Bluetooth Controller is crucial in VR as not all headsets come with a dedicated controller especially smartphone powered VR Headsets.
The reason we all love the Vive or the Oculus Rift is because of the controllers and their ease of use. The controllers make everything in VR really interactive and immersive.
You can pick up objects in VR, press the elevator buttons and do a lot of things that make you feel like you are inside the VR game interacting with the environment around you.
The design of the controllers on the Oculus Rift and the Vive makes using them way easier since they are ergonomic and very comfortable to use for long gaming sessions.
Coming back to using Bluetooth controllers, if you are using a VR headset like the Merge VR or Homido headset, basically any smartphone based VR headset, you do need a Bluetooth controller.
Games just get more immersive in VR when you use a Bluetooth controller and since you are going to be pairing them with your phone, you have different controllers for Android and iPhones.
We would be covering Bluetooth controllers for both types of phones so do read up the entire post in order to find a controller that best suits your needs.
1. SteelSeries Stratus XL
SteelSeries Stratus is a pretty amazing Bluetooth controller and it comes top on our list because of the quality of the controller. It looks very similar to the controller for X-Box One, including the controls.
You have a Nimbus series for all the iPhone users so yes, the company does have controllers that are compatible with both Android phones and iPhones.
The controller can be easily paired with your phone and the battery life is just amazing. You get around 40 hours of battery life and it rechargeable as well.
This controller is our top recommendation as it goes well with many VR games out there and it is really comfortable for long gaming sessions.
Do check out the controller and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
2. GameSir G3s Controller
This controller from GameSir is probably one of my favorites, I have been using this controller for quite some time with my Android phone and it has made VR gaming so much better.
I even use the attachment that it comes with so that I could connect my phone and get started with playing a game when I’m not wearing my VR headset.
Overall, the battery life, durability, and design of the controller are really impressive and there is a different GamSir controller model for iPhones which works pretty well too.
The GameSir G3s controller gives a really nice premium feel and is made up of really good quality plastic making it our second favorite on the list.
The controller comes with a built-in rechargeable battery so you do not have to run out for batteries all the time like many other controllers.
Now, using this with your phone while in VR is really easy as all you need to do is connect the controller with the phone and pop your phone inside a VR headset and get started.
3. MOGA Controllers
The Moga Series of controllers are pretty impressive and affordable. They have controllers for Andoird Phones and iPhones so you can choose the one that suits your needs.
The Moga comes with different series of controllers but overall, all of them are impressive considering how well they perform during gaming sessions.
The Moga controllers are affordable with all the features that you would be expecting from a high-quality gaming controller.
Overall, we loved how well the Moga controllers worked with VR games and if you are looking for a controller that comes with a great price/feature balance then the Moga controllers are something that we would definitely recommend.
The controller though would feel like its made up of average quality plastic unlike the controllers mentioned above but overall, considering what you get for the price, I did not find any deal breakers.
4. Samsung Smartphone Gamepad
This gamepad from Samsung seems to be perfect for Samsung Galaxy phones, so if you are using the Gear VR then this controller would work pretty well with your Samsung phones.
The controller is smaller in size in comparison to most of the controllers out there but that did not seem to be a problem for me since I have small hands.
But for someone with huge hands, it is a problem and you should consider other controllers mentioned in the list.
Apart from the size, the controller felt really easy to use and there were no issues that we particularly faced with the controller. Though the price point felt a bit too much especially when you can get better controllers for less.
If you are looking for a controller that is specific to the Galaxy series then do consider this controller.
5. CooCeer Wireless Controller
CooCeer Wireless Controller is probably one of the best controllers for iPhones. If you have an iPhone that you are using with your VR headset then you can go for this controller.
It comes with all the functions that you would need in order to get started with playing a game in VR. The experience with this controller makes a VR game completely immersive and you are surely going to love the built-in phone bracket.
This gives you the freedom to use the controller even when you are not playing a game in VR. The battery life is 12 hours which is pretty decent in comparison to other phones.
6. IPEGA Wireless Controller
IPEGA is an affordable range of wireless controller and if you are looking for something that is just going to get you through some really long gaming sessions then you could go for this one.
Since it is affordable, you can use it rough and with all the features that come with it, it is no less than the controllers mentioned above in the list.
However, you might want to check out the controller model depending on your phone, which is Andoird or iPhone. They have controllers for both the phones and hence you should check that once before making your purchase.
7. Beboncool Controller
Now, this is one controller that is really loved on Amazon and from the loos of it, it is pocket-friendly as well. The controller looks pretty similar to the Moga controllers that we have mentioned above.
The number of ratings on Amazon speaks for itself, making this controller one of the best that we could recommend. Although the controller comes with some amazing features, you are going to find the plastic a bit cheaply made.
Overall, considering the price and everything that you get with this controller, it is a good buy.
So these are all our recommendations, in the case you think we have missed out to mention an amazing controller, do let us know in the comments below!
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