The best PS5 accessories to buy right now

The best PS5 accessories are perfect extra to help change your console experience from good into great. Whether you're one of the lucky few that got their console on launch day, or you only just got started with Sony's latest console, these extra can help you unlock the PS5's hidden potential. 

The PS5 comes with everything you need to get started, but the sooner you pick up some extra gear the better your experience will be. Sure you may have just paid an $500 for the console, but it's always worth investing in those extra peripherals. Even if it's just to ensure you have a charged Dualsense controller handy at all times. So here's a rundown on all the best PS5 accessories money available right now.

The best PS5 accessories you can buy today 

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Best PS5 controller

PS5 DualSense controller

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1. PlayStation 5 DualSense Controller

The best PS5 controller

Specifications

Size: 6.3 x 2.6 x 4.2 inches
Weight: 9.9 ounces
Connectivity: USB-C

Reasons to buy

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Adaptive triggers
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Motion and touch controls
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Available in multiple colors

Reasons to avoid

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Quite bulky
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Drift issues

The PlayStation 5 DualSense controller is absolutely integral to the PS5 experience, and improves upon the previous DualShock 4 model in nearly every single way. The DualSense utilizes haptic feedback in a bid to offer physical sensations that correspond with what you're doing in-game, with dual actuators instead of rumble motors. 

These can simulate a variety of actions and feel unique in comparison to what the DualShock 4 offered. Similarly, the controller's adaptive triggers offer varying levels of tension when pressed down. It can feel like drawing a bowstring back or shooting a particularly powerful gun. Plus, there's a built-in microphone and headset jack as well as a grippy texture that should feel good in any hands. 

While you'll get a DualSense out of the box when you buy a PS5, it's always good to pick up an extra controller handy for multiplayer games. That said, if you'd prefer something with a little more customizability you can always upgrade to the DualSense Edge. It comes with a more premium design, customization software, additional back buttons and more. The downside is that it's more expensive, and the battery life isn't nearly as good.

Best PS5 camera

Playstation hd camera accessory

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2. PlayStation HD Camera

The best PS5 webcam

Specifications

Resolution: 1080p
Key features: Automatic background removal, built-in stand

Reasons to buy

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Background removal tools
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Built-in stand
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Clear HD image

Reasons to avoid

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Not compatible with PSVR

If you plan on streaming to Twitch or YouTube directly from your PS5, this HD Camera is a must-have. This more than capable camera comes with a built-in stand that makes it look just like the PlayStation 5, with the same monochromatic color scheme, and a suite of tools that mean it's immediately compatible with the system as a piece of streaming equipment. 

It comes with special background removal tools to ensure you can cut out what's around you when you stream as well, as well as the option to broadcast via picture-in-picture. It can even crop out or replace your background. 

This is the best camera prospective streamers can add to their PS5 arsenal, and makes getting set up to share gameplay a total breeze.

Best first-party headset

Sony PS5 Pulse 3d wireless headset

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The best PS5 headset for 3D audio

Specifications

Key features: 3D Audio
Battery life: 12 hours
Microphones: Dual hidden mics
Compatibility: PS5, PS4, PC, Mac

Reasons to buy

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12 hour battery life
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Compatible with PS5's 3D audio
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PSVR compatible

Reasons to avoid

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Often out of stock

A headset can be an instrumental part of any gaming setup, and the PlayStation Pulse 3D Wireless Headset is looking like Sony's best one yet. This is the official PlayStation headset from Sony, and is engineered to work with the PlayStation 5's 3D Audio capabilities. Plus, like the rest of the first crop of PS5 accessories, it looks just like the actual system. 

With plush earcups and an adjustable headstrap, it's designed for long gaming sessions, equipped with hidden noise-cancelling microphones. You can adjust audio and chat settings straight from the headset, and use this attractive headset for up to 12 hours wirelessly with its rechargeable battery, and even take it to your PS4 should you need a headset that makes sense on that system as well. It can even be used with PSVR, if you so desire.

Best PS5 SSD

WD_BLACK SN850 SSD for PS5

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4. WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD

Upgrade your PS5's internal storage at long last

Specifications

Storage Size: Up to 2TB
Storage Type: SSD
Speed: 7000MB/s read speed, 5300MB/s write speed
Heatsink: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Heatsink included
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Fast speed
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Durable design

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Better options may become available

Now that Sony has updated the PS5 to offer SSD expansion, you're not limited to the console's 825GB of built-in storage. The trick is just making sure you pick an SSD with the right specs to let you store and pay PS5 games.

The WD_BLACK SN850 is one of the best options out there right now. It's the only one to have got Sony's official stamp of approval, and is being sold as an officially-licensed accessory. The drive also comes with the all-important heat sink, while offering offers solid performance and durability in a neat little package. 

Best charger

Sony PS5 DualSense charging station

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5. DualSense Charging Station

The best PS5 accessory for DualSense

Specifications

Charging capacity: 2 DualSense controllers

Reasons to buy

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Frees up PS5 USB ports
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Room for two controllers

Reasons to avoid

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3 hour recharge time

Yes, the DualSense controller has a built-in USB-C port for charging, enabling it to be plugged in almost anywhere. But wires are messy, and a dedicated charging dock is a much neater solution to keeping your PS5 controllers fully charged. And that's controller, plural, because this dock has room for two.

The Dualsense battery lasts quite a while, but there are always times when it runs out. So pairing this dock with a second controller means you'll never be deprived of any precious gaming time. Simply slap your exhausted controller into the dock, pick up its twin, and you're good to go in just a few seconds. It's also a great option for families who need multiple controllers charged at once for multiplayer sessions.

Best PS5 remote

PS5 media remote

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6. PS5 Media Remote

The best PS5 accessory for streaming

Specifications

Dedicated app buttons: Disney Plus, Netflix, Spotify, YouTube
IR transmitter: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Sleek design
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Replaces controller when you're not gaming

Reasons to avoid

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Dedicated buttons are glorified ads

Adding another remote to your growing pile can seem a little silly, but the PS5 is as much an entertainment center as it is a gaming console. Whether that's from streaming or as a 4K Blu-ray player. And that makes the PS5 Media Remote an invaluable accessory, because the controller isn't a particularly intuitive alternative.

This diminutive streaming remote comes with built-in play and pause, fast forward, and reverse buttons as well as dedicated streaming service buttons for Netflix, Spotify, Disney+, and YouTube. It's small, sleek, and matches your console just like the rest of Sony's PS5 accessories. Plus, you can use it to both turn on your PS5 and then navigate through menus without even having to connect a controller.

Best third-party headset

Side view of SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7

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The best headset for PS5

Specifications

Drivers: 40mm
Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 22 kHz
Wireless: Yes
Battery life: 38 hours

Reasons to buy

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Versatile connectivity options
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Sonar makes everything sound a bit better
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Smart physical redesign

Reasons to avoid

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Sound quality doesn’t match the price
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Tight fit

It might be expensive compared to some PS5 headsets, but the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 justifies its price tag with solid sound, a suite of connectivity options and a neat design. That's why it's at the top of our best PS5 headsets list.

We think it's the best overall headset for the PS5, thanks to doing pretty much everything well. There's a very stable 2.4GHz wireless connection, yet also an option to connect to the PS5 via USB-C if you don't want to use the wireless connectivity. Bluetooth supports lets you use the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 with other devices too.

And the elegant design sweetens the whole package, while an elastic headband makes it comfortable even after long gaming sessions. In short, this is definitely a PS5 headset you'll want to consider. 

Best external storage

Samsung Portable SSD T5 for PS5

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8. Samsung Portable SSD T5

The best PS5 external hard drive

Specifications

Storage Size: 1 TB
Storage Type: SSD
USB-C: Yes
External Power: No

Reasons to buy

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Quick transfer times
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Sleek, compact design
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Not too expensive

Reasons to avoid

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So-so storage size
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Some PS4 transfer slowdown

You can't play PS5 games from an external hard drive right now, but you can still transfer them to an external drive to free up space on your console — it's faster than downloading and reinstalling them from scratch. 

The best PS5 external hard drive we've tested is the Samsung Portable SSD T5, because of just how fast the thing is. Copying Returnal to the drive only took seven minutes. It works great for PS4 games too, and we were able to load up Mass Effect: Andromeda from the drive in just 35 seconds, which is four seconds faster than the PS5's own internal SSD. 

Best VR headset

PSVR 2 headset and PSVR Sense Controllers

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High-end VR without any fuss

Specifications

Display: 4K OLED, 2,000 x 2,040, 90-120Hz, 110 degree field of view
Sensors: 6-axis motion sensing system, IR camera, capacitive controller senors, IR LED position tracking
Feedback: Haptics on controllers and headset
Connectivity: USB-C, Bluetooth 5.1
Weight: 19.8 ounces/560g
Price: $549.99 / £529.99/ €‎599.99 / AU$879

Reasons to buy

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Easy to set up
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Great controls with haptic feedback
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Gorgeous display
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Overall excellent VR experience
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Access to high-end VR without a gaming PC

Reasons to avoid

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Costs more than a PS5
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Controller straps are awkward

If you're looking for an easy way to experience a high-end VR experience, and have a PS5 at your disposal, then look no further than the PSVR 2. This headset is a monumental improvement over the original, with a more advanced headset and controls that aren't glorified glowsticks.

 It's less a sequel and more like a brand new system in itself. In it you have a 4K OLED display, 90-120Hz refresh rate, a 100-degree field of view, eye tracking, traditional head and hand tracking (through the controllers), 3D audio and the Dualsense controller's adaptive triggers. 

At $549 the PSVR 2 is far from an impulse purchase, but if your're eager to try a premium VR experience without the expense of a whole new gaming system, then it's well worth checking out.

Best PS5 subscription

PlayStation Plus Collection feature

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10. PlayStation Plus

Get the most out of your console with online services

Specifications

Compatibility: PS4, PS5, PC (Premium tier only)

Reasons to buy

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Exclusive content and discounts
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Additional cloud storage
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Share Play and Online multiplayer
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Catalogue of downloadable and streaming titles
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Access to classic games on modern consoles

Reasons to avoid

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Not cheap
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Free games can be hit and miss
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Classic games are exclusive to Premium tier

If you want to get the most out of your PS5, and its games, you should consider subscribing to PS Plus. It's been revamped this generation as Sony is looking to compete with Xbox Game Pass, and now comes in three unique tiers. 

The cheapest plan is PlayStation Plus Essential. This $10 a month, or $60 a year plan is essentially the same as the PS Plus that existed on PS4. That means you get the usual benefits you might be familiar with, including online play, cloud saves, two new downloadable games per month, and discounts at the PlayStation Store.

The Extra tier costs $15 a month, or $135 a year, and lets you download up to 400 PS4 and PS5 games to play at your leisure, plus all the perks of the Essential tier. The final tier is Premium, costing $18 a month of $160 a year. This has everything the other two tiers offer, with the added ability to download or stream PS1, PS2, and PSP games. PS3 games will also be available, but only to stream rather than download. 

How to choose the best PS5 accessories for you

Now the PS5 is almost three years into its lifecycle, there are a lot more accessories to choose from. The console may come with everything you need out of the box, but there are plenty of ways to improve your experience. Least of all an additional DualSense controller and charging platform to enjoy a gaming session with friends.

If you need a way to experience what the PlayStation 5 has to offer in terms of audio, you can opt for products like the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset, which has a variety of uses. But third party options, like the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 might be more up your street.

The biggest recommendation for anyone looking to purchase any PS5 accessories at the moment is the WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD. Already one of the best PS5-conmpatible SSDs, this one now has official Sony approval and branding — making it perfect for expanding your console's storage.

It's also worth noting that the PS5 works with most major PS4 accessories, such as the DualShock 4 controller and a variety of headsets including the Turtle Beach Recon 70, specialty controllers and storage drives. Just note that PS4 controllers only work with PS4 games on PS5.

The PSVR 2 is also here, and will set you back a cool $549. It's pricey, but as we noted in our PSVR 2 review, it's a way of accessing high-end VR without all the usual fuss that comes with gaming PCs and compatible headsets. It's also a massive improvement over the original PSVR, with a brand new controller system, a gorgeous 4K display, eye-tracking and more.

Brittany Vincent

Brittany Vincent has been covering video games and tech for over 13 years for publications including Tom's Guide, MTV, Rolling Stone, CNN, Popular Science, Playboy, IGN, GamesRadar, Polygon, Kotaku, Maxim, and more. She's also appeared as a panelist at video game conventions like PAX East and PAX West and has coordinated social media for companies like CNET. When she's not writing or gaming, she's looking for the next great visual novel in the vein of Saya no Uta. You can follow her on Twitter @MolotovCupcake.