Sony’s PlayStation 5 is still incredibly difficult to find. Whether you’ve gotten lucky with a launch unit, or are still trying to find one for yourself, it’s not a bad idea to buy extra accessories to make sure you get the most out of your brand new console (when you get one ).
First, there is the controller. Each new PS5 includes one DualSense controller. Unlike the DualShock controllers, the DualSense has a two-tone 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 wirelessly to Android and iOS devices. The controller also connects to a PC wirelessly if your computer supports Bluetooth. If not, you can connect the DualSense to a PC with a USB cable.
The controller usually costs $ 70, but sometimes you can find it for $ 60. The DualSense is a good successor to the controller of the PS4, given all the improvements that come with it. If you already had a PS4 or 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 capabilities of the PS5? My colleague Chris Welch has you covered with a range of TVs from TCL, LG and Samsung. They all come in different sizes and prices, but working well with the PS5 is something they all have in common.
If you want to use your PS5 to live stream video games or broadcast your gameplay with friends, you’ll want to get the PS5 HD camera, which costs $ 60. It includes dual 1080p lenses and is a successor to the PS4 camera. The camera also lets you remove the background from your camera 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 lets the audio shine in some PS5-exclusive games. It sounds great in games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Returns, Demon’s Souls, and more. Like the console, this headset was a bit hard to find, but it’s coming back to stock more often these days.
Switching back to accessories, the PS5 also has its own media remote. The PS5 can be used 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 has a ton of streaming apps available at launch, including Apple TV Plus, Crunchyroll, and Hulu, so if you plan on watching movies and shows on your device, the PS5 media remote would be a smart buy.
Since the console’s SSD space is limited and there won’t be any signs of SSD expansion support for the foreseeable future, it’s not a bad idea to use an external hard drive as a way to store older PS4 games. Keep in mind that you can’t use it to play next generation PS5 titles, although a recent update will allow you to save them on a hard drive like this one.
Update May 3, 11:15 a.m.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.