Looking to invite friends over for a multiplayer session on your Amazon Fire TV but not sure what controllers are compatible? We've got you covered. Whether you have a first- or second-generation Fire TV, a 4K Fire TV dongle, or the new Fire TV Cube there is a variety of Bluetooth and wired game controllers worth checking out.
Thankfully if you already play games, you probably have at least one of these on hand already. Fire TV doesn't have a dedicated controller, so even an Xbox or PlayStation model will suffice.
The best game controllers for Amazon Fire TV
Sony's DualSense Bluetooth Controller is a great option that's compatible with your Amazon Fire TV. It's quick to pair—simply go into the Amazon Fire TV's Bluetooth controller settings, then hold down the Create and PS button on the DualSense controller to start the pairing. In addition to PS5 and Fire TV, it's also compatible with Windows for PC gaming.
If you don't already have a PS5, then grabbing your old PS4 DualShock controller is an entirely viable option for Amazon Fire TV. It connects the same way through Bluetooth and it's compatible with a number of devices like mobile and PC as well. It may not be as advanced at the DualSense, but it gets the job done.
Xbox Wireless Controller
One of the great things about the Xbox Wireless controller is that it works with basically anything that has Bluetooth. Plus, it has a great look and feel that can stand up to hours of gaming. You can use batteries or pick up a rechargeable battery pack. It's that kind of versatility that can keep you in the game.
SteelSeries Stratus XL
Stock up on AAs
The SteelSeries Stratus XL is a great controller that works on your Windows PC, Android phone, and Amazon Fire TV. SteelSeries basically took the best features from the DualShock and Xbox 360 controllers and combined them to create the Stratus XL. It connects via Bluetooth and plays for up to 40 hours on two AA batteries. It's perfectly weighted and has been designed to fit comfortably in your hands for marathon gaming sessions.
SaharaMicro Wireless Game Controller
Get your racing on
This controller looks like it's ready to take off down the track. Not only is it rechargeable, the auto-off feature helps you save juice when you're away from the game. When you sit back down and hit the home button, it reconnects and you're ready to go again. If you don't want to spend money on a Microsoft or Sony controller, this is the affordable option for you.
PL-608 Mini Bluetooth Gamepad
Best on the go
If you're on the go a lot, the PL-608 mini Bluetooth controller might be for you. At just 36mm x 75mm x 17mm it can easily slip into your bag or even your pocket while you're on the go. The built-in battery is rechargeable with the included micro-USB cable. This is definitely a tiny little controller, so it may not be the most comfortable, but you can't beat the portability!
Keep gaming on your Amazon Fire TV
It's tough to tell if Amazon even wants you to game on your Amazon Fire TV, but you sure can with the right accessories. It used to offer an official Amazon Fire Gaming controller, but that's essentially been discontinued. Amazon also seemingly scrubbed any help and how-to articles about pairing Bluetooth controllers from the Fire TV support page, but you should be able to get any of the controllers on our list to pair via Bluetooth. Gamers will always find a way.
Chances are, you might already have an older DualShock or Xbox controller kicking around your house to try out, or you could try and seek out a cheaper used version at a local gaming shop. Otherwise, our top recommendation is the SteelSeries Stratus XL because it has the classic layout that you're looking for in a gaming controller, long battery life, and it's great beyond the FireTV. You can pair this up with just about any device, including your Android gaming phone, and use it there too. It's really a great solution no matter where you're gaming.
Adam has been writing and podcasting the mobile tech space for almost a decade. When he's not writing, he hosts the Benefit of the Doud podcast, spends way too much time on Twitter, and redesigns his office space over and over.
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