Call it how you like: controller, gamepad... There are many different controllers with different shapes. They are used in consoles, but some of us also like using them in PC gaming. Many controller have been designed also with PC in mind.

  • Fast feeling in action games, or in driving and sport games.
  • Most game have a fully integrated controller support on PC
  • Compact, easy to use, smaller 'footprint' for a controller than keyboard/mouse
  • Controller rests in your hand or on knee, very unobtrusive to play

  • They are pretty bad for some games like FPS and completely useless in RTS and similar games
  • Some controllers feel cheap in the hand
  • Controller is more easily broken, expensive to replace




Controller it is. I find it very difficult to use keyboard in playing games, but with controller I am comfortable. It is easier to operate and understand than the others.
Posted by Anonymous on 07-21-2017

Controllers feel great in my hands

The choice here all boils down to what games you want to play. If you're into FPS games, then you'll probably pick the keyboard and mouse. If you're into fighting games, then you'll probably choose the controller.

However, I think the controller is more flexible than the keyboard and mouse. It's a lot easier to play any game using a controller than using a keyboard and mouse.

I tried playing a fighting game using the keyboard and I got cramps. Same with playing NBA 2k with the keyboard, and also a couple of racing games.

The controller wins here IMO.

Posted by limberg on 07-25-2017

controller works better for me

I enjoy using controllers over a keyboard and mouse for gaming. eventhough my typing skills are faster, I've ben using controllers to play games since the 90s and that what I'm more comfortable at using.
Posted by kamar19 on 07-20-2017

Controllers are better.

Doing things with a keyboard and mouse, as far as games are concerned, is too weird. I'm simply too used to a controller. Also, I don't think I could get used to a keyboard and mouse for games. However, though, for certain games, like say chess, there could be an exception.
Posted by jyy on 10-24-2017

So easy to decide

I don't even have to think twice to answer this: controller, of course! Simply because the "simple" fact of the controls are always more practical than the combination "keyboard and mouse". Plus, they are more comfortable to hold.
Posted by WildSpirit on 07-22-2017

Controller is more comfortable

Controllers are more versatile and precise, besides their design are way easier to have in you hands than a keyboard and mouse, also you can connect your controller to your pc.
Posted by StolenKid on 07-20-2017


The times that I have played with a mouse and keyboard it's been complicated for me, that's why I usually don't like playing games on my PC. I rather the controller cause I feel I can do better things with it, have more control of my movements and be more precise at the time of playing.
Posted by reginafalange on 07-21-2017


I like to play in both, but I am not good enough with the keyboard and the mouse, I am better with the controllers, I love to play in my PlayStation 3 and with my PC, but if I want to play a game in my PC I connect my controllers because it is better, they are more comfortable.
Posted by BatmanWayne on 07-21-2017

Controller is better

Me myself, I use controller, well I prefer Controller for many reasons one of these reasons is that if I am playing for example GTA, I can move the cars in a real way, like I can control it I can move slowly or I can drive it fast..also controllers comfort me.
Posted by Moaz on 07-20-2017

Comfort Over Accuracy

I suspect this will be an unpopular opinion, but having grown up with the console industry I have a deep, abiding affection for controllers. I don't deny for a second that they are inaccurate devices compared to the keyboard and mouse combo. We even have objective data that shows this fairly conclusively. But nothing beats the comfort of sitting back with a controller in your lap and enjoying a gaming session.
Posted by JaiGuru on 07-20-2017


A controller is way more better than a mouse and a keyboard. Its difficult to adapt to the keys on a keyboard plus you also have to use the mouse at the same time, but if you have a controller is easy.Another advantage of controllers is that there are some wireless controllers so you can be any where you want when playing.
Posted by yishak1412 on 08-15-2017

Controller all the way!

Pretty much every game that comes out on the PC is a console port and is made for a controller and the keyboard and mouse controls are very sloppy. I know a lot of people still try and say "PC is the master race" and that couldn't be further from the truth. Consoles make 10 times more money then PC gaming and games are going to continue to be developed on consoles until PC games outsell console games. Which is never going to happen!

P.S. I will choose a controller over keyboard and mouse every time!

Posted by Soulwatcher on 08-22-2017


I would have to choose controllers for most games like First person and Third Person Shooter games as well as Fighting games and Racing games. But when it comes to RPG, I'll have to admit that the best is still the keyboard and mouse.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 06-12-2018


Keyboard and mouse

Keyboard and mouse
If you have a computer you'll also have a keyboard and a mouse, and if you play videogames you'll probably use them a lot! They are everyday items for a computer user, but for gamers they can be more.

  • Excellent aim in FPS, and in most game you can rebind the controls as you like
  • Faster response time, more precise control than a 'controller' provides
  • Keyboard/Mouse is fairly cheap to replace

  • Sometime the keyboard controls are pretty bad, expecially in ported games
  • Keyboards/mouse take up lots of room on your desk, big footprint
  • Gaming with a laptop (keyboard) puts your hands in a more awkward position
  • Use of a mouse is awkward sometimes if you have to multi task with your hands
  • Using pop up menus for lack of buttons, a definite minus
  • Could be awkward to use the WASD keys if you've only ever used a controller



More options

I feel like I have a lot more options, as well as a lot more control with the keyboard and mouse. I'm sure there are modifiers for controllers as well, but I guess I'm just accustomed to this set up.

It's comfortable for me, and I can make changes easily if needed. There are mods or addons that also help make the keyboard and mouse set up quite efficient.

Posted by Zyni on 07-20-2017

100% better!

I do sometimes use the controller but only for very specific games such as racing or sports... otherwise, I always use keyboard and mouse.

For the type of genre of games that are my favorite, RPG and FPS, the keyboard and a mouse is best and most optimal choice. I absolutely hate playing FPS games with a controller... the aiming is much more accurate and very fast if you simply use the mouse! It gives you a better feel of where your aim will actually land.

Mouse and keyboard offer far more customization in terms of overall controls as well.

I feel more comfortable using these two! And I have been using them for years and years now. I wish that I could also use it on the console but hey, we can't have it all :)

Posted by Mehano on 07-21-2017
Jonathan Solomon

I support keyboard and mouse!

Though I wasn't always like this. I started off as a console gamer growing up as a kid. So I was always used to have some sort of joystick or analog controller in my hands at all times. PC gaming came in my later years as a teen. Now that I've built my gaming PC machine from the ground up, I can thoroughly say I'm a supporter of keyboard and mouse versus the conventional controller.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 07-20-2017

Keyboard and Mouse

I mostly play PC games and I prefer using a keyboard and mouse rather than a controller because it's just what I'm used to and I feel more comfortable with them than with a controller. It's also more convenient for me to switch between my game and doing other things on my computer.
Posted by lilac123 on 07-20-2017

Keyboard and Mouse Less Costly

When you are on low budget and have no options for buying the controller and console. In such case you'd find much value out of the keyboard and mouse. As you can see it can surely make some sense to have the less expenses on that. I'd prefer the keyboard and mouse for same reason. I don't want to waste my money on console and controllers.
Posted by overcast on 07-20-2017

Keyboard and mouse

When I'm playing PC gaming I prefer to play using my mouse or keyboard. Sometimes I use a controller but it seems much easier for me using the mouse when I'm in the front of PC.
Posted by wallet on 07-20-2017

Keyboard and mouse

I just couldn't decide because both things are tools to play in different consoles and each one has a purpose and utility. Even though all this things, I rather to use a Keyboard and a Mouse, I feel more free, and I also love to play using them. I have to admit that I can enjoy a lot using controls too.
Posted by luispas on 07-22-2017

Keyboard Baby

I prefer the keyboard it's simply amazing first off when I began playing computer games we mostly used keyboard and mouse so when the controllers fame in it felt awkward so awkward that I couldn't use the controller for PC but I could use it to play games on consoles which was another good thing, it's been years now and keyboard gives me good control when playing games using the mouse as a shooting comtol and camera controller it's like my two.hands are awesome and they help me build the use of my weak hands I'm a right hander so using the keyboard helps keep use my left hands often.
Posted by Westbay on 07-23-2017

The keyboard and mouse are better

The keyboard and mouse have become very popular lately, I always prefer it above the control, the control can be comfortable in some games, but nothing like the fidelity of a keyboard and the accuracy of a mouse.
Posted by Deathisue on 07-20-2017

Keyboard and mouse all the way!

Despite that ported games would have bad controls on PC without the use of a controller, I have to say that there are a lot more possibilities with the use of the keyboard and the mouse and most games allow the adjustments of controls to suit one's preference, whether the player is used to playing with WASD or arrow keys. In keyboard, there are programs that allow the binding of keys to make shortcuts for commands and I find this feature to be very convenient for me.
Posted by giovanniiiii on 07-20-2017

Keyboard and mouse

I only use keyboard and mouse mainly because I have become so used to it. It would be such a hassle to start all over again, especially in the games that I've become pretty good at. Another reason is that I don't own any console at the moment, and most Pc games are more optimized for mouse and keyboard.
Posted by Inqogn1to on 07-26-2017

Keyboard and Mouse

I am a MOBA and FPS player. I find that using keyboard and mouse makes it easier for me to perform and complete my games compared to the controller. I am already used to this way of playing games.
Posted by fishmonk on 08-08-2017

PC games

As many have said it all comes down to what games are being played. Many games that I prefer to play are just more intuitive on keyboard and mouse. And having played with it for so long, I am not used to nor good at using controllers.
Posted by wmarvell on 08-17-2017

Keyboard and Mouse

It is easier to use keyboard and mouse for playing. I am feel more comfortable in using keyboard and mouse than using game controller. Also, it is much convenient to use as it can be used for computer uses unlike game controls that can only be used for gaming.
Posted by ajahcuizon on 12-08-2018


There is nothing that can match playing games with a controller in hand. The feel, hold, coordination and the fun element is just so perfect with a remote control. Though PC provides multiple gaming options as well but the fun associated in playing with mouse or keyboard is far less than that with a controller.
Posted by amitkokiladitya on 07-20-2017
I play most of my games on my computer so I prefer the keyboard and mouse it works for me and the games that I play. I am not a big time gamer. I mostly plays games on my tablet so I really don't even need a mouse or keyboard. I was never one to play games the required a controller.
Posted by Sue on 07-20-2017
A real way of playing games would be with a controller. I do not play games often.
Posted by simplym on 07-20-2017
It depends on the game, I don't think I can play Dota 2 with my controller. I use controller when I'm playing NBA 2K, then keyboard and mouse for the rest of the games, Dota 2, CS:GO and etc.
Posted by BeardedMamba on 07-21-2017
I have stopped playing games on my computer for a very long time and I don't really use a mouse and keyboard nowadays. I got my first PlayStation at the age of twelve and it was a gift from my dad for passing my exams. Ever since I have been playing most games on the PlayStation only and I now have a PlayStation three. I am so used to play games on the PlayStation that I find it difficult to play games on the PC now. I have also kept all my games and my previous PlayStation well as they hold great memories. Unfortunately, I don't have enough time to play games now due to my hectic job.
Posted by Pixie on 07-21-2017
Although I do not play very often, I prefer to use the keyboard, because I simply find it more practical.
Posted by hermessantos on 07-24-2017
It really depends on the game you are playing. When I am playing FPS type games I use mouse and controller but If I am playing sports games like NBA 2k I prefer controller because it is much easier to control.
Posted by jian019 on 08-26-2017
i prefer the keyboard and mouse when I play games especially Aa I play on my laptop. I think with these two it easy for me to navigate,turn and twist the way I like.These two tools are cheaper and replaceable and easily put together if there are faulty.
Posted by lovely on 12-14-2017
In one discussion, I have professed my choice of the keyboard and mouse over gaming controllers. I admit that I am not into gaming software but a nephew is into it and some relatives too. My point in the keyboard and mouse is that they are essential attachments to a computer while the console or controller is not needed when you are using the computer for other means than gaming.
Posted by Corzhens on 03-10-2018
I prefer to use keyboard and mouse in this generation because it's more comfortable for me though it has more cons than controllers. But it depends on the type of games because there are games that can be suitable for controllers but there are game that aren't and much better played with keyboard and mouse. For me, the best use of controllers is for fighting or combat type of games as well as first person shooting game or any games like NBA.
Posted by mitan143 on 09-28-2018