These are the best gaming controllers for the NVIDIA Shield TV

By | 13th September 2018

The NVIDIA Shield TV is the best Android box for gamers, with so many great ways to play the best games from the Google Play Store as well as PC games streamed through NVIDIA's GeForce NOW service. If you want a couple extra controllers for some couch multiplayer, you'll be happy to know that alongside its own excellent controller, the NVIDIA Shield TV offers Bluetooth support for other great gaming controllers.

Specially designed by NVIDIA

NVIDIA Shield Controller

The NVIDIA Shield controller is designed to take full advantage of all that the NVIDIA Shield can do, with a built-in microphone for Google Assistant and a headphone jack along with dedicated volume and Android system controls. Unlike other controller options, it connects via Wi-Fi so there are no latency issues to contend with.

$60 at Amazon

Microsoft's best

Xbox One Controller

The Xbox One controller can be connected to the Shield via Bluetooth. This iconic controller is available in a wide range of colors and styles and is a great option if you already own an Xbox One console. Uses AA batteries unless you also buy a Play and Charge kit for an extra $25.

$50 at Amazon

Best option for Sony fanboys

DualShock 4 Wireless Controller

Sony's wireless controller for the PlayStation 4 can also be connected to the NVIDIA Shield. Put the controller into pairing mode and it should come up as an available Bluetooth accessory in the Shield settings. Powered by rechargeable internal battery and comes with charging cable.

$45 at Amazon

A great controller for Android

SteelSeries Stratus XL

The Stratus XL is our favorite Bluetooth controller for Android, so it absolutely deserves a mention as a great accessory for our favorite Android streaming box. It has dedicated controls for controlling Android devices and pairs up quickly and reliably. Requires AA batteries.

$43 at Amazon

The NVIDIA Shield offers support for third-party controllers, but the best option is still going to be the NVIDIA Shield Controller ($60). It's the priciest option on the list but it's designed to work seamlessly with full support for the headphones, Google Assistant, and convenient volume control. Of course, if you prefer the look and feel (and price) of an Xbox or PS4 controller, you can conveniently pair those, too.