5 best gamepads for eSports


The development of gaming eSports disciplines is gaining momentum. Dota 2, Mortal Kombat and Counter Strike tournaments gather a lot of players and huge budgets, allowing them to award tens of millions of rubles to the winning teams. One of the main tools of an esportsman has become a gamepad or joystick.

When choosing a device, you should pay attention to the following factors:

  • Do not buy Chinese copies of the original gamepads. They are not only worse in quality, but also have mediocre functionality even at a high price tag.
  • Focus on well-known companies. Little-known manufacturers, in an attempt to stand out with something original, significantly worsen their product due to inconvenient configurations and arrangement of elements.
  • Try to choose devices with improved optimization — LOGITECH F310, 360 Wireless Controller, etc.

Top 5 best gamepads for eSports.

5 Astro C40TR

Astro C40 TR

The Astro C40 TR has become one of the most anticipated releases in the esports world for a number of reasons. The first of them is the price. The expected cost of the device will be about $ 200 or 13,200 rubles. The filling will fully comply with the price tag. A characteristic feature of the gamepad will be the interchangeability of sticks and D-Pad components, rear button calibration and the innovative ASTRO Customization Software utility, which expands the possibilities of adjusting the equalizer, triggers, audio outputs and microphone.

The device can work when playing both wired and wireless mode with 12 hours of autonomy. With it, you can enjoy high-quality sound through 3.5 mm outputs. Comes with a carrying case. Currently, you can get the device only by making a pre-order from the official website.

4 Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller Elite

Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller Elite

If the price is not important to you, then this gamepad will become the best companion, both when playing at home and in eSports. In addition to a high-quality case, it is very suitable for repair and replacement of components. You can replace almost everything in it — from sticks to internal components. With optimization here, too, everything is fine. There is an official software for reconfiguring the keys. The cross is different here and it is completely devoid of the shortcomings of the younger brother.

On the case there are additional buttons for fine-tuning the control of the game process. Due to the greater amount of technical stuffing, this version is heavier than the usual one, but the response and overall control picture is much higher. Minus — unreasonably high price.

3 Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller

Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller

While Sony is heavily modifying its gamepads, Microsoft is optimizing its games on PC and XBox, which is why the 360 ​​can be used equally well on a computer and on an eSports console. Wired or wireless — there is no difference, the connection quality in both options is up to par. The main advantage of the product is its versatility, which makes it one of the best options when choosing a joystick for several platforms. It supports 95% of all games on both platforms and feels great in the hand.

Unfortunately, not everyone likes the asymmetric stick layout, so it will take some time to get used to this feature. The buttons are well pressed, the designations on them are not erased even with intensive use. In addition, it is noticeably cheaper than its competitor from Sony. Of the minuses, a tight cross and a small backlash zone are noted, which makes it difficult to accurately aim or hit the enemy.

2 Sony Dualshock 4 v2 Color

Sony Dualshock 4 v2 Color

Here is one of the best and most popular wireless gamepads in the world for eSports. If not for the high price, he could easily get the status of a people’s controller. The main advantage of this model is a very high-quality assembly, where the main material of execution is plastic. It is worth noting that if you want to get a quality product, then you should not order a gamepad on the «left» sites and platforms.

Triggers and bumpers are very good here, popularly called “hammers”. They are on the reverse side and are a kind of standard for other manufacturers. They are moderately tight and provide good tactile sensations. The model is suitable for games in the style of fighting games and racing. The only drawback is the manufacturer’s ideological attachment to PS, which can cause problems with orientation and button assignment when connected to a PC. To adapt, you need to use third-party software.

Most modern joysticks are equally well connected to both set-top boxes and PCs. To connect, use special factory utilities or universal communication channels, such as Bluetooth.


Logitech F310

F310 will be an excellent budget option with the option to change modes. It can be used on both Playstation and Xbox. Engineers did not bother with the design and created a hybrid. From the first leader, the buttons were borrowed, and from the second — the position of the sticks. The main plus is almost complete compatibility with all PC games.

Its low price compared to its competitors allowed it to catch up in sales with the market leaders and win universal love and honor from both the most ordinary users and cybersportsmen. The buttons are not erased here, the sticks work adequately and without backlash. Slightly upsets the tight functioning of the triggers, but the manufacturer compensates for this oversight with a 2-year warranty. The main complaint about the model is its small size and noisy buttons. The gamepad does not have a wireless modification.

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