Sony’s PlayStation 5 is still incredibly difficult to find. Whether you got lucky with a launch unit, or are still trying to snag one for yourself, picking up additional accessories to ensure you get the most out of your brand new console (whenever you get one) isn’t a bad idea.
First, there’s the controller. Every new PS5 includes one DualSense controller. Unlike the DualShock controllers, the DualSense has a two-color scheme and a more ergonomic design. The controller also features adaptive triggers, a built-in microphone, and haptic feedback, with some games taking advantage of the controller’s features to provide more immersion.
In addition to working with the PS5, the DualSense can connect to Android and iOS devices wirelessly. The controller will also connect wirelessly to a PC if your computer supports Bluetooth. If not, you can connect the DualSense to a PC using a USB cable.
The controller is usually $70, but sometimes you can find it for $60. The DualSense is a good successor to the PS4’s controller, given all the improvements that come with it. If you already owned a PS4 or own a DualShock 4, you can still use the controller on the PS5, but it will only work while playing PS4 games.
Looking for a new 4K TV that can take full advantage of the PS5’s capabilities? My colleague Chris Welch has you covered with a range of TVs from TCL, LG, and Samsung. They’re all different sizes and prices, but working well with the PS5 is something they each have in common.
If you are interested in using your PS5 to live-stream video games or broadcast your gameplay with friends, you’ll want to pick up the PS5 HD Camera, which is $60. It includes dual 1080p lenses and is a successor to the PS4 camera. The camera also allows you to remove the background of your camera’s feed and replace it with something else.
Sony’s Pulse 3D wireless gaming headset is worth the $100 price tag if you want a wireless model that can let the audio in some PS5-exclusive games shine. It sounds fantastic in games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Returnal, Demon’s Souls, and more. Like the console, this headset has been a little tough to find, but it’s coming back in stock more frequently these days.
Shifting back to accessories, the PS5 also has its own media remote. The PS5 can double as a device to stream movies and videos, or if you buy the PS5 with a disc drive, you can watch Blu-ray discs. The PS5 will have a ton of streaming apps available at launch, including Apple TV Plus, Crunchyroll, and Hulu, so if you plan to watch movies and shows on your device, the PS5 media remote would be a smart thing to buy.
With the console’s SSD space limited and no signs of SSD expansion support coming in the near future, using an external hard drive as a way to store older PS4 games is not a bad idea. Just note that you won’t be able to use it to play next-gen PS5 titles, though a recent update allows you to store them on a hard drive like this one.
Update May 3rd, 11:15AM ET: Added a link to Chris Welch’s guide to buying the best 4K TV for the PS5, as well as links for the Pulse 3D headset and a resource to help you find the best deal on a PS Plus subscription.