Buying advice for Switch, PS4 and Xbox



The selection of small kid-friendly controllers is not exactly huge, but you can still find one or the other model for PS4, Xbox One and Series as well as the Nintendo Switch.

Considering how long video games have been a pastime for kids, it’s incredible how few child – sized controllers you can find these days. For those of you who are looking for the right input device for your little ones, we have put together a few tips for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series. First we present you our best recommendations for each console, at the end of the article you will find a small one List of options.

Nintendo switch

Buying Tip: PowerA upgraded wireless nanocontroller

The officially licensed PowerA Nano Controller (right) looks almost like a mini version of the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.






The officially licensed PowerA Nano Controller (right) looks almost like a mini version of the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.

About

  • extra buttons at the bottom
  • good workmanship
  • precise sticks and buttons

disadvantages

  • spongy D-PAD
  • no rumbling
  • no NFC to read amiibos

Price: about 40 to 50 euros

PowerA upgraded nanocontroller at Amazon *

Per controller in Mini: PowerA Nano Controller is it Nintendo Switch Pro controller very similar, all buttons on the front are arranged in the same way as in the prototype. Everything is just one step more compact than the original: the width of the PowerA Nano is about 20 percent smaller than the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, which makes a big difference in practice.

Good buttons, weak control pad: The craftsmanship of the PowerA Nano is not quite as high quality as the Pro Controller, but it is good. All buttons and sticks as well as shoulder buttons and triggers work perfectly and respond very precisely. Only the control pad is a bit spongy. PowerA Nano has two extra buttons on the left and right on the back, which can be programmed with a third button in the middle at the bottom.

Good battery, missing features: PowerA Nano works wirelessly. Battery life is half that of the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller of up to 20 hours, but it’s still pretty good compared to other third-party products. However, the PowerA Nano lacks not only NFC to read Amiibos, but also the engines for the rumble feature. Motion control is included.

PowerA upgraded nanocontroller at Amazon *

PlayStation 4

Buying Tip: Hori Horipad Mini Controller

Horipad Mini manages without handles, but is also slightly smaller than Sony DualShock 4.






Horipad Mini manages without handles, but is also slightly smaller than Sony DualShock 4.

About

  • very precise sticks and buttons
  • very compact shape
  • good control pad

disadvantages

  • no audio output
  • Motion sensor and speakers are missing
  • some loud clicking noises
  • the cable

Price: ca. 30 to 35 euros (varies by color)

Hori Horipad Mini (PS4) at Amazon *

Small not only due to lack of handles: The wired Hori Horipad Mini owes its small size primarily to the complete absence of handles. It is also a bit narrower than the Sony DualShock 4. To save space, significantly smaller buttons are used, which are also quite close to each other. The same goes for the rather narrow trigger and shoulder buttons. If you have big fingers, it is easy to press the wrong button, but the controller is really very compact and easy to grip for small hands.

Some savings: Compared to the DualShock 4, the Horipad Mini has some hidden features: The motion sensor and speaker are missing. There is also no real touchpad, but there is at least one replacement: Swiping on the touchpad can be simulated by pressing the TP button at the bottom and using the analog sticks. The small button at the top takes over the click of the touchpad. As these features are rarely used, this is acceptable. It weighs heavier that the headset connection is also missing.

Good quality: Otherwise, there is not much to complain about with the Horipad Mini. The craft does not appear to be of high quality, but it is very solid and certainly appropriate for the price. The buttons and pins do their job perfectly and work very precisely. The control pad, which is often the weak point of other controllers, does a good job. At most, one could complain that the controller sometimes makes quite loud clicking noises.

Hori Horipad Mini (PS4) at Amazon *

Xbox Series & One

Best Buy: Nacon Pro Compact Xbox controller

The Nacon Pro Compact does not look much smaller than the Microsoft Xbox controller on the surface, but it feels much more compact.






The Nacon Pro Compact does not look much smaller than the Microsoft Xbox controller on the surface, but it feels much more compact.

About

  • good sticks and buttons
  • good build quality
  • App with many setting options
  • short trigger paths for quick firing

disadvantages

  • the cable
  • moderate control pad
  • short trigger paths bad for racing games

Price: about 45 to 50 euros

Nacon Pro Compact Controller (Xbox Series & One) at MediaMarkt *

Less than he looks: The difference in size between the wired Nacon Pro Compact Controller and the normal Xbox controller (according to the manufacturer about 15 percent) is not really noticeable from the outside. But as soon as you hold it in your hand, it seems much smaller due to the narrower shape of the handles and the rest of the housing. The buttons and pins are still the same size, but a few buttons are positioned differently: The sub-button is now at the bottom between the control panel and the right stick, and the start and menu buttons have been moved further out.

Good quality, short trigger paths: The build quality of the Nacon Pro Compact is good, although it does not feel quite as premium as the original from Microsoft. It can match the quality of the pins and buttons, but the directional pad does not feel quite as accurate as the Microsoft Xbox Series controller’s plate-shaped D-Pad. With the triggers, the distances are significantly shorter. This is good for fast firing, but not so good for adjusting the speed of racing games.

Good app: Several settings can be made on the Nacon Pro Compact via the app. As with the standard controller from Microsoft, you can reassign buttons, but you can also adjust the sensitivity of the pins and triggers as with the Microsoft Elite Controller. But even if you take full advantage of the pathways of the triggers, they still remain relatively short. With a small switch on the back, you can quickly switch between the preset and an individual profile.

Nacon Pro Compact Controller (Xbox Series & One) at MediaMarkt *

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alternatives

Nintendo switch

For the Nintendo Switch, the selection of kid-friendly controllers is relatively good.  From left to right: 8bitdo SN30 Pro, Horipad Mini and Kingear controller.






For the Nintendo Switch, the selection of kid-friendly controllers is relatively good. From left to right: 8bitdo SN30 Pro, Horipad Mini and Kingear controller.

If you do not like PowerA Nano, you will find a wide range of alternatives to the Switch that are good for children. For example, there is the Horipad Mini, which in the Switch version has a slightly different shape than the PS4 version described above, but is similar in quality. There are also good controllers from 8bitdo, which are well suited for small hands due to the lack of handles. Finally, you can get a whole range of cute animal-themed switch controllers, such as the Kingear model:

PlayStation 4

The Nacon Compact PS4 controller (left) is one of the few alternatives to the PS4.






The Nacon Compact PS4 controller (left) is one of the few alternatives to the PS4.

The PS4 has few alternatives when it comes to small controllers, and since the console has since been replaced by the PS5, the choice will only get worse in the future. The Nacon Compact PS4 controller is at least a little less wide than the DualShock 4, the relatively large and snug-fitting buttons are easier for small hands to reach. Otherwise, only unlicensed controllers from unknown brands are available, but we do not want to set our hands on fire for their quality.

Nacon Compact PS4 controller (approx. 40 to 45 €) *

Xbox One and Xbox Series

Available in white, black, and red, the Hyperkin X91 is one of the few smaller hands-free Xbox controllers still readily available.






Available in white, black and red, the Hyperkin X91 is one of the few smaller hands-free Xbox controllers still available.

The officially licensed Hyperkin X91 controller is a compact alternative as it has only very small handles. But since the wired controller costs about the same as Microsoft’s wireless Xbox controller for around 60 euros, it’s not the best value for money. Otherwise, it looks bad on the Xbox with alternatives. Theoretically, it still exists PowerA wired minicontroller for Xbox One, but in practice this is almost impossible to get elsewhere.

Hyperkin X91 Xbox One Controller (approx. 60 €) at Amazon *

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