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The best PS5 accessories to buy right now

Best PS5 accessories
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The best PS5 accessories should be on the wish list of any gamer lucky enough to have got their hands on Sony's next-gen console. The PS5 is a fantastic (and fun) piece of kit that has all the essentials in the box, but you can always make it better. After all, having the right accessories can make a massive difference to your gaming experience. 

Whether you're into games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales, or the likes of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, the PS5 as it comes out of the box only offers a fraction of what the console can do. It's a major upgrade, don't get us wrong, but if you want the best console experience you should get ready to open your wallet and pick up some extra kit.

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 while the PS5 is in it infancy there aren't as many peripherals as there are for something like the PS4. But a lot of licensed 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 DualSense 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.

The best PS5 accessories you can buy today 

best PS5 accessories: 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
+Adaptive triggers+Motion and touch controls
Reasons to avoid
-Quite bulky-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 have an extra controller handy for multiplayer games. 

Best PS5 accessories: Playstation hd camera

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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
+Background removal tools+Built-in stand+Clear HD image
Reasons to avoid
-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, in addition to the option to broadcast via picture-in-picture with your game or to 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 PS5 accessories: 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
+12 hour battery life+Compatible with PS5's 3D audio+PSVR compatible
Reasons to avoid
-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, which is engineered to work with the PlayStation 5's 3D Audio capabilities. 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 accessories: 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
+Frees up PS5 USB ports+Room for two controllers+
Reasons to avoid
-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.

Best PS5 accessories: 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
+Sleek design+Replaces controller when you're not gaming
Reasons to avoid
-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.

best PS5 accessories: SteelSeries Arctis 7P/7X review

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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
+Works with just about every system+Great gaming sound+Comfortable fit
Reasons to avoid
-Music quality could be better

For those who prefer to pick up a different type of headset than what Sony has with the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset, 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. 

It offers lossless 2.4 GHz wireless audio that provides low-latency audio while gaming. In addition, it features a Discord-certified ClearCast bidirectional microphone so all communications that go through the headset are crystal clear as possible. They also come packing a 24-hour battery life that can keep you going all the way from one gaming session to the next. 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.

Best PS5 external hard drives: Samsung Portable SSD T5

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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
+Quick transfer times+Sleek, compact design+Not too expensive
Reasons to avoid
-So-so storage size-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 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. 

How to choose the best PS5 accessories for you  

Right now, since the PS5 is essentially still in its infancy, 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

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.