The best PS5 accessories can rejuvenate your console experience to no end. Between optimizing your audio to providing additional Remote Play controls, there's plenty of kit out there to compliment your current generation console. We're listing our favorite gadgets and gizmos right here, after stocking our own PS5 setups with some of the latest and greatest from a range of brands.
We've had our hands on plenty of PS5 accessories in the two years since the console first release. From the official peripherals that have stuck by our consoles since launch day to newer devices adding extra value, we've been cluttering our living rooms with it all. We've narrowed the playing field here, rounding up all the kit that genuinely adds to your experience while still offering good value for money.
Now that PS5 stock has levelled itself out, and PS5 deals are starting to trickle onto the shelves, you might find yourself with a hankering to kit yourself out with some new gear. We're kicking things off with controllers and headsets - you'll need to have the basics covered first after all - but then moving into the world of VR, charging, storage and even mobile controller options just below.
The best PS5 accessories in 2023
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The world of pro controllers is expanding. Now that we're two years into the new console's life cycle, PS5 accessories are starting to pick up some steam, and nowhere is this progress more apparent than in third party gamepad options. Yes, you've got the official DualSense Edge from Sony on the shelves now - and it's true, the Edge is going to offer you the most seamless integration with the PS5 system. However, the Victrix Pro BFG brings far greater value for money and far deeper customization options. It's the best PS5 controller on the market right now.
The flexibility built into this modular design blew us away even the first time we opened up the carry case. Between taller analog sticks for precision aiming and the additional fightpad module in the box, there's something for every playstyle here. Not only that, but you're getting a bounty of these additional buttons (more than the Thrustmaster E-Swap X Pro in fact), and each one works perfectly straight out the gate. There's no fiddling around to meet pins in just the right way, this is truly a plug and play design - barring the small screwdriver adjustments required for fixing certain modules. Add trigger stops, a Tournament Lock mode which keeps fancier features switched off, and additional function buttons inline with Sony's own DualSense Edge features, and you've got yourself an all-round powerhouse.
In-hand, the Victrix Pro BFG feels a little lighter than previous pro controllers we've had our hands on, but the contours and grips were comfortable over longer sessions. We would have preferred the option to add some weight to each leg, to enhance game feel, though. Similarly, battery life only made it to that of the regular DualSense, clocking in at a little under 20 hours, though we noticed charging time was much faster than other comparable gamepads.
Yes, you're sacrificing rumble and haptic feedback, but we were only aware of this absence right at the start of our testing. Once we were swinging across the back buttons, and personalizing the Victrix Pro for every genre under the sun, we quickly forgot about the lack of vibrations.
Considering a customizable controller like this will usually fetch well over $200 / £200 (and the competition regularly does), the Victrix Pro BFG is also remarkably well priced at $179.99 / £179.99. That, and the sheer number of genres it can cater to, make this the best controller for PS5 overall, and the best value for money.
Read more: Victrix Pro BFG review
The DualSense is the one PS5 accessory that's included with the console, but it's also one most of us will undoubtedly buy more than once. With the DualSense, games are more immersive when features like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers are adopted and incorporated into games' mechanics. Feel the textures of gravel in your fingers as you drive through streets, as well as the tension in the strings of your bow as you draw back an arrow.
Of course, with these exciting new features likely comes a more expensive PS5 controller. The DualSense costs a little more than the PS4's DualShock, but not prohibitively so.
And now that more colours - Midnight Black, Cosmic Red, Starlight Blue, Nova pink, and Galactic Purple - have joined the party, there's a bit more choice to work with and to inject some jazz and personalisation into your setup.
Away from the main colourways, though, you'll also find two new options entering the fray. The Limited Edition God of War Dualsense is perfect for fans of Kratos, and the DualSense Edge is the official premium, pro controller for a competitive edge and additional control options.
Read more: DualSense controller review
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless isn't just the best PS5 headset, it's actually the best gaming headset we've found so far. It's a true next-gen set of cups, taking audio quality, connectivity, battery charging, and build all to the next level. We compare a lot of cups side by side, and none have taken us this far into the future before.
We've always loved that classic SteelSeries sound quality, and the Arctis Nova Pro takes things even further. While previous PlayStation models, like the SteelSeries Arctis 7P, sometimes lacked in the bass ranges, the Nova Pro doubles down on its brand's well-rounded balance with superb performance across the full scale. Not only was that bassline beefier than in previous iterations, but it was powerful without overpowering the intricacies of the higher ranges. That meant a rich tapestry of sound in everything from booming battlefields to pastoral landscapes.
Of course, at $349 / £349 you'd expect some strong audio. It's in the additional features that the Nova Pro wireless truly shines. The included hub allows not only for EQ customization, but also acts as a permanent charger for the spare battery. The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro wireless comes with a hot-swappable battery pack easily popped in and out of one of the cups. Keep on locked into the dock, and switch them over when you're running low on juice and you've always got charge ready to go. It's a small design bonus, but one we couldn't believe hadn't been done before. After just a few weeks of testing, the freedom of immediately having access to a fully charged headset certainly stuck with us.
Read more: SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro wireless review
The PS5 Pulse 3D headset is the best way to experience the PS5's Tempest Audio, even today - when the competition is heating up. That's not just because you're getting surprisingly high quality audio pumping out of these 40mm driver cups, but because that $99.99 / £99.99 price point is actually very fair considering the tech on offer. You'd be hard pressed to find a wireless gaming headset with this ease of use on PS5 for a similar price point. With dual noise-canceling microphones, you can expect crystal clear communication between you and your team in multiplayer games, and the focus on facilitating 3D audio should make games incredibly immersive.
That 3D sound is particularly impressive, and holds up even two years after release. Of course, you're not getting the silky smooth tones of the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro above, but you're certainly picking up some high quality audio - and you're not paying anywhere near that SteelSeries premium.
The design itself eschews the stacked buttons and control knobs of high-end headsets, chasing a more minimalist style. That said, we never felt limited in the volume and mic functions lining the cup, even if the inbuilt microphone could use a little tuning. It's certainly a way to get your voice heard in an online session, but anyone after crystal clear chat mixes should be looking further up the price scale.
If you're after a set of cups to tie your PS5 accessories together, the Pulse 3D headset's black and white aesthetic, seamless integration with the console, and long lasting battery life make it a must-see.
Read more: Pulse 3D headset review
No more digging through drawers for a micro USB cable that still works - the DualSense charging station is a sleek, convenient addition to the PS5 accessories family that carries the same futuristic two-toned aesthetic as the PS5. You can charge two PS5 controllers at once without needing to connect them to the hardware like they're leeches - and it's shaped like a tiny PS5 too.
It's not quite as good looking as the Razer Quick Charging Stand but will still juice up each controller in around three hours, with the added benefit of holding an additional gamepad as well. That means you've always got one ready to go during those longer sessions. We've had our DualSense Charging Station tucked next to the PS5 since launch day, and it's still going strong so this is indeed a durable piece of kit - something the $30 / £25 price tag might not suggest.
The best PS5 accessories help you get more out of your console, and picking up one of the best PS5 SSDs is the fastest way to immediately add value to your setup. There are a number of names throwing their weight around for a slot at the top here, but the Seagate Firecuda 530 stood out to us most in testing. Not only that, but since we had our hands on the 1TB stick, a full model complete with heatsink has been launched. That means no fiddling with extra kit before inserting into your PS5 system.
The Seagate FireCuda 530 has blistering speeds, a steadily dropping price tag, and its own heatsink that's fully compatible with the PS5 - it really is the full package. The transfer speeds are top drawer and even beat WD's equally excellent and very -popular SN850 by edging over that 7,000MB/s mark - rather than aiming solely for it.
Crucially it's got the latest in tech inside it as it sports 3D TLC NAND memory and next-gen PCIe 4.0. It's also worth remembering that Seagate and Sony go way back (relatively) when it comes to drives for PlayStation consoles. Seagate has made and does make a whole host of officially licensed drives so we know the relationship, history, and pedigree are there to rely on. All that means you can have faith in Seagate, and have confidence in its FireCuda 530 SSD for your PS5.
Read more: Seagate Firecuda 530 review
In a world where we are slowly but surely moving from traditional HDDs to SSDs when it comes to pretty much any kind of storage, it's no surprise that our pick for the best external storage PS5 accessory is a top SSD.
The P50 is a high-performing drive that is as close as it gets to having an internal NVMe SSD in a case, plugged into a USB port. Offering speeds and performances often reserved for those drives within the best gaming PCs and on best SSD for gaming lists, it is perfect for those who want the best fro their PS4 game library, and PS5 game library storage.
And you get all that performance within a unit that has a quality, cool design, and a robust build. It is military metal-styled, rectangular in shape, and features slick molded metal in black along with the traditional WD_Black aesthetics and markings. Its USB-C port can be used on your devices as either a USB-A or USB-C connection and in our testing, we got the same speeds through either port so it shouldn't matter which you have free or available, or if you change the device it's used with during its lifetime. When it comes to speeds, what you're told you're getting and what happens is pretty much bang on. Its incredible performance for an external SSD and the stated speed of 'up to 2000MB/s' was on the money in our testing.
How does that manifest in day-to-day, real-world performance? Well, it means that all your PS4 games are loaded incredibly quickly, files were retrieved in the snap of a finger, and the performance levels were incredibly consistent. It's a surefire SSD that will rapidly improve your gaming experience by far reducing the time looking at loading screens and increasing the time when you're actually playing. A true winner.
The PSVR 2 launched this year, at a particularly hefty price point. It's more than the price of a PS5 console, but it's still one of the best PS5 accessories on the market right now. That's because this should be considered more as a complete new system rather than an add-on. You're spending some serious cash, but picking up a whole new world of games and experiences - and some high-end tech that we rarely see in even the best VR headsets at this price range.
The PlayStation VR 2 packs a serious punch. With eye-tracking enabled foveated rendering (the ability to bring the objects you're looking at into focus), a crisp OLED display running at 120Hz, and haptic feedback built into the headband, the kit on offer here pushes VR games well beyond the everyday. You'd usually be looking at spending over $1,000 / £1,000 for that kind of gear - here everything sits at a neat $549.
The presence we felt stepping into Horizon Call of the Mountain and other PSVR 2 games was unmatched, with precise controller tracking, a stunning display, and the twitch-responsive capacitive sensors all working together to produce a spectacular experience. Room tracking is also excellent, allowing you to map your play area while giving you clear signals should you start to wander outside of this designated zone. It's consistent, easy to set up, and seamless - it just works.
Strangely enough, though, it was Cinematic mode that had us gawping the most. Being able to play regular PS5 games on a gorgeous 120Hz OLED panel without everyday distractions surrounding us was a magnificent feeling. Even if the PSVR 2 library takes a while to bulk up, there's plenty of value in this device straight out of the box.
Read more: PSVR 2 review
The Backbone One is already well established in the field of the best mobile controllers for iPhone with its black, Xbox Game Pass-focused version that was released at the end of 2020. However, now the fun comes to Remote Play fans on PlayStation with this officially licensed, asymmetrical controller.
You'll notice that it has the same design language as the PS5 and the official PS5 accessories so it'll slot neatly into part of your arsenal. And while it has the same button layout as the original Backbone One, the stylings and finishes are all PlayStation (aside from the asymmetrical layout, of course).
Elsewhere you've got a low latency connection, pass-through charging, and a 3.5mm headphone jack for your headset, and will house almost any iPhone, including the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Max.
If you're looking for one mobile iPhone controller to rule them all for your PlayStation remote-playing needs, then this is it.
Read more: Backbone One review
PS5 accessories: FAQ
What accessories are necessary for PS5?
No accessory is strictly necessary for PS5 - aside from a TV or monitor to play on. However, the most useful PS5 accessories are extra controllers and additional SSD sticks. These are the only gadgets that could stop your play, should you - for example - run out of battery or storage space. Other options like headsets are nice to have, but if you're prioritising your day one shopping list we'd recommend getting sorted for extra gamepads and storage first.
Which brands make PS5 accessories?
A number of brands have now released their own third party PS5 accessories. Everyone from Logitech to Razer and SteelSeries to Corsair are getting involved these days. However, more niche brands like Hori, Hexa, Victrix, and Backbone are also well worth a look.
Is a cooling fan necessary for PS5?
You'll notice a lack of cooling fans on our guide to the best PS5 accessories. That's for the simple reason that we're yet to come across one that does its job without causing concern for the system. No, a cooling fan isn't necessary to run a PS5 and anyone trying to tell you otherwise is selling one. In fact, the majority of cheap cooling stands actually block valuable air intake space, leading to the console becoming hotter than it can withstand. If you're in the market for a cooling solution, we'd heavily recommend cleaning out your system before taking the risk with a stand.