One of the joys of playing PSP games through PPSSPP is getting to use whatever control method you want. The default keyboard setup works fine, but to really capture that authentic handheld experience you need a proper gamepad.
That’s why I’ve tested and reviewed the top control options to help you find the best fit for your PPSSPP gaming needs. Say goodbye to cramped hands and accidental button presses! With the right controller, you can enjoy Sony’s portable classics to their fullest.
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Below I’ll cover different categories of gamepads, highlights pros and cons, and provide specific recommendations. Time to transform your PSP emulation experience with superior controls – let’s dive in!
What To Consider in a PPSSPP Controller
Before getting to the top picks, here are some key factors to keep in mind while choosing a PPSSPP controller:
Layout – Having a button mapping similar to the original PSP will make jumping into games intuitive. But full customization is ideal.
Ergonomics– Comfort is king, especially for long PPSSPP gaming sessions. Contoured grips are a must.
Responsiveness– Precise control is crucial in fast-paced PSP titles. Look for tactile buttons and quality sticks/d-pads.
Extra Features– Touchpads, gyro, vibration feedback and other bonuses can enrich certain games.
Wired vs Wireless– Both have pros and cons to weigh. Wireless offers more freedom, wired eliminates latency concerns.
Best All-Around Controllers for PPSSPP
For an all-purpose controller that works great across any PSP genre, these are my top picks:
Sony DualShock 4
The PS4’s iconic controller tops the list with its stellar ergonomics, responsive controls, and intuitive layout. With some button remapping, it mirrors the PSP beautifully while adding modern improvements like a touchpad and headphone jack. The tactile, separated directional buttons excel in fighting games and platformers requiring precision. For an option ready out of the box, it’s hard to beat the DualShock 4.
8BitDo SN30 Pro+
This retro-inspired controller modernizes the classic SNES gamepad with handles, extra buttons, sticks, vibration – you name it. The SN30 Pro+ is extremely comfortable and customizable. Its outstanding d-pad makes it fantastic for fighting and 2D action games demanding accurate inputs. For both form and function, the SN30 Pro+ is an excellent pick.
Xbox Wireless Controller
Microsoft’s controller offers a great ergonomic shape complete with textured grips, responsive triggers, and clicky face buttons. The Xbox Accessories app provides extensive customization like full remapping. Low latency wireless and Bluetooth support give you flexibility. If you already own an Xbox gamepad, it integrates into PPSSPP gaming beautifully.
Specialized Picks for Genres
Here are some genre-specific controllers to look at for tailored PPSSPP experiences:
Fighting Games – Arcade Stick
Get true arcade accuracy in fighters like Tekken, Street Fighter, and Soul Calibur with an arcade stick. The tactile micro-switches and authentic layout allow fast, precise combo execution. Popular picks are the Mayflash F500 and Qanba Drone.
Racers and Vehicular Combat – Racing Wheel
For games like Wipeout and MotorStorm, a racing wheel setup can provide super immersive handling. The force feedback also helps convey traction, collisions and gear shifts. Check out the Logitech G29 or Thrustmaster T150 for quality affordable options.
First-Person Shooters – Mouse and Keyboard
For PSP classics like Coded Arms, mouse aiming provides a big leg up. Use a keyboard with extensive remapping like the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog for ultimate FPS control. Dedicated gaming keypads like the Razer Tartarus are also great.
Third-Person Action/Adventure – PS Vita
For a truly native PSP feel, use an actual Vita handheld as a PPSSPP controller! With the touch pads standing in for the analog nub and screen mapped buttons, it works shockingly well. Plus the form factor helps complete the PSP gaming nostalgia trip.
And there you have it – everything you need to know to pick the ideal control method for your favorite PSP classics on PPSSPP. I hope these recommendations help you find a controller tailored exactly to the genres and games you play most.
Personally, I suggest keeping multiple options on hand. Switch between an arcade stick for some Street Fighter Alpha 3, then grab the Xbox controller for GTA – variety is the spice of (emulated) life! Let me know which controller you use for PPSSPP and your experiences down below! I’m always looking for new options to enhance my portable PSP gaming.
Now get out there and experience the amazing PSP library with controls that do it justice. Those virtual monsters in Monster Hunter Freedom Unite won’t hunt themselves