The products discussed here were independently chosen by our editors. GameSpot may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.

Best PS4 Controller In 2022: 7 Great PlayStation 4 Gamepads

Here are the best PS4 controllers still worth picking up in 2022.


Despite the PS5 stealing the limelight, the PS4 is still supported with most major releases coming the last-gen console. Plus, the best PS4 controllers will still work with backwards-compatible PS4 games on the PS5, and there are some truly excellent gamepads to consider. PS4 controllers can also be an excellent option for playing PC games and can make a great phone controller as well, so there are still plenty of reasons to buy one in 2022--especially if you still can't get your hands on a PS5.

The first-party DualShock 4 still remains one of the best PS4 controller options for its affordable price, wide range of colors, and familiar, comfortable fit. It's proven to be one of the most popular and reliable controllers for experiencing all the best PS4 games--especially since all it takes is the push of a button to share incredible moments like a hilarious glitch or beating a Bloodborne boss without getting touched.

The DualShock 4 is a great pad, but when you look at what Microsoft has done with the best Xbox controllers, it can feel a little disappointing not having an official PS4 Elite controller on par with the Elite Series 2. Sony did release a back-button accessory last year that maps two of the DualShock 4's buttons and lets you keep your thumbs on the analog sticks when you want to crouch, jump, reload, or anything in between, but it doesn't bridge the gap entirely. However, there's no shortage of third-party PS4 controllers that offer unique features for enhancing your gaming experience, with excellent options available from Scuf, Razer, and more.

Here, we've rounded up the best PS4 controllers for 2022. Whether you're a PS4 player who hasn't upgraded to the PS5, a PS5 owner who plays a lot of backwards-compatible PS4 games, or someone needing a new fight stick or racing game for PS4 titles, you've come to the right place. For more recommendations, see our guides to the best Switch controllers, best PS5 headsets, and where to buy a PS5 in 2022. We're also tracking the best PlayStation deals available right now.

Note: Some of the controllers on this list are hard to find in new condition. Since new PS4 controllers aren't being manufactured, stock is low across the board. You may have to settle for a preowned controller. That said, you can still get multiple DualShock 4 color options in brand-new condition.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email [email protected]

Join the conversation
There are 13 comments about this story