best and cheapest controlers for best gaming on pc are console controllers. both are good ,maybe x360 more for bigger hands . and in some ways its more comfy,but PS3 controller have bonus that u no need nothing else to buy ..just connect it to pc by usb cable..done its working. specialy if u play or playe dgames earlier with console so to play them with same controller again on pc is best way .
I use my keyboard, although I'm debating getting Motion Joy in order to use my PS3 controller.
Honestly, I only like certain games with a controller, and as a fellow indie dev, I can tell you right now that you need to make sure to test both the keyboard and controller layouts -- Quantum Conundrum didn't do that and it backfired for the PC version because the keyboard layout was horrible.
If it's going to be more in the vague area between inFamous, Dragon's Dogma, or DmC, then I might use a controller, but otherwise I won't really care. I was brought into gaming by Windows 95, so I have no such nostaglia "boners".
Really I have a pretty good idea how I want to do input for the game and allow the player to make several configuration profiles for the game depending on what devices they use. Mainly I just needed to see if like, by some odd chance, most controllers came with four less buttons than a standard XBOX or PS3 controller.
...dude, a glance at Amazon could easily confirm that most PC controllers have the same buttons. The only things that wouldn't would be joysticks, and outside of flight simulators, what are those good for anymore?
Depends on the game: Any Platformer: Logitech F310 Gamepad Shooters: Logitech F310 Gamepad First Person and Third Person games: Keyboard and Mouse Topdown games: Keyboard and mouse
However one of these days I am DEFINITELY buying one of those joystick/keypad hybrid things to replace using a keyboard, but still use the mouse. I just can't stand using four fucking buttons ALONE to move and there is a lot of margin for fuck ups when I play faster paced stuff. I still on occasion hit the wrong key when trying to use grenades or something and it's just...goddamn uncomfortable. ;-;
It depends on the game I want to play, if it's a first person or an MMO type game, I would use the mouse and keyboard. For anything else I use the wireless Xbox 360 controller with the help of the wireless receiver to make it work.