If you’ve managed to beat the scalpers and get your hands on a Playstation 5, kudos – you must be feeling pretty pleased right now. So why not ring in the end of this terrible year by treating yourself to the best possible next-gen experience? Here’s our pick of the best accessories for PS5.
PlayStation 5 DualSense controller
There really is no substitute for Sony’s new DualSense Controller. Though the layout – with the classic D-pad and circle, cross, triangle and square buttons – will be familiar, the DualSense comes packed with fantastic new features, like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. (Watch this quick video to get a better understanding of how this works, or play Astro’s Playroom, which shows off all of the controller’s new bells and whistles.) If you fancy buying two of these and a DualSense charging station, you won’t regret it.
Thrustmaster T300 RS racing wheel
One of the best Black Friday-discounts we found was Thrustmaster’s T300 RS racing wheel, so hopefully you might have already picked one of these up. It’s a 28cm diameter racing wheel with a sturdy base and pedals, as well as great force feedback we rated as superior to the Logitech G29. This was the best wheel for PS4 racing sims and, good news, it works with the PS5 – a great buy before the release of Gran Turismo 7 next year.
Asus ROG Strix Fusion 700 headset
This Asus headset, which we reviewed back in December of last year, remains a fantastic option for gamers looking for a third-party alternative to the Pulse 3D Wireless headset. The sound is good, with a rumbling controlled bass, and you can pair them with Bluetooth to a phone and listen to music on the go. The microphone isn’t the best fidelity, but is more than capable of delivering tactics to your teammates in Call of Duty Warzone. These headphones look the business, too, eschewing the childish flashing light diplays sometimes reserved for some “hardcore” gaming items.
Sonos Arc soundbar
If you’ve splashed out on a PS5, it might also be time to invest in the pinnacle of wireless, multi-room audio. We reviewed the Sonos Arc back in June, and found it had impeccable finish, extensive spec and control options, and a spacious and impressively punchy sound. It’s not the out-and-out best Dolby Atmos soundbar around, but it’s certainly the best at this price.
Sony BRAVIA XH9005 TV
In the market for a TV? Then you need Bravia’s XH90 that comes “Ready for PlayStation 5″. It’s got all the features you need for a fantastic gaming experience, with a stunning 4K picture at 120fps, and a very low input lag of 7.2ms for all you esports champions. BRAVIA’s Game Mode setting also lets you wake up both the TV and PS5 with the DualSense and seamlessly control the PS5 using just the TV remote. If it’s not for you, there are plenty of other options in our guide to the best TVs.
Secretlab Titan gaming chair
If you’re working at home, it helps to have a chair that can fulfill a multitude of functions, from sturdy and supportive office chair to something more relaxed for chilling out on. Secretlab fulfills this need, with its highly adjustable Titan chair. It provides great support for long sessions of working or gaming, boasting a lumbar support adjuster found in high end racing cars. Or, if you need to slob out, you can extend the full-length backrest recline, relax onto its memory foam pillow, and watch Netflix on your PS5.
Seagate Game Drive 4TB Portable HDD
The paltry storage space of the PS5 is a problem – with system files, players are left with about 667.2GB of usable space. There isn’t an easy way to solve this problem yet – we don’t know when you will be able to run PS5 games from an external drive. However, this 4TB external hard drive will store and play backwards-compatible PS4 games, freeing up some much-needed space.
PS VR adaptor for PS5
The PlayStation VR is a fantastic bit of kit and an affordable introduction to virtual reality. While it’s a shame that Half Life Alyx probably won’t ever be released on the console, there are still some great games to try, such as Rez Infinite, Skyrim VR and Firewall: Zero Hour. If you already own the PS VR pack, good news: Sony will send you a camera adaptor for free. All you need to do is go to this website and type in your PS VR serial number.
Samsung Premiere LSP7T projector
For those who miss going to the cinema, why not splash out and bring the cinema experience home, with a UHD short-throw projector. It saves space as well, especially since your room is now doubt stuffed with PS5 accessories. This Samsung Premiere LSP7T just launched in the UK, and delivers a truly premium entertainment experience. If you’d like a cheaper option, check out our list of the best projectors.
Anker USB-C to USB-C cable
As you’d expect, Sony generously includes a cable for charging your DualSense controllers right in the box. However, what isn’t generous is it’s length, which is fine if you sit right in front of a TV or monitor, but not if your setup leaves you any further back. Thankfully, Anker has you covered. You can pick up this 6ft Anker cable for less than £8 right now, solving any cable restrictions you could hope (or not hope) to have. Anker’s Powerline III cable is also USB-C to USB-C, unlike the USB-A to USB-C option that Sony has packed in, meaning you can use it with more modern charging bricks, too.
Pulse 3D headset
For the PS5, Sony has stepped up from its less imaginative and rather chunky Platinum headset range from the last generation. With the Pulse 3D headset, you get a more lightweight and sleek set of gaming headphones, neatly matching the new futuristic PS5 look. The simplicity in design extends to the useful and easy-to-access controls on the left earcup, allowing deft volume control, muting your mic and the balancing of game and chat audio. In terms of audio quality, while 3D audio may not be as revelatory as Sony touted, it is certainly a pleasing alternative to a pricier surround sound system. If you’re used to TV speakers or similarly priced headphones, you won’t be disappointed.
Will Bedingfield is a staff writer for WIRED. He tweets from @WillBedingfield
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