PC Specialized Controllers

While gamepads and keyboards work with any sort of game, there is another more specialized type of controller. These ones are made for a specific genre of gaming. On this page, we´ll list the different flying joysticks, wheels and fighting sticks available for PC. Click on the name of the model or picture of each one to go to the external store page for that controller.

Fight Sticks
 

These are controllers made for fighting games. Meant to emulate the arcades which gave birth to the genre, they have a joystick and at least eight "face" buttons.

The sticks are a pretty common sight at tournaments and any sort of competitive event that involves fighting games. They have a pretty steep learning curve, so don´t expect to get better just by having one, but, with the training and perseverance that characterizes the genre, you should be able to learn how to use them without much issue. 

Model
Characteristics
Consoles
Company
Panthera
Mod-friendly tournament stick with internal compartments.
PS4 and PC
Razer
Dragon
Easy to mod. Has "premium" buttons.
PS4,PS3 and PC
Qanba
Atrox
Is mod friendly. Has internal storage.
Xbox and PC
Razer
Panthera Street Fighter V
Mod-friendly tournament stick with internal compartments.
PS4 and PC
Razer
Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai
With touchpad, a subpanel and programmable buttons
Xbox and PC
HORI
Real Arcade Pro N Hayabusa
With touchpad, a subpanel and programmable buttons
PS4,PS3 and PC
HORI
Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai (White)
With touchpad, a subpanel and programmable buttons
PS4,PS3 and PC
HORI
Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai
With touchpad, a subpanel and programmable buttons
PS4,PS3 and PC
HORI
Crystal Joystic
Has LED buttons, a magnetic handle and USB compartment and a touchpad.
PS4,PS3 and PC
Qanba
F500 Stick
Multiconsole
PS4, Xbox, PC, Switch, Android
Mayflash
F500 Stick
Multiconsole
PS4, Xbox, PC, Switch, Android
Mayflash
Drone
Honeycomb-inspired design
PS4,PS3 and PC
Qanba
Carbon
Multiconsole
PC and PS3
Qanba
N30 Arcade Stick
Multiconsole
Switch, PC, Mac, Android
8Bitdo
F300 Stick
Multiconsole. Portable
PS4, Xbox, PC, Switch, Android
Mayflash
F300 Stick
Multiconsole. Portable
PS4, Xbox, PC, Switch, Android
Mayflash
F101
Multiconsole
PC,Switch and PS3
Mayflash
Fighting Stick
Multiconsole
PC,PS4,Xbox,Switch
ESYWEN
Flying Joysticks
 

Have you ever wanted to know what it´s like to fly a plane? For those that want to feel like a real pilot, but without going to flight school, there exists the Flying Joysticks. These Joysticks are controllers designed to emulate their counterparts in the real cockpit.

 

They are a pretty popular complement not only to flying games but also to space and flight simulators.

Model
Characteristics
Consoles
Company
HOTAS Warthog
Replica of an A-10C aircraft joystick
PC
Thrustmaster
PRO Flight Yoke
Not a joystick per se, but a yoke. Still allows you to control your plane.
PC
Logitech
T16000M HOTAS
Advanced USB throttle, rudder and joystick
PC
Thrustmaster
X56 Rhino HOTAS
A joystick and throttle with RGB backlights and a multitude of customizable options.
PC
Logitech
G X52
USB joystick and throttle with LED display
PC
Logitech
Yoke USB
Not a joystick per se, but a yoke. Still allows you to control your plane.
PC
CH products
T16000M HOTAS
Advanced USB throttle and joystick
PC
Thrustmaster
Gladiator
A replica joystick from a KG12
PC
VKB Sim.
Hotas 4 Flight
Flying stick to emulate flying on the PS4
PS4 and PC
Thrustmaster
T-Flight Hotas One
Comes with a Joystick and a Throttle
Xbox and PC
Thrustmaster
PC Joystick
USB joystick
PC
YF2009
Extreme 3D Pro
USB joystick
PC
Logitech
USB Joystick
USB joystick
PC
Thrustmaster
Flying Accessories
 

A joystick and a throttle are all well and good to simulate a cockpit, but you can always take it a step further. There are a good number of additional add-ons that you can buy so that you'll have nothing to envy from a real cockpit. As a matter of fact, we already wrote on how you can use them to copy a real cockpit on your desktop.

 

The only drawback is that most of them are made for one specific game: Microsoft Flight Simulator. As a result, they are not compatible with most of the other flight games.

Model
Characteristics
Consoles
Company
FRP Rudder
A rudder to complement the Thrustmaster joysticks.
PC and PS4
Thrustmaster
Pro Flight Throttle Quadrant
Additional throttles for a more realistic flight experience
PC
Logitech
Pro Throttle
A throttle to complement a flying joystick
PC
CH products
Pro Flight Multi Panel
Set of switches and LED display for your flight simulator
PC
Logitech
TrackIr 5
An optical head tracking system for more immersive flying
PC
Natural Point
Pro Flight Radio Panel
LED panel that displays the radio frequency of the plane in the flight simulator
PC
Logitech
Flight Instrument Panel
LCD screen that integrates with he flight simulator to provide information from the game.
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Logitech
Driving Wheel
 

As the name implies, these are stationary wheels that you can use to drive in racing games. If you are a fan of racing and are interested in a more realistic and immersive way to drive your virtual car, then these are the controllers for you.

 

Most wheels come with a set of pedals and/or have force feedback (vibration ) to simulate real driving even more closely.

Model
Characteristics
Consoles
Company
Motorsport Racing Wheel
Includes a set of pedals and a servo wheel base.
Xbox and PC
Fanatec
Ferrari Wheel Red Legend
Comes with pedals. Has force feedback.
PC and PS3
Thrustmaster
Racing Wheel Apex
Programmable. Comes with a mounting clamp and pedals.
PS4,PS3 and PC
HORI
TMX
Comes with pedals. Has force feedback.
Xbox and PC
Thrustmaster
T150 PRO Racing
Includes a set of pedals. Has force feedback.
PS4,PS3 and PC
Thrustmaster
Driving Force G29
Includes a set of pedals. Has force feedback.
PS4,PS3 and PC
Logitech
Driving Force G920
Includes a set of pedals and a shifter.
PC and Xbox
Logitech
T300RS
Includes a set of pedals. Has force feedback. The wheel is detachable.
PS4 and PS3
Thrustmaster
T300 Ferrari
Includes a detachable wheel, its base and pedals.
PS4,PS3 and PC
Thrustmaster
TX Wheel
Comes with pedals. Has force feedback.
Xbox and PC
Thrustmaster
TX RW Leather
Leather wheel that comes with a base and pedals. Has force feedback.
Xbox and PC
Thrustmaster
TS-XW
Replica of the Sparco P310 wheel. Comes with a set of pedals and has force feedback.
Xbox and PC
Thrustmaster
Wheel Accessories
 

While the wheel and pedals are good, but you can always go a step further. Extra pedals, shifters, clamps and even a base for different wheels are available to make driving your virtual car feel exactly like driving a real one.

Model
Characteristics
Consoles
Company
TM Sim HUB
A hub to connect several of the Thrustmaster wheels and/or other accessories at the same time
Xbox and PC
Thrustmaster
Racing Clamp
Stand
Xbox,PC ,PS3 and PS4
Thrustmaster
TH8A Gearbox Shifter
A Gearbox Shifter to complement a Thrustmaster wheel
PS4,PS3, Xbox and PC
Thrustmaster
Ferrari F1 Wheel Add-On
Detachable racing wheel that turns your previous thrustmaster wheel into a replica of a Ferrari F1 racing wheel
Xbox,PS4,PS3, and PC
Thrustmaster
TH8A Gearbox Shifter
A Gearbox Shifter to complement a Thrustmaster wheel
PS4,PS3, Xbox and PC
Thrustmaster
VG T3PA-PRO 3
A set of extra pedals. Compatible with the Thrustmaster wheels.
Xbox,PC and PS4
Thrustmaster
TH8A Add-On
A gearbox shifter for the Thrustmaster wheels
Xbox,PC ,PS3 and PS4
Thrustmaster
Wheel Servo Base
A base that allows you to mount all the different Thrustmaster wheels
Xbox and PC
Thrustmaster

You can even buy the seat itself to complete the cockpit. This expensive chair has clamps to put all the Thrustmaster accessories in place.

Conclusion
 

For driving and flight fans, there are a variety of options to make playing their favorite genre all the more immersive. 

 

A wheel, coupled with pedals and a shifter, can make you forget that you are controlling a virtual car instead of a real one. The flying stick is ideal to simulate feeling like a real pilot, and once you get used to it, it makes doing complex maneuvers much more smooth.

Arcade sticks are for people who are interested in making a name for themselves in their local fighting game scene, or for those who grew up in the arcades and feel weird doing quarter forward on an analog´s stick. T

For a more "normal" controller, check our collection on this page. If you want to try another immersive gaming experience, go to our page for VR headsets by clicking this link.