Sorry Sony, but the DualShock 4 controller for the PlayStation 4 doesn’t hold a candle to the Xbox One controller. Microsoft’s controller features an offset analog stick layout and proper shoulder triggers instead of clunky bumpers. This culminates into a controller with a more comfortable grip and an overall better design layout.
That being said, the PlayStation 4 has a significantly better game library than the XBox One. Unfortunately, despite both the PS4 and Xbox One using Bluetooth to connect their controllers to their respective consoles, there’s no way of using your Xbox One controller on your PS4 natively. If you’re a PlayStation fan but have always been envious of the Xbox One controller, your days of pining for Microsoft’s design are over. A number of third-party controller manufacturers have answered your prayers.
1. Hori ONYX
The Onyx controller by Hori features the offset analog stick layout that Xbox One controllers are known for. Of course, controller layout preference is mostly subjective; however, offset analog sticks are thought to help prevent fatigue and cramping. In addition to the offset analog sticks, the Hori Onyx has a wide body similar to that of the Xbox One controller, helping to alleviate crowding, particularly with players who have larger hands.
Furthermore, the Hori Onyx connects to your PS4 console via Bluetooth and includes a built-in motor for vibration. Despite all the things the Hori Onyx gets right, it’s not exactly perfect. Regrettably, there is no headphone jack. Most egregious, however, is the lack of an internal gyroscope and lightbar. Omitting these means you won’t be playing any VR games with the Hori Onyx. That being said, the Hori Onyx is one of the most affordable PS4 controllers with the Xbox One controller layout.
2. Nacon Asymmetric Wireless
For some, Sony’s DualShock 4 controller is a bit on the small side. The Asymmetrical Wireless controller by accessory specialist Nacon is a chunkier option that takes its cues from the Xbox One controller. Aside from the heftier body, the real selling point of the Asymmetric Wireless is the asymmetric analog stick configuration, hence the name. Furthermore, the face buttons, shoulder buttons and touch pad are all slightly larger compared to the standard DualShock 4. Aesthetically speaking, there’s not all that much to boast about. The Nacon Asymmetric Wireless controller is made from plain matte black plastic.
In addition to the uninspired design, the Nacon Asymmetric Wireless has a few other downsides. Although the Asymmetric Wireless can indeed be used wirelessly, it cannot connect to the PS4 without a USB dongle. Additionally, the controller lacks a built-in speaker and motion control capabilities. While motion control is only used in a small number of titles, it’s worth noting.
On the other hand, the Nacon Asymmetric Wireless controller boasts seven hours of battery life, a marked improvement over Sony’s DualShock 4. Furthermore, the Nacon Asymmetric Wireless can also be used with your PC, effectively killing two birds with one stone.
3. Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro
The Nacon Asymmetric Wireless controller has causal gaming enthusiasts covered, but what if you’re looking for something competition-worthy? If you’re in the market for a tournament-ready controller, Nacon has you covered there as well. The Revolution Unlimited Pro makes a strong argument for the best PS4 controller available, and for good reason. The Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro features a larger, more ergonomic body, designed to fit in most hands comfortably. For fans of the Xbox One controller, the offset analog sticks are also present.
The real draw of the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro are the many customizations that can be made. The controller ships with various parts that can change the size and shape of the analog sticks. There are even small weights which can be slipped inside the body of the controller to give it more weight, if you want a controller with a bit more heft to it.
Furthermore, there are four programmable buttons on the backside of the Revolution Unlimited Pro. These buttons can be mapped to existing inputs, like the face buttons, allowing gamers to execute actions without having to remove their thumbs from the analog sticks. There’s no denying that the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro is a fantastic controller. However, all those bells and whistles are going to cost you.
4. SCUF Vantage
Another third-party manufacturer that specializes in high-end gaming accessories is SCUF. SCUF has made a name for themselves as producers of high-quality, highly-customizable controllers. The Vantage series ticks off all of those boxes while adopting a similar layout to the Xbox One controller. The most noticeable change is the placement of the analog sticks which adopt the asymmetrical positioning of the Xbox One controller. The SCUF Vantage also has a slightly larger body, helping to alleviate the fatigue associated with smaller controllers.
The SCUF Vantage also features a few additional programmable buttons. There are four paddle switches located on the underside of the controller as well as two additional buttons on either side of the controller near the shoulder buttons. Furthermore, the SCUF Vantage can be used wirelessly via Bluetooth or wired with the included 10-foot cable.
If you don’t like the look of the SCUF Vantage, you can pop off the magnetic faceplate and change it with a variety of colorful options. Additionally, you can pop off the analog sticks, D-pad and L2R2 buttons and replace them with alternatives. That being said, be aware that all of this customization does come at a price.
Now that you’ve invested in a better Playstation 4 controller alternative, consider grabbing some of the best PS4 accessories available to elevate your gaming experience. Do you prefer the DualShock 4 or Xbox One controller? Is your favorite PS4 controller with offset analog sticks not on this list? Let us know in the comments!