Essential Extras for PS4 or PS4 Pro Owners
The PS4 is a great console and it arguably has the best selection of exclusives over the Xbox One and PC. However, even with a great stable of games, there’s still room for improvement in your PlayStation experience. No, I don’t mean buying a new 4K TV for gaming or a beefed-up surround sound system, but rather getting the best PS4 accessories to spice up your gaming life.
From getting a new controller, adding faster storage to your console, or jumping into PlayStation VR, there are plenty of reasons to get the best PS4 accessories. Of course, there are far more accessories than the ones I’ve just mentioned, but many of these can be frivolous or silly so I’ve stuck to the ones that are actually useful and helpful for playing on Sony’s console. Best of all, many of the items I’ve handpicked below are frequently on sale or are available at a semi-permanent discount, so there’s even more reason to pick up the best PS4 accessories.
TL;DR – These are the Best PS4 Accessories:
1. DualShock 4
The Best PS4 Controller
Whether you’ve worn out the controller that came with your PS4 or you’re looking for a second one to demolish your friends in Mortal Kombat 11, the DualShock 4 is the best PS4 controller to buy. Sony spent years engineering and designing the controller for the PS4, and it shows.
While I’m not crazy about the integrated light bar being an energy hog and not being really useful outside of PlayStation Move games, the TouchPad is a novel addition – even if it’s mostly just used as a massive map button in most games. The best thing about the DualShock 4 is it can be regularly found going for around $40, making it the most affordable PS4 controller.
2. Astro C40 TR
Best Customizable PS4 Controller
As great as the DualShock 4 is, it’s not perfect, especially when compared to Microsoft’s customizable Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. This is where the Astro C40 TR (read our review) steps in to give you extra buttons, a customizable D-Pad and thumbsticks, and even the ability to swap the position of the left thumbstick.
Beyond the customizable hardware, you can use the included software to remap just about every single button on the controller to whatever you desire. In the same app, you can adjust the sensitivity of the sticks and triggers, rebalance the sound mix coming from the 3.5mm audio jack, and even change intensity of the rumble on the left and right sides separately. The Astro C40 TR is a seriously customizable controller for users who want to fine tune everything.
3. HyperX ChargePlay Duo
Best PS4 Controller Charger
One of the DualShock 4’s biggest pitfalls is its short eight-hour battery life. While that’s enough play time to get you through a hearty chunk of Days Gone or several matches of Apex Legends, remembering to plug in the micro USB cable to charge your controller gets pretty old. If you find recharging your DualShock 4 to be a real chore, why not invest in the HyperX ChargePlay Duo? For only $15 bucks, this recharging cradle makes things so much simpler. All you need to do is plop your controller on top and you can even juice up two controllers at the same time.
4. HyperX Cloud Flight
The Best PS4 Gaming Headset
The HyperX Cloud Flight (read our review) is without a doubt the best wireless gaming headset for the PS4. This pair of cans delivers well balanced game audio with clear dialog, crisp sound effects, and a powerful low end bass (i.e. explosions).
One of the HyperX Cloud Flight’s most distinguishing characteristics is its long battery life, which can last up to 30 hours. However, if you’re looking for something a bit more premium and comfortable—but don’t mind missing a customizable ChatMix and surround sound—the SteelSeries Arctis 7 (read our review) is another excellent option that’s mostly compatible with the PS4.
5. Razer Panthera Evo Arcade Stick
The Best PS4 Fight Stick
While most standard PS4 controllers play well with Mortal Kombat 11 and most fighting games, nothing quite beats a full-fledged arcade fight stick. The Panthera Evo combines an industry standard Sanwa stick with the Razer’s own mechanical buttons for one of the most responsive arcade fighter controllers you can buy.
The new Razer Panthera isn’t quite as easy to mod without tools as the previous version and some users might be put off by its default electric blue, triskelion motif, but this is still a fully customizable controller that allows users to change out the artwork and all the parts, even down to the PCB. Aside from meeting these fight stick standards, the Razer Panthera was designed for the PS4 from the ground up so it includes a functional Share button and TouchPad.
6. Thrustmaster T300RS GT
Best PS4 Racing Wheel
Racing wheels aren’t good for just giving you a wheel and set of pedals to pretend like you’re driving a real car, they also add a degree of precision and level of realism with enhanced force feedback you just can’t get from a controller.
Among all the wheels I’ve tested, the Thrustmaster T300 RS GT is the best racing wheel you can get for the PS4. It offers a wide range of movement with 1,080-degree rotation, while introducing realistic pull working against your turns thanks to its brush-less, belt-driven force feedback system.
If the Thrustmaster T300RS GT is a little too expensive for you, you may also want to consider the Logitech G29, which offers a slightly less refined wheel but arguably better pedals. Alternatively, if money is no object, the Fanatec CSL Elite is one of the most premium racing wheels with powerful force feedback and an extremely smooth overall experience.
7. AVerMedia Live Gamer ULTRA
The Best PS4 Capture Card
The PS4 Pro’s built-in recording features are pretty robust, but the console can only capture gameplay at 1080p resolution and 30 frames per second (fps)—or 720p 30fps on the PS4 Slim. If you want to start a YouTube or Twitch Channel with the best footage possible, you should look into a personal video recorder (PVR) or capture card like the AVerMedia Live Gamer ULTRA.
Despite its small size, it can record at up to 4K and 60fps, and since it isn’t taxing your system, you can continue to play at the same Ultra HD resolution too. Now, the PS4 Pro (or most gaming PCs) likely won’t be outputting such a high-res image at 60fps, but a PVR this good can help futureproof your setup for the PS5. If you find yourself playing and uploading at a more pedestrian 1080p and 60 fps, you might be interested in the even smaller and more affordable AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2.
8. Samsung 860 QVO 2TB
The Best PS4 Storage Upgrade
I distinctly remember the regret of buying a 1TB PS4 Pro shortly before Sony announced a new 2TB model. If you’re in the same boat, you should upgrade your PS4’s storage with a larger, faster drive. At this point SSDs have become incredibly inexpensive, so why not get the 2TB Samsung 860 QVO to enjoy load times up to 10 to 20 seconds faster than the system’s traditional HDD?
Alternatively, the Seagate FireCuda 2TB is a solid-state hard drive (SSHD) alternative that offers a smaller 8GB SSD cache paired with 2TB of HDD space for a much lower price. In case you’re worried about messing up while upgrading your PS4 or PS4 Pro’s storage, IGN has created this thorough how to guide.
9. WD My Passport 2TB External Hard Drive
The Best PS4 External Hard Drive
If you’re feeling squeamish about opening up your console, adding storage to the PS4 is as simple as plugging in a USB external drive. The WD My Passport 2TB is the best option to go with as it adds on a ton more capacity for all your games, movies, and music, and it only costs a little more than a new game at $70.
The Best (and Only) PS4 VR Headset
To be honest, choosing the best VR headset for the PS4 isn’t hard when the PlayStation VR is the only one that actually works with the console—or any console, given the Xbox One doesn’t support Microsoft’s own Windows Mixed Reality headsets. To get the full-bodied VR experience, you’ll need a PlayStation Camera as well as a pair of PlayStation Move Controllers to enable motion control.
All of that might sound like a lot of hardware to buy, but it’s well worth it to play some of the best VR games available only on the PS4 such as Astro Bot and Moss. Plus, PSVR is the only way to currently experience Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (at least until next year) and Tetris Effect in virtual reality. The good news is the whole headset, cameras, and controller package can be bought together in a bundle with two additional free games, usually for as much as the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift will cost—and you won’t need an expensive, high-powered gaming PC to power it.
Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam