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The best PS5 accessories to buy right now

Best PS5 accessories
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The best PS5 accessories are must-have purchases for anyone lucky enough to have picked up Sony's elusive console. Once you've managed to traverse the PS5 restock waters, it's time to start thinking about what else the system can do.

The PS5 has all the basics right out of the box, but there's the console is capable of so much more. Don't get us wrong, the PS5 is still a huge upgrade, but there are several advantages to having that extra kit. That's why we've got a rundown of the best PS5 accessories, so you know what to look for.

Our list of the best PS5 accessories runs the line between controllers, cameras, and the external storage you'll want to take advantage of. There aren't a great many out there yet, but we've selected everything you can buy to make your console the perfect gaming and media experience. 

Whether that means listening to your favorite game in the peace of a reliable headset, grabbing additional controllers for multiplayer, there's something out there to match your needs.

Just remember that a lot of licensed PS4 accessories still work on both consoles, including flight sticks, steering wheels, and the DualShock 4 controller. But only for PS4 games, naturally.

What are the best PS5 accessories? 

Most PS5 owners could certainly benefit from another DualSense controller, especially for multiplayer. That’s why another gamepad may be exactly what you need to pick up next, as is the charging station to go with it. 

That way, you can always have two DualSense controllers on hand at once, with one juiced up and ready to go whenever the battery runs out on the other. With its adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, it's integral to the entire PlayStation 5 experience, especially when played with showcase titles like Astro's Playroom.

The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset is a must-have to experience the PS5's 3D Audio capabilities. With plush earpads and a sturdy headband strap, it not only complements the PS5's body, but also offers a great way to enjoy your game in peace as well as become further immersed in whatever title you're playing.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless headset is a great alternative if you're not as concerned with matching your console or going with the officially licensed product. It's every bit as capable of delivering a high-quality aural experience, however, and offers a great alternative to anyone looking for a headset they can also use on PlayStation 4. 

If you want to use your new console as a media center, the new PS5 Media Remote is also worth looking into. And if the PS5's internal storage isn't enough for you, then the WD_Black SN850 SSD is one of the best options, if you want to make space for more PS5 games.

The best PS5 accessories you can buy today 

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. 

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.

Sony PS5 Pulse 3d wireless headset

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3. Pulse 3D Wireless headset

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.

Sony PS5 DualSense charging station

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4. 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
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Reasons to avoid

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3 hour recharge time

The DualSense Controller's battery lasts quite a long while as it is, but it's always good to have a way to charge up another one to have for backup, just in case. The DualSense Charging Station lets you charge up to two DualSense wireless controllers at the same time, all without having to keep them connected to the PlayStation 5. 

This helps you free up USB ports from the PS5, and holds your controllers securely in one place. When you've exhausted one controller's battery, drop it into the dock, hear the click to know it's properly positioned, and then pick up the other controller for a freshly-charged controller so you can jump into your favorite game that much quicker. It's also a great option for families who need multiple controllers charged at once for multiplayer sessions.

PS5 media remote

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5. PS5 Media Remote

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

The PlayStation 5 can be used as much more than a gaming console, and that makes the Media Remote an invaluable accessory. 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 so you can get right down to enjoying your favorite shows, movies, or music right away.

SteelSeries Arctis 7P/7X headphones for PS5

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6. SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless

The best gaming headset you can buy

Specifications

Compatibility: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, Android
Drivers: 40mm
Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Wireless: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Works with just about every system
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Great gaming sound
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Comfortable fit

Reasons to avoid

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Music quality could be better

For those who prefer to pick up a different type of headset than what Sony has to offer SteelSeries has a fantastic alternative with the Arctis 7P Wireless Gaming Headset for PlayStation. Designed for PS5, this headset is also compatible with PS4, Switch, PC, and Android. 

SteelSeries has packed in lossless 2.4 GHz wireless audio that provides low-latency audio while gaming. The headset also features a Discord-certified ClearCast bidirectional microphone for crystal clear communication, as well as a 24-hour battery life that will keep you going through multiple gaming sessions.

Plus, with an attractive form factor, this pair of headphones looks nice next to the PlayStation 5.

Check out our full SteelSeries Arctis 7P wireless review.

Samsung Portable SSD T5 for PS5

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7. Samsung Portable SSD T5

The best PS5 external hard drive overall

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. 

WD_BLACK SN850 SSD for PS5

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8. 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. Not only is it available with the all-important heat sink, it also offers solid performance and durability in a neat little package. To the point where it was recommended by PS4 and PS5 Lead System Architect Mark Cerny.

PlayStation Plus Collection feature

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9. 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 going through some changes in the near future, with Sony doing its best to compete with Xbox Game Pass.

Three tiers of subscription are coming, the cheapest of which is PlayStation Plus Essential. This $10 a month, or $60 a year plan is essentially the same as PS Plus right now. That means you get the same benefits, 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 $100 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 $120 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.

How to choose the best PS5 accessories for you  

Right now, since the PS5 is essentially still in its early days, there isn't a lot to choose from. You could pick up only what you need, however, out of what is available, and that might mean only going for a DualSense Controller and its accompanying Charging Station if you're not planning on doing any live-streaming. 

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. 

The biggest recommendation for anyone looking to purchase any PS5 accessories at the moment is an additional DualSense Controller. Anyone can add this to their PS5 collection and benefit from it. 

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.

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.