The best accessories for your new PlayStation 5


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So you’ve managed to buy a PlayStation 5 – congratulations, you’ve overcome the stock shortages to get your hands on one of the most sought-after consoles in recent memory. Now comes the fun part. No PS5 is complete without a library of games and accessories to take your experience to the next level. Fortunately, you don’t have that much trouble getting your hands on it. However, if you’re new to the console, it’s hard to know which titles and peripherals are worth your time. We’ve collected our favorites here to make your search easier.

PlayStation Plus

Sony

If the PS5 is your first console or you’re coming off an Xbox, one of the first things you’ll want to buy is a PlayStation Plus subscription. It will help you develop your library further. Sony gives away a handful of free games to PS Plus subscribers every month, and as long as you have an active membership, you can keep them. The selection is sometimes hit and miss, but every year you’ll find a few gems. You’ll also need PS Plus to play most games online, although a subscription isn’t required for free-to-play titles like Call of Duty: Warzone. The addition of PlayStation Store discounts and cloud storage make PS Plus a no-brainer if you find yourself using your PS5 constantly.

Buy PS Plus (1 Year) at Amazon – $60 SteelSeries Arctis 7P+

SteelSeries

Do the people you live with a favor and buy yourself a decent headset. It will help keep your nerves from fraying and is a must for any multiplayer game. The options for gaming headsets are vast, so we recommend choosing one with a solid track record. SteelSeries recently updated its iconic Arctis 7 headset with the 7P+ which has improved battery life and a USB-C port for charging. What the company didn’t change was the headband design that many people appreciate as it has made the Arctis 7 one of the more comfortable headsets on the market. The 7P+ costs the same as the standard 7+ variant, but also adds full support for the PS5’s Tempest 3D audio technology.

Buy Arctis 7P+ at SteelSeries – $170 WD Black SN850

WD

Sony recently released an update that allows PS5 owners to expand their console’s internal storage. And that’s a good thing, because the 667 GB of usable storage that the console offers can quickly feel limiting. We’ve already published a comprehensive guide to the best SSDs to buy for your PlayStation 5. Check out that article for a step-by-step guide to upgrading your SSD. But if you want to make it as simple as possible, it’s best to use a Gen4 M.2 NVME SSD with built-in heatsink. One of the better plug-and-play options is the SN850 from WD Black. It meets all the compatibility requirements listed by Sony and is reasonably priced too.

Buy WD Black SN850 (1TB) at Amazon – $230 Samsung T7 SSD

Samsung

If you don’t feel comfortable opening your PS5 to install a new SSD, another option is to purchase an external SSD drive. Please note that you cannot play PS5 games from an external drive. However, it takes less time to copy one from an SSD than to download it from the PlayStation Store. One of our favorite portable drives is the Samsung T7. It can write files at a speed of 1,000 MB/sec and comes with a shockproof enclosure to protect the drive from physical damage. If you plan to use the SSD solely for game storage, you can save money by buying the standard model instead of the Touch variant with fingerprint sensor.

Buy Samsung T7 (1TB) at Amazon – $170 DualSense Charging Station

Sony

While you can charge your DualSense controller with the USB-C cable that comes with your PS5, a more elegant solution is the DualSense charging station. It can store and charge two controllers at the same time. That way, you’ll always have a second controller ready to go if the battery you’re currently using runs out. It also frees up the USB ports on your PS5 for other accessories.

Buy DualSense Charging Station at Amazon – $60 Deathloop

Bethesda

This timed exclusive is one of the most stylish games you can play on the PS5. The latest version of Arkane puts you in a time loop where you have to learn the schemes of your targets to kill all eight in one day. The game’s level design is compact in the best possible way and invites you to learn all the secrets of each zone so that you can have a successful run.

Buy Deathloop at Amazon – $60 Death’s Door

sour nerve

With a title that evokes the end of all things, you might think Death’s Door is a bleak game. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Backed by a beautiful soundtrack and art style, it’s one of the most thoughtful and enjoyable indies I’ve played recently. Developer Acid Nerve’s tribute to The Legend of Zelda and Dark Souls is a must-play for those who like to lose themselves in a world of mystery and intrigue.

Buy Death’s Door from Sony – $20 Demon’s Souls

Sony

If you’ve been itching to try FromSoftware’s Soulsborne series but don’t know where to start, you won’t find a better introduction than Demon’s Souls. Developer Bluepoint Games has lovingly recreated the crumbling kingdom of Boleteria for the 4K era, making this remake one of the best looking games on the PS5. Yes, it’s as hard as you’ve heard, but a handful of quality-of-life improvements, including a much-needed performance mode, make the journey all the more rewarding.

Buy Demon’s Souls at Amazon – $70 Ghosts of Tsushima Directors Cut

Sucker Punch Productions

You have played games like Ghost of Tsushima before. It borrows from the familiar open-world formula popularized by Assassin’s Creed and other Ubisoft titles. But that’s no knock. Far from it, the latest from Sucker Punch is so easy to recommend as it executes the open world concept flawlessly. The studio has created a beautiful playground steeped in feudal Japanese culture, myth and history for players to explore, with something interesting to find behind every ridge. Combat is also a highlight, allowing you to play either as an honorable samurai, fearsome assassin, or a combination of the two. And once you’re done with Tsushima’s moving single-player story, there’s the excellent Legends multiplayer mode to keep you entertained for the long haul.

Buy Ghosts of Tsushima at Amazon – $70 Hades

Super Giants Games

If you pick only one game from this list, make it Hades. It’s as close to a perfectly executed game as you’ll find. Everything from the art style, music, story and gameplay mechanics come together in one of the most memorable experiences in recent memory. Even if you’re not a fan of rogue-style games, don’t worry: Hades is so successful because even when you die, it never feels like you’ve wasted your time.

Buy Hades at Amazon – $40
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