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Best Gaming Controllers For Mac [BETTER]

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Best Gaming Controllers For Mac

Nimbus SteelSeries brings a Bluetooth gaming controller for your Mac. This MFi-certified controller gives you a real wireless console experience on your Mac and other iOS devices. Pressure-sensitive buttons allow you to play games for hours without causing finger cramp.

Once you recharge this controller, it can be used for more than 40 hours to enjoy non-stop gaming. You can use the Nimbus Companion app to explore free and paid controller-enabled games on your mobile devices.

Bring back your childhood memories with this classic USB controller for your Mac and NES gaming. This retro gamepad is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit computers. You can connect this controller to your Mac with a USB port.

CC&SS brings Mac gaming controller, which boasts super sensitive buttons. You can precisely control your game without missing any shot. With its six-feet long cord, you can play all games comfortably from your couch.

Additionally, these controllers work with some Android games. Many gamers have also discovered and built software workarounds to expand the peripherals' repertoire of platforms beyond what Sony and Nintendo probably intended. So if you happen to have either one of these pads lying around, you might just be able to get by without having to shell out cash for a whole new controller.

One thing you might need to purchase, however, is a game controller. If you've played games over the last decade, there's a decent chance you already have a compatible controller lying around somewhere, but it can be a mess to figure out which controllers actually work with each streaming platform. Below, we'll go through each service and the controllers they currently support so you can jump right into a game.

Stadia is still very much a work in progress and Google is actively developing support for more devices and controllers. You can find more information (and watch for updates) at Stadia's support page(Opens in a new window).

Even within that narrow set of devices, Sony only officially supports its own controllers. The DualShock 4 controller can be used on the PS4 or PC, while the DualShock 3 controller can also be used on PC for PS3 games only.

However, unofficially, some users have reported success using an Xbox One(Opens in a new window) or Switch Pro controller(Opens in a new window). In some cases, this required using software workarounds, and games that require motion controls won't work with these devices. For these reasons, it's not a route we can really recommend, but if you're in a DIY mood (or these are the only controllers you have available), give them a try.

During the current Preview test period, Microsoft is only officially supporting Bluetooth-compatible Xbox One controllers. Unfortunately, not every Xbox One controller supports Bluetooth, and it's confusing on how to tell the difference.

Microsoft has committed to support(Opens in a new window) DualShock 4 controllers in 2020, but it hasn't said when this will happen or which devices the controllers will work with when support rolls out.

While the touch controls on iPhones are suitable for brief periods of gameplay, using a controller is the preferred option for extended sessions. There is a growing selection of games that are compatible with gaming controllers on both iPhone and iPad, allowing you to experience the same level of enjoyment as you would on a console like an Xbox or PlayStation. iPhones and iPads have always provided an excellent gaming experience, and the use of a controller can enhance that experience even further. If you play a lot of games on the iPhone, these are the best gaming controller for iPhone and iPad you can buy in 2023.

If you do extended gaming on your iPhone, you should also invest in a good wireless charger. Some of the best MagSafe wireless chargers allow you to prop up the iPhone in landscape orientation. So, you can pair a gaming controller with your iPhone and place it on a wireless charger to enjoy extended gaming without losing battery life. Also, check out the best MagSafe power banks to ensure your iPhone is charging when you use touch controllers to play games.

We have divided this article into two sections. The first section deals with controllers that work with both iPhone and iPad, while the second section has controllers that turn your iPhone into a handheld gaming machine. You can use the table of content below to switch to the section you want.

On the other hand, if you want a controller with a grip that allows for hours of comfortable gaming, you can get the Sn30 Pro+ controller. For a few extra bucks, you will get a full-size controller with excellent hand grips.

The GuliKit KingKong 2 Pro is one of the best wireless controllers you can buy for iPhone and iPad. Instead of using the regular potentiometer-based joysticks (found in the likes of PS5 and Xbox controllers), the GuliKit KingKong 2 Pro uses the hall sensor joystick. Since there are no degrading pieces, the joysticks last long, and you will not experience any joystick drifts. The joystick has passed the test of 50 million times, with long life, anti-breakage, and anti-jamming, and feels premium in hand.

Like the PS5 DualSense controller, the Xbox Core wireless controller also works with your iPhone and iPad via Bluetooth. The controller comes with a hybrid D-pad and textured grip on the triggers, bumpers, and back-case, allowing for a comfortable gaming experience. We love that the Xbox Core controller comes in multiple colors, allowing you to choose the one that suits your personality. Instead of a built-in battery, the Xbox Core controller uses AA batteries, which some users find off-putting. But if you invest in rechargeable batteries and a battery charger (like this one from Energizer from Amazon), you can have an endless game run without stopping to charge your controller.

If you want an affordable handheld mobile gaming experience with your iPhone, you should buy the GameSir X2 iPhone gaming controller. The controller attaches to your iPhone via the lightning port, so you get minimal lag. We love that the controller features a rotatable Lightning plug, so even if you are using a case on your iPhone, you can just tilt the lighting connector to get the perfect fit. Using the GameSir X2, you can play all the iPhone games that support controller gameplay, along with cloud-gaming games from Luna, Steam, and Xbox.

The GameSir X2 also features pass-through, allowing you to charge your iPhone while playing games. If you use one of the best wall adapters from our list, you can fast charge your iPhone while gaming. For on-the-go gaming, you can also buy a good power bank. Coming to the controller itself, you get micro switch buttons with a lifespan of 3 million clicks, personalized analog buttons, an adjustable three-gear turbo function, and more. We also love that the analog buttons have a wide range of motions, and are very close to console controllers.

The Backbone One iPhone gaming controller is our favorite handheld gaming controller on this list for several reasons. Firstly, it sports a light and compact build, allowing you to easily carry the controller and play for hours without fatiguing your hands. Secondly, its companion apps give you easy access to all the controller-supported games installed on the device. It also shows you the most popular controller-supported games on the App Store, so you can download and enjoy them at your leisure.

And thirdly, we love that it offers both pass-through charging and a headphone jack, allowing you to enjoy wired audio. While Bluetooth audio is great for listening to songs and streaming movies, it can a bit of a problem while gaming. Even the minuscule lag in audio while gaming can play havoc with your perception, ruining your game enjoyment, and decreasing your performance in competitive online gaming.

The final handheld gaming controller on our list is the Razer Kishi V2. The biggest benefit of the Razer Kishi V2 is that it comes with cutting-edge microswitch buttons, analog triggers, customizable triggers, and programmable macros to bring console-level gaming to your phone. Overall, it sports a better build quality than the other two hand-held controllers on our list. We also love the programmable macros that allow us to set custom actions.

We hope that the list was able to help you find the best gaming controller for your iPad and iPhone. We have included both traditional controllers that work with both iPhone and iPad and controllers that turn your iPhone into a handheld gaming machine. Check them out and let us know which controller you are buying for your gaming needs.

Instructions for PlayStation game controllers and Xbox game controllers are available, but the general steps are the same for all Bluetooth game controllers that can be paired with a computer or mobile phone.

When you pair more than one controller that can be customized in this way, these settings include Buddy Controller. You can use the Buddy Controller feature to combine inputs from multiple controllers into one so that another person can support you in getting to the next level in your game.

If you're a fan of retro gaming, RetroPie is a fantastic project. It takes a Raspberry Pi and transforms it into nearly any old console you can think of. It's endlessly customizable and a great way to revisit old favorites or find new classics.

A game console, real or virtual, is only as good as its controller. Pick the wrong controller, and no matter how good a game looks, it will feel wrong. Fortunately, with so many controllers supported by the RetroPie project, it's easy to find the best controller for RetroPie for you.

When you think about controllers, customizable isn't usually the word that comes to mind. That said, that is exactly what the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller is. You can swap out the thumbtacks, directional pads, or paddles, and that's just the start.


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