What controller is better, Sony's PS5 gamepad, or Microsoft's Xbox Series X|S gamepad? Which company has had the best controllers historically? Those are questions that will split opinion, but for me, the two gamepads are of equal quality. However, Xbox has one advantage in the form of the Xbox Elite controller. For the first time, Sony is working on a direct competitor, a PlayStation 5 Pro Controller.
PlayStation users have never really had an in-house premium controller from Sony. Microsoft Xbox users have had the Elite and Elite 2 for several years. If you are unfamiliar with the Elite, it comes with modular parts, rear paddles, and just a better impression of overall quality.
Sony is now said to be working on addressing the balance with a new premiums pad for the PlayStation 5. According to a report from Try Hard Guides, the new PS5 special edition controller will deliver similar elements to the Xbox Elite Gamepad.
While the report calls it the PlayStation 5 Pro Controller, it is unclear if this will be the launch name. Either way, it will reportedly have removable analogue sticks, trigger stops, paddles, and possible removable grips.
Which is Best?
We will have to wait to see the PlayStation 5 Pro Controller see how it stacks against the Xbox Elite controller. However, at the start of this article, I discussed whether the PS5 or Xbox Series X|S has the best gamepad.
For me, the Xbox controller is more ergonomic and has a more premium feel. On the other hand, the PS5 pad provides supreme usability. PS5 controllers also have built-in rechargeable batteries. Xbox pads still require AA batteries… yes, it is 2022 in the new generation of consoles and you still need to buy batteries every 30 hours on Xbox Series consoles.
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