At some point, even if you’re mostly into single-player titles, you’ll need a second controller or a backup. It’s convenient to have an extra controller to swap to when the battery runs low in your primary one. It can also be more comfortable when you’ve been gaming for a while and the grips are warm. There’s also an argument to be made for local multiplayer sessions, and you’ll need an extra controller or two to partake with friends. The problem, however, is that controllers are expensive, even more so for the newer consoles — PS5 and Xbox Series X and S. There are plenty of alternatives, but they don’t always match up when compared to the official designs. So it’s always a great idea to look for active deals on both new and pre-owned controllers. We’ve compiled some of the best available, which you can check out below, or you can browse GameStop’s new and pre-owned controller catalog for more.

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  • Best PlayStation controller deals
  • Best Xbox controller deals
  • Best Nintendo controller deals
  • Best non-official controller deals

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Best PlayStation controller deals

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As you may know, the standard price for a new PS5 controller is $70, which GameStop certainly offers. However, you can save some money by grabbing a pre-owned controller — you’ll also earn a $10 reward if you’re a PowerUp Rewards Pro member. Some of the best pre-owned PS5 controller deals are:

  • Pre-Owned PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller in White — now $50, was $69
  • Pre-Owned PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller in Nova Pink — now $60, was $74
  • Pre-Owned PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller in Midnight Black — now $60, was $69
  • Pre-Owned PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller in Cosmic Red — now $65, was $74

It’s the same case with PS4 controllers where the pre-owned versions can save you some money, which you can either stow away or invest in new games. Bear in mind, there are a lot of PS4 DualShock wireless controller variants, including black, crystal, berry blue, camo red, and more. Be sure to check out some of the other styles, because you can certainly find something unique.

  • Pre-Owned PS4 DualShock 4 Wireless Controller — now $53, was $65

Best Xbox controller deals

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Offering some of the best variety of any console controller, Xbox controllers come in a huge selection of styles, both official and otherwise. Xbox controllers also work great on PC, not just Microsoft’s consoles. Here are some of the best Xbox controller deals, with pre-owned models saving you a bit of money, as expected, but there are some new deals in there too:

  • New Microsoft Xbox Series X Wireless Controller in Carbon Black — now $49, was $60
  • Pre-Owned Microsoft Xbox Series X Wireless Controller in Carbon Black — now $44, was $55
  • Refurbished Microsoft Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 — now $125, was $180
  • Pre-Owned Microsoft Wireless Controller for Xbox Series X 20th Anniversary Special Edition — now $65, was $70
  • Pre-Owned Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller — now $37, was $50

Best Nintendo controller deals

microsoft, need a backup controller? here are the best gaming controller deals

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New Nintendo Switch Pro controllers will normally cost you $70, while a pair of Joy-Cons is $80 — though you can buy them separately for $40. Buying pre-owned models is going to save you some money, including on special edition and custom controllers like those featuring The Legend of Zelda theme. Here are the best deals on Nintendo Switch controllers:

  • Pre-Owned Nintendo Switch Wireless Pro Controller in Black — now $55, was $70
  • Pre-Owned Nintendo Switch Joy-Con (L) Wireless Controller with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword theme — now $35, was $40
  • Pre-Owned Nintendo Switch Joy-Con (R) Wireless Controller with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword theme — now $35, was $40
  • Pre-Owned Nintendo Switch Joy-Con (R) Neon Red Wireless Controller — now $35, was $40
  • Pre-Owned Nintendo Switch Joy-Con (L) Neon Blue Wireless Controller — now $35, was $40

Best non-official controller deals

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Through the years, we’ve also seen lots of aftermarket controllers made by brands other than Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. Here are some of the better deals in that category. For example, you can pre-order various limited edition Xbox controllers, starting with the Stormtrooper variant.

  • Pre-Owned PS4 Mini Wired Gamepad — now $30
  • New Razer Limited Edition Stormtrooper Wireless Xbox Controller and Quick Charging Stand — now $200
  • New PowerA Spectra Infinity Enhanced Wireless Controller for Xbox Series X — now $40, was $45
  • New PDP Afterglow Deluxe Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch — now $38, was $50
  • New Hori Split Pad Pro Controller for Nintendo Switch — now $45, was $50

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