Hardcore PC gamers may scoff, but a lot of people prefer to get their mitts on a console-style controller so here are some great deals...
Get your game on with one of this week’s gamepad deals
Ever get irritated that controlling games on your PC just isn’t as intuitive as controlling them on your games console? Fancy a controller that can satisfy your retro cravings and get you away from that keyboard/mouse combo? Well, this week’s Component Watch has you covered with a games controller for every budget.
Deal 1: Thrustmaster Dual Analog 4 RRP: £15 / Deal Price: £10
So, let’s start at the bottom of the price range, then. This super-cheap gamepad has everything you need for playing games on your PC: a USB connection, analogue thumbsticks and an array of buttons to put any console controller to shame. It even has rubberised grips for extra comfort. Yes, it’s unashamedly basic – and probably lacks a little of durability and styling that hardcore gamers would crave – but it’s priced to match its build. In fact, this is one controller where savings make it virtually impossible to ignore – it was cheap anyway, but with 30% off retail it’s a steal. Frankly, we can’t imagine a better deal. Where to get it: Overclockers UK ( bit.ly/2b6gMv2)
Deal 2: Xbox 360 Wireless Controller RRP: £40 / Deal Price: £30
While people would argue long and hard about whether the Xbox 360 was the king of games consoles in its time, there aren’t many that would put up a fight if you noted it’s controller set the standard for that generation of gaming. The 360 is now pretty long-in-thetooth, eclipsed by the Xbox One and winding down in terms of interest, but that makes it a great time to buy one of its Windows-Compatible controllers. With unparalleled design, it’s an essential gaming accessory – vibration, wireless, analogue inputs, even Xbox Live integration from the unit itself. There’s nothing you could ask from a basic controller that this one doesn’t do to perfection. Where to get it: Currys ( bit.ly/2bg7kWg)
Deal 3: Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R RRP: £40 / Deal Price: £36
This full-size universal Bluetooth controller from Mad Catz is compatible with i-OS and Android devices as well as PCs, Macs, and devices like the Fire TV. It even has a mouse mode and media controls so that it can be used to control Bluetooth devices that might not ordinarily support a controller. On the PC it’s fully customisable and it charges simply over USB. If you’re after a game controller that can work with everything you own, this might be it. Where to get it: Stuff-UK ( bit.ly/2aLGgQi)
Deal 4: Steelseries Stratus V2 RRP: £60 / Deal Price: £55
This Bluetooth controller is designed for use with i-OS devices (7, or higher), including the Apple TV. It supports hundreds of games and features pressure-sensitive buttons and d-pad, dual analogue sticks and 10 hours of battery life. It even has on-device multiplayer and a menu key so you don’t even have to touch the remote. It charges over USB, but all you need is included. Where to get it: Overclockers ( bit.ly/2b3oG5j)
Deal 5: Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller RRP: £130 / Deal Price: £109
Designed in the style of the Xbox One controller, this ‘Elite’ model has better speed and accuracy, with interchangeable metal thumbsticks, D-pads, and paddles so that you can enjoy the optimum experience for your style and preference. It’s undoubtedly aimed at high-end gamers only, and a price like this means you’ll have to REALLY want one – but you can still save a fair chunk on it this way. Where to get it: CCL ( bit.ly/2aLo725)