Com­po­nent Watch

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...

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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)

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