It’s no secret that the DualShock 4’s weak point is its analog sticks. The surfaces are slippery and domed, and the grip material isn’t very durable. Some players also find them to be too stiff. Thumb grips for your PlayStation 4 controller can help with all of that. We’ve highlighted the best options here, from grips designed to give you an edge in first-person shooters to entire collections of grips that can be used for matching your style — or simply protecting the controller from wear and tear.
KontrolFreek Performance for PS4
KontrolFreek’s Performance offers superior grip and security thanks to its clasp-like mounting mechanism and studded surface. Heightened raise also gives you greater control, offering greater accuracy and range of motion.
$17 at Amazon
For FPS Gamers
KontrolFreek FPS Freek Vortex for PS4
Here’s something specifically for those who love playing first-person shooters. These grips vary both in height and surface design — one is concave and the other is domed. This setup helps you lock onto your targets faster.
$17 at Amazon
Insten Silicone Analog Thumb Grips
Insten’s grips are very affordable. At the same time, they also look great and offer a bumpy surface to help keep your thumbs from slipping.
$6 at Amazon
Show Your style
BeautyMood Colorful Thumb Grip Caps
BeautyMood’s collection of silicone thumb grips won’t offer the best control, but you get 40 of them in all. There’s a great variety of colors and styles too, a great boon for customization buffs.
$11 at Amazon
Pandaren Studed Anti-Slip Package
There are four different pairs of grips in Pandaren’s package, each with a distinctive style and design. Mix and match them however you like. Pandaren gets bonus points for the studded controller skin.
$10 at Amazon
A tight grip
Grip-iT Analog Stick Covers
Grip-iT’s analog stick covers have been around for some time, and are usually one of the go-to recommendations when it comes to grips. Thanks to their tight fit on the analog sticks, it makes keeping a tight grip much easier, and their affordable price makes them one of the best buys out there.
$5 at Amazon
Go for the best
There are tons of thumb grips out there to consider, with many of them fitting like loose-fitting socks or not quite getting the “grip” part right. We’re confident that these are the best thumb grips you can buy for your PlayStation 4 controller. KontrolFreek offers the best of the best, though. While pricey, the raised design and tight grip of the KontrolFreek Performance give you all the control and comfort you need, all the while protecting the material on the original analog sticks from wear and tear.
If you’re looking for a cheaper fix, though, then the Insten Silicone Thumb Grips might be your best bet. Not only are they affordable, but they also offer a tactile, bumpy surface on their analog sticks, which provide a better grip for those especially intense moments of gaming.