Everyone including you and me would want that perfect controller that fits perfectly in our hands, works at our slightest touch, and transfers all our subtle movements to the game we are playing. Hence, we are presenting a list of 10 best USB joysticks for an exhilarating gaming experience. Have a read!
10. CH Products Flightstick ($87.30)
This flight stick by CH products features 3-axis joystick with four visible push buttons. A design made for a comfortable grip. This joystick is compatible with Windows 98, Millennium Edition, 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7 for PC and Mac OS 8.6. It also features a total of 22 programmable functions using the control manager software. Simple plug and play. The base has a tight grip on the desk. Hence, it does not wobble around. Solid, well-built, not very slick, but a perfect utilitarian joystick.
9. CH Products USB Combatstick ($93.96)
This is a three-axis joystick with 18 buttons: X, Y, and Z for aileron, elevator, and throttle control, six traditional push buttons, one 4-way hat switch, and one 8-way point of view hat switch. It features an enormous 128 programmable functions that can be managed using control manager software. Plug and play since it has no driver to install. This joystick is compatible with Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, and Mac OSX. Modern joystick layout is based on F-16’s flight control system. Smooth, solid, well-built, and pretty easy and comfortable to use.
8. Thrustmaster USB Joystick ($24.00)
This joystick features a POV (point of view) button that can easily control your camera in gaming. It can move in three different axes and comprises of 4 buttons and one trigger to completely control it. A large comfortable handle with solid base makes it quite stable and easy to use. The HAT switch and throttle work pretty well.
7. Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 Joystick ($32.50)
Microsoft’s Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 features 16 programmable functions. It has eight buttons and eight direction HATs. The processor boasts 16 bit 25 MHz. You can also download and save game commands into specific-controller profiles. It comes with a CD that has drivers for its installation. Construction of joystick is very reliable. Ideal for flight simulator fans!
6. Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X Flight Stick ($49.99)
This joystick boasts a wide hand rest for exceptional comfort. It is programmable and comes with 12 buttons. You can move in 5 different axes. It also features dual-system aerodynamic control and an internal memory that can save data and commands even if the joystick is disconnected. It also has a “Preset” button that allows user to switch while playing from one programme to another and “Mapping” button to change functions. It is plug and play and requires no installation. Comfortable to use!
5. Gamepad Controller Joystick by Z.D ($19.99)
Gamepad controller joystick is supported by PC Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, Andriod, and Play Station 3. With vibration feedback function, it works without any installation of drivers on Windows. It can work as an X-Box 360 controller. Comfortable handling with a reasonable price.
4. Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog Joystick ($399.99)
Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog joystick features 16-bit resolution. It also features H.E.A.R.T (HallEffect Accurate Technology) technology and has 3D magnetic sensors on the stick. The firmware is upgradable. This joystick is a replica of U.S Air Force A-10C’s joystick. The sensors are very accurate, and the construction is firm and stable.
3. Extreme 3D Pro Joystick for Windows ($31.60)
This joystick by LogiTech features 12 action buttons, eight-way HAT switch, and a rapid-fire button. It also enables button customization and multiple controller configurations. A good well-round stick with a comfortable grip and effective throttle control. The base is very stable, so you can comfortably use your controller.
“Subtle movements are reflected in the game.” – Amazon
Great joystick at a reasonable price!
2. Logitech Gamepad F310 ($19.98)
This controller is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8.1. You can customize your software. It has 10 programmable buttons and 8-way programmable D-pad. Ideal for PC gamers. Excellent ergonomics, compatibility, and price. Plug and play!
1. Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller ($26.99)
This joystick lets you play comfortably for hours, thanks to its compact and ergonomic structure. This is compatible with PC as well as XBox 360. The vibration feedback gives you an exhilarating gaming experience. It also features precise thumbsticks, two pressure-point triggers, and an 8-way directional pad. Plug and play controller works without any problems and assigning buttons is easy. Ideal for professional gamers!
Which one are you currently using? Let us know in the comments’ section below.