Thanks to the success of mobile shooters such as PUBG Mobile, as well as its biggest competition, Fortnite, more and more game developers and publishers are starting to see the merits of porting over their games to smartphones and tablets, as well as developing ones specifically for these portable everyday devices.
But, even with that in mind, the biggest issue when gaming on a smartphone or a tablet is that gaming and touchscreen don’t always go best together.
Even if most developers today try their best to make touch input work seamlessly with their games, it cannot be denied that shooters, such as PUBG Mobile, are played best when you’re using a controller.
This is why we’ve taken the time to compile a list of our favourite controllers for PUBG Mobile.
If you want to up your game and guarantee yourself a higher chance of being the last man standing in your games, make sure to check out our list below.
Think of your console gaming controller being split into two separate pieces and that’s what you get with the Gamevice mobile controller.
The Gamevice isn’t the flashiest controller out there. Nor is it the most gimmicky. It’s actually pretty classic, all things considered, equipped with a more old-fashioned joypad on the left and that chunky feel that most old-school gamers would prefer a gamepad rather than one that’s lightweight.
Perhaps the best thing about the Gamevice is that it’s made for a variety of iOS devices. Unfortunately, the support isn’t as extensive when it comes to Android phones, with limited support available only for Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy devices.
One of the more gimmicky mobile controllers available on the market, the Diswoe wireless controller comes with its very own cooling fan and 2000 mAh power bank that lets you game for hours on end without worrying if your phone has enough juice left or if it’s already getting too hot for comfort.
Just keep in mind that, unlike the other controllers on this list, the Diswoe wireless controller will still use the touch input interface.
While we’ve already mentioned how this puts you at a huge disadvantage, the ergonomics of being able to hold your phone like a controller might help even things up a bit.
If you’re used to touch input, but want to have a more controller-like experience while playing PUBG Mobile, the Diswoe wireless controller is definitely worth trying.
Giving you the same power bank functionality as that of the Diswoe Wireless Controller but in a more conventional gaming pad form, Electronic Arts’ PowerA Moga Hero Power will feel new on your hands while playing but it won’t take long for your hands to get a solid grip and get pretty comfortable when playing.
The standard dual analogue style means that you’re still getting the same console controller experience. But, because it has its own clip, and everything is designed around mobile functionality, there are no compromises.
The best part about the PowerA Moga Hero Power, however, is that it comes with its very own 2200mAh battery that you can use while you’re playing.
Who says that you’d have to pay a premium price to have bluetooth-enabled mobile controller that can let you play games on the go with little to no compromise?
At a very affordable price, the EVO VR Gamepad Pro is easily the cheapest PUBG Mobile controller on our list. But, make no mistake, it doesn’t feel cheap in any way. In fact, you’d be forgiven if you mistook it for a premium gaming controller that costs at least twice its asking price.
As an added bonus, the EVO VR Gamepad Pro switches seamlessly between iOS and Android devices. It also supports Oculus GO, as well as other stand alone VR helmets.
For less than half of what you’d normally pay for the other controllers on our list, the EVO VR Gamepad is a no-brainer if you’re short on cash.
If you prefer gaming on an Xbox-style controller and want one that already comes with everything that you need to play PUBG Mobile right out of the box, then the Rotor Riot is definitely worth considering.
Featuring clicky buttons and responsive joysticks, the Rotor Riot is an excellent choice for on-the-go gaming.
The Rotor Riot is also great if you happen to have a drone. It can be used to control some of the more popular drones out in the market today, such as the DJI Spark and the Parrot Bebop, among others.
For a more console-like experience on your iOS or Android smartphone, the SteelSeries Stratus XL and the SteelSeries Stratus Nimbus are near-unparalleled.
Featuring a familiar design, which incorporates the same feel and contours of the Xbox One Controller but uses the analogue stick design of the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller, the SteelSeries Stratus XL and the SteelSeries Stratus Nimbus feels just right in the palms of anyone who’s played on any console in the past.
Keep in mind that SteelSeries made different variants for Android and Windows devices (SteelSeries Stratus XL) and iOS devices (SteelSeries Nimbus).
Both follow the same design philosophy and feature set. However, they do look slightly different from each other. Also, the SteelSeries Stratus XL uses two AA batteries (already included with the purchase), which can last for up to 40 straight hours. The SteelSeries Nimbus can be recharged via lightning cable and can last for just as long as well.
Both the SteelSeries Stratus XL and Nimbus are almost the perfect controller for PUBG Mobile. The only issue is that they don’t come with a clip for your device. This means that you’ll have to buy a separate clip that hopefully fits, or else you’ll have to use a separate stand, so you can keep your device upright while you’re playing.
The Nintendo Switch Pro controller is easily the most expensive controller in our roundup. Plus, there’s also the fact that it’s not compatible with iOS devices as of yet (it might work with iOS 13), so, skip this if you’re playing PUBG Mobile on an iPhone or an iPad.
But, if you already have one lying around and you’re on Android, it’s hard to find a better controller.
As long as you’re willing to deal with the slightly tedious set-up process of the Nintendo Switch Pro controller, the price of the controller you’re spending plus the money for the stand or clip should be well worth it.
3. Microsoft Xbox One Controller + Smart Clip
If you’re used to the Xbox-style layout controller, then why not buy an Xbox One controller already?
Just be careful, however. Older versions of the Xbox One controller are not bluetooth-enabled.
If you bought your Xbox One at launch date, there’s a huge chance that you won’t be able to sync it with your Android device. But, if it’s new, or if you’re really going to buy one, then good for you.
There’s a reason why multiple controllers use the same layout as that of the Xbox, and it’s because it works.
Unfortunately, if you’re playing PUBG Mobile on an iOS device, you will have to wait for iOS 13 or the iPadOS to arrive sometime in Fall later this year.
The default PlayStation 4 gaming controller, the DualShock 4, is widely considered as the best console controller out in the market today. But, as it turns out, the DualShock 4, which improves on a design that’s been in use for more than two decades, is also good for mobile games such as PUBG Mobile as well.
A long-kept secret of Sony Xperia users, the DualShock 4 has been Android-compatible for quite some time now. Android users simply have to connect the Bluetooth-enabled controller to their devices, and that’s it.
Unfortunately, because Sony didn’t initially plan on using the DualShock 4 for mobile phones, it doesn’t come with a smartphone clip. Nor does Sony sell their own smartphone clip.
Luckily, you can find a number of smartphone clips online. For example, the Nyko Smart Clip, one of the best-selling smart clips on Amazon, is available for a cheap price on Amazon.
While the cost of the controller plus the smart clip does indeed make this quite expensive, it is worth it. But, if you already have a PS4 at home and have a DualShock 4 controller lying around, there’s really no reason why you should go out and buy a different controller to play PUBG Mobile.
That is, unless, you are gaming on an iOS device.
As of the moment, the DualShock 4 does not currently support iOS devices. However, once iOS 13 and iPadOS comes this fall, Apple’s line of mobile devices will be able to fully support the DualShock 4 controller.
If ever a company made the equivalent of the Xbox Elite controller for mobile games such as PUBG Mobile, the Razer Raiju Mobile pretty much comes the closest.
With a wide range of customization options, from input sensitivity to button layout, as well as seamless switching between Bluetooth and wired connections, the Razer Raiju Mobile is our pick for the best controller for PUBG Mobile.
Unfortunately, the Razer Raiju Mobile comes with a slight caveat; it’s not compatible with iOS devices just yet.
There’s no word from Razor when they plan on updating the Razer Raiju, or if they ever plan on doing it. But, if you’re on Android and you’re looking for a gaming controller for PUBG Mobile, it’s hard to get any better than the Razer Raiju.
Which Controller Should I Choose?
Ultimately, the choice is up to you.
Nobody, not even us, can buy your controller for you. You’ll have to be the one to buy your own PUBG Mobile controller based on your preferences and budget, as well as with a little bit of help from our recommendations.
If you already have a DualShock 4 or Xbox One Controller, however, then you might want to just stick with what you have and buy a smart clip instead.
Also make sure to read our guide for the best pubg mobile settings.
Regardless of which of the controllers for PUBG Mobile we suggested you choose, you’re going to go home satisfied with your purchase and be able to enjoy each controller for dozens if not hundreds of hours.