So, you want to break out your PlayStation 1 or PlayStation 2 for some retro gaming goodness, but wish to keep some of the modern conveniences we take for granted. Using wireless controllers on PS1 and PS2 doesn’t have to be a hassle, but there are a few ways to go about it. We’ve detailed the two best ways we’ve found to bring wireless controllers to the PS1 and PS2 below.

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If you want to go a little cheaper for your wireless solution, you can get third-party wireless controllers that work with the PS1 and PS2. One of the more popular (and less expensive) controllers on Amazon is the Blue Lake Performance Twin Shock for PS2. It gets good reviews, but I’d be wary.

With the Brook adapter, you get the benefit of actually getting to use original Sony controllers. When you go full third-party for the controller and adapter, though, it’s the wild west. You’ll find widely varying quality and reliability among the enormous amount of third-party wireless PS2 controllers.

A modern third-party controller might be worth checking out, but you’re best off skipping the models that were around during the times the PS1 and PS2 were released. It’s possible there were some decent wireless controllers around in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but I don’t remember any. Those were the days when third-party controllers were pretty much only fit for the kid you didn’t really like to use.

Not only were third-party controllers almost as a whole a lot less reliable when the PS1 and PS2 were new, but they’ve also almost certainly degraded sitting in whatever warehouse and closet they’ve been for the last decade or two.

What’s the Best Wireless Controller for PS1 and PS2?

I personally prefer the Brook USB adapter paired with a DualShock 3 for playing on PS1 and PS2. I don’t think any third-party controller beats the reliability and feel of an OEM Sony controller.

The combo above might cost a bit more than a generic wireless controller and dongle, but it has more utility and is a lot more likely to serve you without issue for years to come.

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