

 

6. Nacon Asymmetric Wireless Controller

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Budget PS4 Certified Controller
  • Stable wireless connectivity
  • Up to 7 hours of battery life
  • Comfortable, ergonomic design
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Larger, easy to press buttons

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Battery Status Indicator

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Rubberized thumb grips

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No motion controls

Nacon is a company that started as a manufacturer of PC accessories.

They initially focused on mice and keyboards, then, later on, widened their offerings with more PC gaming accessories. The Nacon Asymmetric Wireless controller is one of their many offerings.

Build and Design

The Nacon Asymmetric Wireless controller is a PS4 controller that has an asymmetrical design similar to the Xbox controllers.

The Nacon asymmetric controller is one of the officially licensed gaming controllers by Play Station.

This gamepad from Nacon is solidly built and beautifully designed. It is the perfect controller for those who are used to playing games with the Xbox controller and later switched to the PS4 platform.

The only features it lacks compared to the original DualShock 4 controller are the light bar and integrated speaker.

The buttons on the controller are smooth and responsive. The action buttons are a bit larger compared to the original controller. There is also a rubberized print on the thumb grips.

Triggers on the controller lack a bit of resistance but it’s not much of a buzz kill. The touchpad is smooth and works well, it also has the regular 3.5mm headphone jack.

This game controller has a status indicator in the front instead of the huge light bar that we are familiar with the DualShock 4.

The status indicator also doubles as a battery level indicator when the bottom battery indicator button is pressed.

The Nacon Asymmetric Wireless controller can be connected to the PS4 or PC with the help of a USB receiver that comes in the box.

Performance

The performance of the Nacon Asymmetric Wireless controller is on par with the original controller and you can expect good performance.

One of the main features that this gaming controller lacks is the motion controls of the DualShock 4 which some games utilize but it’s not a deal-breaker for the price.

The responsiveness of the controller is accurate and there is no noticeable delay in feedback and the vibration motors also work great.

Holding the controller for long sessions is also comfortable and you can play both casual and competitive games.

Battery Life

The controller has a battery life of up to 7 hours which is more than the original controller but it is still less compared to most other third-party controllers.

Inside the box, we also get a micro USB cable which can be used to charge the controller once it runs out of juice.

Verdict

If you are used to an Xbox Controller and want to try a PS4 game controller but with the similar design then look no further, the Nacon Asymmetric Wireless controller is the right one for you.

 Specifications

WIRED/WIRELESSWIRELESS
COMPATIBILITYPS4, PC
WEIGHT404g
VIBRATIONYes
BATTERY LIFEUpto 7 Hours
BUTTONS(INCLUDING TRIGGERS)14

 

7. Redgear Pro Wireless

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Budget Game Controller
  • Back-lit keys for night time playability
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • Xinput and Dinput Support
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Configurable turbo mode

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Tactile and responsive buttons

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Fast Charging support

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Heavy

Redwood Interactive is India’s biggest distributor of video game accessories; they sell their products under the Redgear brand.

The RedGear Wireless Pro is one of the many gaming accessories Redgear is known for.

Build and Design

The Redgear Wireless Pro is modelled on the famous Xbox 360 controller. It’s not the most modern-looking and premium built controller on the list and that is because it costs less than most of them.

This game controller is made of plastic that is of good quality. We also have the traditional Xbox buttons that many gamers will be familiar with.

The buttons on the controller are back-lit which is a nice touch and helps in night time playability.

This controller is built with comfortability in mind and features rubberized hand grips for long gaming sessions.

Along with the controller, you get two wireless USB receivers which can be connected to the device you want to use the controller with.

Performance

The Redgear Wireless Pro controller supports both Xinput and Dinput, so most of the games should work with it without any problems.

This controller is dependable when it comes to gaming for long sessions. You are guaranteed to have a comfortable experience with added rubber grips for support and can also enjoy games in the dark with the back-lit buttons.

The responsiveness of the buttons is also commendable for the price point, along with the rubberized analog sticks for better grip.

The dual-vibration motors in this controller offer an overall immersive gaming experience under such an affordable budget.

Battery Life

With the Redgear Wireless Pro, you can game up to 10 hours on a single charge. And in case the controller dies on you, it’s easy to juice it up with the micro USB charger that you get in the box.

The Pro controller supports fast charging and with 30 minutes of charge, you will be able to enjoy your games for another 2 hours.

Verdict

The Redgear Wireless Pro is a controller that you just can’t overlook. It gives you the bang for the buck value proposition.

This is a game controller that you can go for if you want a good gaming experience without spending too much money.

 Specifications

WIRED/WIRELESSWIRELESS
COMPATIBILITYPC, Android TV, Android Mobiles
WEIGHT340g
VIBRATIONYES
BATTERY LIFEUpto 10 Hours
BUTTONS(INCLUDING TRIGGERS)13

8. Logitech G29 Driving Force Racing Wheel and Floor Pedals

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Best Controller for Racing Simulation Games
  • Realistic steering mechanism
  • A precise force feedback system 
  • Tactile and responsive buttons
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Sturdy and durable construction

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Steel Pedals with realistic resistance

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Premium design

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Expensive

Logitech is an American Swiss company that manufactures computer peripherals and software, known for its high-quality standards.

The Logitech G29 driving force racing wheel and floor pedals mimics a racing wheel and its pedals for an accurate simulation experience for racing games enthusiasts.

Build and Design

The Logitech G29 driving force racing wheel and floor pedals is built like a beast – it looks and feels premium. The steering wheel is made of hand-stitched leather and it also sports paddle shifts.

The pedals are made out of steel and are of good quality and the base of the pedals is plastic but it is sturdy.

The steering wheel has Play Station controls. The buttons on the wheel are of good quality and properly positioned so no accidental touches happen during the intense gaming sessions.

The steering wheel can be attached to a table or other surface with the help of clamps that come with it, so the steering wheel doesn’t shake off while playing games.

The steering wheel supports 900-degree rotation which gives a realistic feel to it and helps bring games very close to the real-life driving experience.

Performance

The Logitech G29 is not meant for all games – it’s custom-designed for racing games and won’t work properly with other titles. It can be used with a Playstation 3 or 4 and PC.

The steering wheel is comfortable to hold because it is leather-clad and hence you can also get a good grip onto it. It feels like a real steering wheel similar to the one on your car.

The pedals are responsive and also have a decent resistance to it which feels nice and realistic.

The buttons on the steering wheel are also easily accessible whenever required; they are properly positioned for the best experience.

The G29 boasts a dual-motor force feedback system and anti-backlash helical gearing system for a realistic feel. This helps in the immersiveness and adds to the gaming experience.

Verdict

The Logitech G29 Driving force racing wheel and floor pedals are a bit expensive compared to other controllers and joysticks on the list, but it is well worth the price.

If you’re a hardcore racing game simulator enthusiast, this is one of the ultimate gaming accessories you should possess.

 Specifications

WIRED/WIRELESSWIRED
COMPATIBILITYPS4,PS3,PC
WEIGHT2kg 200g
VIBRATIONYES
BATTERY LIFE
BUTTONS(INCLUDING TRIGGERS)15

9. Thrustmaster Ferrari Red Legend

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Budget Racing Wheel
  • Official Ferrari Licensed racing wheel
  • Auto-Centering feature
  • Affordable gaming steering wheel system
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Custom mappable buttons

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Comfortable textured Grip

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Wide foot Rest

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Plastic Pedals

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Only 180 degrees wheel rotation

Thrustmaster is widely known for their gaming peripherals – they are one of the many pioneers in the video game accessories industries.

Thrustmaster is usually known for its gaming controllers and joysticks for simulation games.
The Thrustmaster Ferrari Red Legend is a racing wheel made by Thrustmaster in collaboration with supercar manufacturer Ferrari.

Build and Design

This racing wheel is manufactured under the official Ferrari license.

The Thrustmaster steering wheel is of good quality, built using high-grade plastic materials – which is acceptable for the price. You also get paddle shifts attached along with the steering wheel.

The red area of the steering wheel has a textured grip to it, which makes it easier to grip onto while playing.

The buttons on the wheel are of decent quality. They can be mapped according to the needs of the user.

We also get two pedals with a wide footrest and like the steering wheel, these pedals are also made out of plastic.

You will have to be careful that you aren’t too harsh on the pedals or else it might get damaged.

The steering wheel has clamps on it to attach it to a table or desk for it to stay put.

Performance

All racing games are supported by this gaming wheel. Gaming on the wheel for long sessions also feels comfortable.

Something the Red Legend lacks is a force feedback mechanism, but it is okay as it is a budget racing wheel and it’s normal for it to lack some premium features.

But to compensate for that we do get auto-centring that is the Thrustmaster bungee cord system which provides you with realistic resistance.

You can also adjust the sensitivity of the steering wheel as required.

The angle of inclination of the pedals can also be adjusted; the brake pedal also features progressive resistance for a realistic braking experience.

Verdict

The Thrustmaster Ferrari Red Legend Racing wheel is a good racing wheel when we take into consideration the value for money; it is rare to find a Racing wheel that does so much at a low price.

So if you are looking for a racing wheel and are on a tight budget then this might be the right one for you.

 Specifications

WIRED/WIRELESSWIRED
COMPATIBILITYPC, PS3
WEIGHT3kg 220g
VIBRATIONNO
BATTERY LIFE
BUTTONS(INCLUDING TRIGGERS)2 Sequential levers + 11 Action buttons + D-Pad.

10. Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas 4

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Best Simulator Joystick
  • Ergonomic design 
  • Adjustable resistance 
  • Compatible with PS4 and PC Only
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Programmable buttons

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Includes internal memory

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Detachable throttle

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Confusing button layout for PC gamers

Thrustmaster is a famous gaming peripheral manufacturer, they are renowned for their wide range of high tech simulation controllers.

The T- Flight Hotas 4 is a flight stick which is manufactured by Thrustmaster available for purchase in the Indian market for just Rs.7,999.

Build and Design

The flight stick itself is completely built from plastic materials but the quality of plastic used is really good. It comes in two parts that are the joystick itself and the throttle – both of them connected with a wire.

It is also possible to attach the joystick and throttle to use it as a single unit instead of two separate units.

The button layout on the T-Flight Hotas 4 is based on the PlayStation 4, with the iconic PlayStation face buttons. This is great to use with the PlayStation consoles but might be confusing for those who play games on PC.

Like we mentioned earlier, the joystick and throttle can be attached or detached based on your preference. When the joystick and throttle are attached, the base feels sturdy and doesn’t tremble. In this position, you will also get a wide wrist rest which ensures wrist support and comfort.

Performance

The T-Flight Hotas 4 from Thrustmaster is an exceptional flight stick and it works flawlessly with the PS4 and PC.

It should be noted that all games are not supported by the T-Flight Hotas 4 and are exclusive to flight simulators and combat simulators are supposed to work with it.

Games like Microsoft Flight Simulator and Ace Combat are the type of games which are compatible with flight stick controllers.

This flight stick has adjustable rudder controls which can be accessed by tilting the joystick, there are also paddle buttons on the throttle which can be used for rudder controls as well.

The buttons on the flight stick are responsive and easily accessible, it’s really easy to use. You can also map the buttons according to your requirements if the original button layout isn’t to your liking.

The throttle is huge and is extremely responsive, it does not feel out of place and has good resistance to it.

This flight stick features internal memory which stores the settings and button programs. You don’t have to worry about remapping the flight stick every time you disconnect.

Verdict

The Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas 4 is one of the best flight sticks which is available for simulation gaming. If you are in search of a flight stick that has a good build quality and feature set then you can go for this.

 Specifications

WIRED/WIRELESSWIRED
COMPATIBILITYPC, PS4
WEIGHT2kg 160g
VIBRATIONNO
BATTERY LIFE
BUTTONS(INCLUDING TRIGGERS)12

11. Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick

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Best Budget Simulator Joystick
  • Best suited for flight simulator games
  • 12 programmable buttons
  • Comfortable handgrip
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Build Quality

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Sturdy Base

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Attractive Design

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Steep learning curve

The Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick is a well-built flight stick by Logitech priced around Rs.3,299 in the Indian market.

Unlike some other game controllers listed in this article, the Extreme 3D Pro is a gaming joystick especially meant to work with flight simulators.

Build and Design

The Logitech Extreme 3D Pro is well built and has a unique design and overall it looks nice.
It has 12 programmable buttons, which can be mapped according to your game and your preferences.

The Extreme 3D Pro joystick has a sturdy base that isn’t flimsy and won’t tremble around when playing games.

The handle of the joystick is well made and it provides a steady grip and aids smooth movements.

Performance

The Logitech Extreme 3D Pro is not meant for all games. It is a flight stick and it’s usually used for Flight and Combat Simulator games. So don’t expect it to work with just any game you have in your collection.

The joystick is very comfortable to hold with a good grip and does what it’s supposed to do well. You can enjoy your simulation games without a problem and for long sessions. It also has a throttle that can be used in certain games.

This budget gaming joystick features precision twist rudder control that can be used to move the rudders in flight sims.

There is no input lag as it’s a wired joystick and the response is fairly accurate and near-instant. This joystick is a plug and play device and does not require any additional driver installation.

Verdict

This is one the best gaming joysticks under Rs.3,000 especially suited for flight simulator games.

With its robust build quality and precision in-game movements, the Logitech Extreme 3D Pro is well worth the asking price.

 Specifications

WIRED/WIRELESSWIRED
COMPATIBILITYPC
WEIGHT1kg 220g
VIBRATIONNo
BATTERY LIFE
BUTTONS(INCLUDING TRIGGERS)12

12. Black Shark H66L Gamepad

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Budget Smartphone Gaming Controller
  • Up to 40 hours of battery life
  • Clicky and responsive buttons
  • Bluetooth connectivity
R

Premium Build quality

R

Lightweight form factor

R

Wireless connectivity

Q

Requires purchase of separate bracket

Black Shark is a company that manufactures gaming hardware, accessories, and software-based in China.

They are well known for their Black Shark series of flagship gaming phones. The Black Shark H66L is a smartphone gamepad priced just under Rs.3,000.

Build and Design

The controller is one part of a set of 4. The Left gamepad, the right gamepad and the brackets which are used to connect it to the mobile phone all of which have to be purchased separately.

In India, we only have the left gamepad and bracket available which costs Rs.499. The left gamepad has the directional buttons, analog stick and a bumper button. There is also a switch on the controller which lets you turn the gamepad on or off.

You should purchase the bracket along with the gamepad, without which the gamepad won’t attach with the smartphone.

So the gamepad is well built, it looks and feels premium. It’s small in size, lightweight and has an ergonomic design which makes it comfortable to hold.

The gamepad is connected with the smartphone with the help of Bluetooth. The buttons on the device are clicky and the analog stick is smooth while moving around.

Performance

The Black Shark H66L is a game-changer when it comes to mobile gaming, you’ll be able to play PUBG and Call of Duty like a pro.

The responsiveness and feedback of the controller are very much on point for the price. You won’t be able to see any input lag, also clicking the buttons on the controller gives you a more satisfying feeling compared to tapping on the phone screen while playing games.

Setting up the gamepad is easy and it will take less than 5 minutes to map the buttons.
The gamepad does perform better with all the parts together but you can still go for it.

Miscellaneous

The Black Shark H66L is not compatible with all android devices, so do make sure to check whether the gamepad does work with your smartphone.

Some of the compatible devices are the BlackShark series of phones, Redmi Note 8 Pro and Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro.

Battery Life

So the Black Shark H66L Gamepad comes with a 340mAh battery. Black Shark claims that the gamepad provides up to 40 hours of gameplay on a single charge, so you won’t have the hassle of charging your gamepad all the time.

The gamepad has a type C charging port which is used to juice up its battery.

Verdict

The Black Shark H66L is a pretty good game controller for mobile gaming. It gives you an edge over the other mobile players but does come at quite a hefty price tag of Rs.2,999.

It works best with all the 4 components of the gamepad together for the most fulfilling experience but unfortunately, those aren’t available in India.

 Specifications

WIRED/WIRELESSWIRELESS
COMPATIBILITYAndroid Devices Mobiles
WEIGHT40g
VIBRATIONNO
BATTERY LIFEUpto 40 Hours
BUTTONS(INCLUDING TRIGGERS)6

13. Xbox Adaptive Controller

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Game Controller for the Differently-Abled
  • Stable wireless connectivity
  • Xbox Accessories companion app
  • Robust build quality
R

Minimalistic design

R

Multiple connectivity ports

R

Works alongside standard Xbox One Controller

Q

No additional peripherals in the box

Gaming is for everyone, games are made as a source of entertainment so all people can enjoy it equally, but there are instances where someone who is physically challenged might not be able to play games with a normal controller and that’s when the Xbox Adaptive Controller enters the scene.

Build and Design

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is designed in a way to make gaming more accessible, people who used to game earlier but are now not able to because of an illness or maybe someone who has never experienced gaming because they never had a way to try it. The controller is primarily aimed at people who have limited mobility.

The Xbox adaptive controller as a whole is simple in terms of design; it’s a rectangular shaped box with two huge buttons, a D-Pad and the start and select buttons.

So the controller has multiple ports on it to which various external switches, buttons, mounts and joysticks can be connected. These external peripherals are all sold separately.
The Xbox Adaptive controller is wireless.

Performance

So when it comes to talking about the performance of the Xbox Adaptive Controller it’s quite unfair considering everyone has their unique play style with the adaptive controller there is no one consistent play style.

The controller can be customized with external switches as per the needs and requirements of every single individual, that is everyone can get an experience which is customized and tailored how they want.

You also can remap buttons and create multiple controller profiles through the Xbox accessories app on Xbox One or Windows 10.

The adaptive controller also works alongside the standard Xbox One controller.

Battery Life

The Xbox adaptive controller has a battery life of up to 25 hours on a single charge.

When the adaptive controller’s charge is over you can charge the controller up with the type C USB charging cable that’s bundled with the box.

Verdict

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is a game-changer when it comes to bringing the gaming community together and expanding it, the controller is a statement that everyone deserves the ability to play games no matter their physical situation.

 Specifications

WIRED/WIRELESSWIRELESS
COMPATIBILITYXbox One
WEIGHT552g
VIBRATIONNO
BATTERY LIFEUpto 25 Hours
BUTTONS(INCLUDING TRIGGERS)7

14. Nacon Daija Arcade Stick

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Best Arcade Gaming Stick
  • Easy Modification options
  • 8 high-quality Sanwa buttons 
  • Made for PS4, PS3, and PC
R

Premium build

R

Sturdy base

R

Smooth joystick

Q

Heavy

The Daija Arcade Stick is another game controller built for arcade-style fighting games, this is an arcade stick which is made in collaboration with a professional Esport player for the needs of professional players.

Build and Design

The Nacon Daija Arcade Stick has a complete plastic build but it is premium in terms of both looks and feels.

The arcade stick features a joystick and 8 Sanwa buttons. On the side of the arcade stick, you can find the PS4 touchpad, trigger buttons, PS button, mode switch, platform switch, option, and share button.

The Sanwa buttons are known for being extremely sensitive that even just resting your finger on them can activate the buttons. These are handy for fighting games.

The platform switch allows you to change between the PS4, PS3, and PC. You can adjust the switch accordingly.

The Arcade stick is completely customizable. You can open it up and customize the buttons according to your needs. You also get a screwdriver and an additional head for the joystick.

Performance

The Daija Arcade Stick is made for professional players. These are meant to play only arcade fighting games like Tekken and Streetfighter.

The Sanwa buttons do an excellent job, – they are smooth and tactile. The controls will take some time to get used to if you are a beginner and you can always customize them to suit your playstyle.

The Daija Arcade Stick also has a textured palm rest which makes it comfortable when gaming.

The base of the arcade stick is extremely sturdy and it does not fidget around even during intense battles.

The arcade stick does not feature any vibration as such, this is because vibrations can be a distraction when playing on a professional level.

Verdict

If you are a professional arcade fighting gamer or are someone interested in learning the troupes of playing with an arcade stick, then look no further. The Daija Arcade Stick from Nacon is one of the best arcade sticks you can find in the market.

 Specifications

WIRED/WIRELESSWIRED
COMPATIBILITYPS3, PS4, PC
WEIGHT4.64kg
VIBRATIONNo
BATTERY LIFE
BUTTONS(INCLUDING TRIGGERS)14

15. Asus ZS660KL

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Honourable Mention
  • Multiple connectivity modes 
  • Robust build quality
  • 8 hours battery backup 
R

Comes with a holder and case

R

Brushed metal finish

R

Comfortable to use

Q

Compatible only with the ROG Phone 2

The Kunai 2 is a game controller which is created by Asus for their ROG Phone 2. This controller is similar to the Blackshark gamepad mentioned in the list. This game controller is only compatible with the Asus ROG Phone 2.

Build and Design

The Kunai 2 controller from Asus is two Nintendo Joycon-like controllers that can be connected to a case or a holder for the controllers which come bundled in the box.

Asus has used premium lightweight plastic material for the construction of these controllers. They weigh just around 180g.

The controller has a brushed metal texture on the base and also a glossy plastic panel where the buttons are placed, in the rear of the controllers you have an additional button. The grips of the controller also have texture to them which makes them comfortable to grip.

The case that comes with the controller lets you put your phone in the case and you can slide the controller on each side like a Nintendo Switch Joy-Con. The holder for the controller on the other hand makes it feel like a full-fledged controller with huge triggers and back buttons.

Performance

The controller works seamlessly with the ROG Phone 2 and gaming with the controller is a breeze.

You can play your favourite games like Fortnite, CoD, and Asphalt with the controller. The controller works like any ordinary gaming controller – comfortable and easy to use.

The controller can be connected to the smartphone via Bluetooth and there is no delay in feedback when playing games.

You can also play games via Google stadia using the controller without any issues, it works flawlessly with stadia.

If you want a more streamlined experience with the controller, you can then use a holder that comes along with it to attach the controller and game via Bluetooth. The holder makes the controller function more like a standard gamepad.

Battery Life

An important point to note is that the controller itself does not have a battery instead when the controller is connected to the case or holder then the controller turns on. You can use a Type C charger to charge up the holder, whereas the case uses the battery of the mobile phone.

The controller used with the holder can last up to 8 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Kunai 2 controller is an astounding mobile controller but the drawback is that this controller is only compatible with the Asus ROG Phone 2.

 Specifications

WIRED/WIRELESSWIRELESS
COMPATIBILITYAndroid Mobile
WEIGHT180g
VIBRATIONNO
BATTERY LIFEUpto 8 Hours
BUTTONS(INCLUDING TRIGGERS)7

So with this, we have finally reached the end of our list for the fifteen best gaming controllers in India, and we hope that we helped you decide the controller that is best for you in your gaming endeavour.

If you have any suggestions or questions regarding this article, let us know in the comments section below.

Until next time, have an amazing day ahead, and thanks for reading!

Buying Guide for Gaming Controller in India

The Indian market has been overloaded with a wide range of gaming controllers/gamepads in the recent few years.

This boom in gaming controllers has been due to the increasing popularity of gaming in the Indian community.

Although there is a wide range of gaming controllers to choose from, one must also know where to spend their hard-earned money.

To help you in this regard, we at Bettershark bring you a short buying guide which details a few important factors you should consider before fixing on a gaming controller.

BUILD

Gaming controllers are made from plastic because it is the most inexpensive and durable material one can find around.

Although plastic is used on all gaming controllers, what one should consider is the quality of plastic. Make sure whatever controller you choose the quality of plastic used is top-notch and doesn’t feel cheap.

Gaming controllers are not only limited to traditional handheld controllers – but you can also find racing wheels and flight sticks.

Racing wheels are an exception where you can also find a metal build. It is best to go for racing wheels with metallic builds since they feel more premium but a plastic build one should also be good if it is from a trustworthy brand.

Another factor to check is whether the controller is wired or wireless. Wireless controllers let you enjoy your games from a distance while wired controllers don’t give you the freedom of moving around while gaming.

But in recent times peripheral manufacturers have started using lengthy cables on their wired controllers which let you game from a distance. Wireless game controllers are usually connected with the help of Bluetooth or a USB receiver.

COMPATIBILITY

Something you should look out for before purchasing a controller is its compatibility with your device of choice.

Although there are a variety of controllers available, not everything is compatible with all devices. Certain controllers only work with a selected range of devices or a single device alone.

For example, if you purchase a Nintendo Switch Joy-con or maybe a Blackshark H66L gamepad, the Switch Joy-con only works with the Nintendo Switch console and the Blackshark gamepad works only with Android devices.

Game compatibility is another thing to consider, flight sticks are compatible with only Flight and Combat simulators they don’t work with other games.

If you are choosing a controller for PC gaming make sure that the controller has support for Xinput and Dinput API. Most modern games support the Xinput interface.

When purchasing a controller for an Android or iOS mobile device, you would need an OTG connector unless Bluetooth connectivity is available.

COMFORT FACTOR

When you choose a gaming controller, it is important to make sure that the controller fits comfortably in your hands. There is no point in purchasing a controller that won’t enhance your gaming experience.

When choosing racing wheels or flight sticks make sure that there are steady grips available for your hands.

Steering wheels with leather grips or rubber make it comfortable to grip whereas when choosing a flight stick, make sure you have a wrist rest and the joystick is ergonomically shaped and the base of the flight stick is steady. If the base is unstable you won’t have a good gaming experience.

Traditional gaming controllers have textured patterns on them or rubberized grips that let you game without your hands slipping due to sweat.

Controller size is another factor to consider. People with large hands should go for big controllers and those with smaller hands should go for more compact controllers.

The weight of the controller is another important factor to be considered. Heavier controllers feel more sturdy and durable but they are not great for long gaming sessions.

FEATURES

Gaming controllers come with unique features that set them apart from the rest of the crowd.
For example, the Dualshock 4 comes with a motion sensor whereas the Nacon Dualshock controllers don’t feature a motion sensor.

So before purchasing a gaming controller, you need to check out the set of features that are available in the controller.

When you choose a flight stick make sure you check whether it has features like a throttle or rudder controls. Before choosing a racing wheel make sure to see the degree of rotation that is possible. Such minute features are what truly enhance your gaming experience, so never overlook them.

Vibration in traditional controllers is another important desirable feature. Vibration motors inside controllers provide you with haptic feedback. These motors truly provide a game-changing experience.

BATTERY LIFE

Most wireless gaming controllers have a battery life of an average of 10 hours. Don’t worry much about battery life on gaming controllers, you can go for any of the controllers as long as they have more than 6 hours of battery life.

Charging a gaming controller takes up around 2-3 hours.

We hope the information provided on this buying guide was helpful to you.

If there is anything else you would like to know about or have any queries you can always comment down below and we will get back to you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. What games can you use a flight stick for?

A. Flightstick is a joystick that is meant to be used only for simulator gaming like flight simulators and combat simulators. They do not function properly with traditional games. Few games that support a flight stick are the Ace Combat series and Microsoft Flight Simulators. Almost all flight and combat simulators work with a flight stick.

Q. Which is the best controller brand?

A. It isn’t possible to recommend a single best brand when it comes to controllers. Every controller has something unique about them. Instead of checking out the brand of various controllers, it’s better to check out what are the features they offer and the brand is not something to consider.