The Backbone adds console-quality thumbsticks, buttons, triggers, and a D-pad to your iPhone. The controller cradles your phone and connects via the Lightning port for lag-free input, and it’s perfect for game streaming services. For a limited time, new members can grab a free 3 mo. subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Italy’s Enth Creations builds these unique handmade game controllers from Iroko wood, a dense African timber. They feature authentic Sanwa arcade joysticks and buttons set into custom-cut plexiglass and 3D-printed PLA bezels. They also make all-button hitboxes for fighting games.
LEDclaw makes all kinds of geeky lights, including this wall light inspired by game controllers. The 20″ wide light is made from wood and cast acrylic and backlit with colorful LEDs. The design is based on the Xbox controller, though the buttons and thumbstick have been reversed. And that’s an upside-down Dreamcast logo on top.
Joystick-based controllers are great for casual gamers, but hardcore players prefer a mouse and keyboard for precise control. Tech Yesterday shows off a custom-made gamepad with a thumb-driven optical sensor to bring mouse-like precision to a handheld controller thanks to a miniature optical circuit. (Thanks, Lambert!)
Powered by an internal Raspberry Pi 3B+, this 2-player gaming system comes with arcade joysticks, buttons, and a trackball, as well as over 100 licensed games from Atari. It includes arcade classics like Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Command, along with games from the Atari 2600, 5200, and 7800 home consoles.
Like the Phantom Black controller, Microsoft’s latest controller features a semi-translucent shell, which allows you to see the components inside. It has a textured grip, remappable buttons, and wireless connectivity. Compatible with all Xbox One consoles and Windows 10.
Play today’s latest games in retro style with these awesome Nintendo-inspired game controllers. They work via Bluetooth with Windows, Mac or PS3, and the included Retro Receiver lets you play the original Nintendo and Super Nintendo consoles wirelessly.
Turn any PC or Mac into a retro arcade system with Rec Room Masters‘ Xtension control board. It packs arcade-grade buttons and joysticks for 2 players, a trackball, and 10 LED menu buttons. Preconfigured for MAME. Also available in classic game color schemes.
For those of you who don’t have that awesome poster from Pop Chart Labs, here’s another way to recall some of the greatest – and oddest – video game controllers which have kept us playing our video games since their earliest days, courtesy of Super Deluxe.