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Playing Fortnite on a controller is a pretty common choice these days.
As we’ve discussed in a previous article, controller users, even on PC, receive some aim assistance from the game by default. This levels the playing field with keyboard warriors and their pesky high speed aiming.
There are tons of controllers out there, though, and if you’re serious about your Fortnite game, you’ll want to choose a controller you can trust.
See also our list of consoles and how to pick one.
PlayStation 4 and 5 controllers
The standard controller that comes with every PS4 right out of the box, the DualShock 4 is the latest in a long line of PlayStation controllers since the PS1.
- It’s an extremely reliable controller both because of its build quality and features.
- Both analog sticks are durable and have enough resistance to make them perfect for aiming and moving in shooters.
- The trigger buttons also feel pretty good to shoot with and are quite large so you’ll never miss firing under pressure.
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The DS4 is a solid PS4 pick if you don’t want to spend much money on a Fortnite controller.
Nacon Revolution Pro Controller 3
Going into the pricier range of PS4 controllers, the Nacon Revolution Pro 3 is a Sony licensed tool of champions.
One of its most unique features is its programmable right stick.
By connecting it to a PC and installing the Nacon software, you can adjust the amount of resistance and sensitivity it has. This way you can fine-tune your aim to your liking.
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The Nacon Pro 3 also boasts asymmetrical analog sticks which may be a better choice for those used to using Xbox controllers.
Xbox One Controllers
Xbox One Controller
An old faithful among shooter players of all stripes, the standard Xbox controller is highly praised.
It’s got some of the best feeling analog sticks on the market for a standard controller. On top of that, the sticks are placed asymmetrically which feels more natural to some players. Both triggers have also been refined in the Xbox One version making them just as good as the DS4’s. Use this with confidence if you don’t want to spend the extra dough on controllers.
Xbox Wireless Controller. Includes Bluetooth technology for gaming on Windows 10 PCs and tablets | See details at Amazon.com
The crown jewel of the Xbox brand’s controller line, the Elite is as top-of-the-line as it gets.
It’s got several back buttons that are customizable to fit your needs. These can provide tons of advantages for snappier movement and unleashing of abilities.
The Xbox Elite is also a lot weightier than the standard controller and comes with several accessories including a hard-shell case.
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Nintendo Switch Controllers
The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is inadvertently one of the best console controllers available for all kinds of games, including Fortnite.
One of its biggest strengths is the resistance in its analog controllers, a huge contrast from their Joycon counterparts. The face buttons are all quite large making them easier to press even when you’re under pressure.
PowerA Wired Controller Plus
PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch. Features motion controls and advanced gaming Buttons and ergonomic design with standard button layout | See details at Amazon.com
This one is a great alternative to the official Nintendo Pro Controller. It’s got pretty much all of the same features that make the Pro pretty good for Fortnite with the exception of it being a wired controller only. This fact, however, makes it a much cheaper option.
With game streaming becoming popular on mobile, some companies have stepped up with some interesting options for mobile phone controllers.
The main issues most of them have are that they’re either designed with specific form factors in mind or they need to be connected with Bluetooth. The Razer Kishi says no to all of that.
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This controller splits in two and thanks to its expandable middle, it can fit almost any phone under the sun. The Kishi connects directly to your phone’s USB-C port meaning there’s no lag nor any need for charging it.
There’s also a version for iPhone. As a controller, it’s got all of the buttons and sticks you need to play Fortnite.
Any Console Controller plus a clip
If you’ve got any current-gen console controller laying around then that can be used as a controller for your phone. All you need to do is connect it via Bluetooth.
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The only other thing you would need is a mounting clip for your phone and those typically are very cheap. Bluetooth connectivity can be laggy in some situations so it’s not the best option out there.
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Pretty much all of the options we’ve outlined in this article for getting your Fortnite on can be connected to a PC as well, with the exception of the Razer Kishi (obviously). The good news also is that you don’t need any special software anymore as the PC version of Fortnite supports all console controllers right off the bat.
As a PC player, you’re quite spoiled for choice.
See our full Fortnite beginners guide for all topics on equipment and how to play.