Best PS5 accessories in 2024 - fill out your setup with some top extras

The best PS5 accessories can help your gaming setup feel more complete in tandem with Sony's current-generation console. Whether that's a new controller, a webcam for streaming, or a media remote, all are must-have accessories that provide huge quality-of-life improvements.

The PlayStation 5 has been around for a good few years now, and there are more accessories in 2024 than at any other point in time. What's more, with the recent release of the PlayStation Portal, PlayStation Pulse Elite, and PlayStation Pulse Explore, we're beginning to see more first-party PS5 accessories hit store shelves.

We've compiled a collection of functional gear that's also as affordable as it can be, and have selected a range of accessories that can augment your PS5 experience in a number of ways and on a number of budgets. Read on for our distilled take on the best PS5 extras.

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The best PS5 accessories in 2024

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The best overall PS5 accessory

Close up of the PS5 DualSense controller's microphone

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The best PS5 accessory

Reasons to buy

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Excellent haptic feedback 
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Leading ergonomics 
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Adaptive triggers are amazing 

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive when bought separately 
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Not great battery life 
Buy it if

You want all the leading PS5 controller features: The DualSense features haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, a touchpad, and gyro controls as the most advanced OEM pad on the market. 

Don't buy it if

You want a PS5 controller with good battery life: All the bells and whistles come at a price as the DualSense only averages around 4-8 hours on a single charge. 

The DualSense controller can easily be considered one of the most essential PS5 accessories as it's highly likely you're going to want to play with friends. Moreover, the rather limited battery life on the latest PlayStation pad can leave a little to be desired. You can expect between four and eight hours depending on your usage, which means you may need to reach for the charging cable on longer play sessions. 

If you're not a fan of the standard white colorway which came with your PS5 console then there are plenty of new and exciting options to choose from. Some of our favorite variations include Midnight Black, Cosmic Red, Starlight Blue, and Nova Pink to scratch the surface. Standard white and black colorways will run you $69.99 / £59.99, while the more special colors typically cost $5 / £5 more.

Personally, we keep several DualSense controllers to hand with our PS5 console to swap them out to prevent this issue. It's not ideal, but it keeps you wires-free for the time being. In terms of what makes this particular controller so special, the proof is in the ergonomics. It's an incredibly comfortable gamepad to use and features some incredible haptic feedback as well as adaptive triggers which no other company right now is doing, which goes a long way to take the sting out of the less-than-exceptional playtime.

The best PS5 accessory for immersive audio

Pulse 3D headset

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The best PS5 accessory for immersive sound

Reasons to buy

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Stellar 3D audio 
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Solid microphone 
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Comfortable over time 

Reasons to avoid

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Build quality isn't amazing 
Buy it if

You want affordable, accessible immersive audio: The Pulse 3D headset won't break the bank, and is remarkably easy to set up on your PS5.

Don't buy it if

You want more features: The Pulse 3D headset is excellent for that out-of-the-box plug-and-play factor, but lacks distinct features you might find on pricier headsets.

We've been continuously impressed by what the Pulse 3D wireless headset is able to do for a very competitive price point. That's because it walks the fine line between affordable and powerful, and while you're ultimately seeing a reduction in that premium feeling build quality here compared to some others, the set makes up for it with the introduction of 3D audio tech. 

As the PS5 lacks the Dolby Atmos support of the Xbox Series X, Sony's answer to more immersive sound was through the Tempest 3D AudioTech. There's a growing list of titles that support this software as well, with over 20 first-party games and counting. If you want to hear what current-gen audio's all about then the Pulse 3D impresses with its relatively humble MSRP of $99.99 / £89.99, however, we've seen this model considerably cheaper since launch, so you may get it at a discount, too.

The best budget PS5 accessory

Sony PS5 DualSense charging station

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3. DualSense Charging Station

The best cheap PS5 accessory

Reasons to buy

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Supports two DualSense controllers 
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Small form factor and footprint 
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Officially verified by Sony 

Reasons to avoid

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Takes roughly three hours to charge 
Buy it if

You want fast and affordable charging: One of the more affordable PS5 accessories, it's also excellent for swiftly charging your DualSense controllers.

Don't buy it if

You usually play wired: If you're one to play with a wired controller, or with one plugged into your console via USB, a charging station is fairly obsolete.

We've already identified that the only real weakness to the DualSense controller is less-than-stellar battery life, and you can get around this issue with the DualSense Charging station. This power cradle has support for two controllers at once, which also gives you a good place to store them when not in use, too. It takes around three hours for controllers to reach full charge, so this PS5 accessory is best utilized when the system, and you, are in rest mode. 

The DualSense Charging Station is pretty inexpensive as well. It currently retails for around $29.99 / £19.99 but has been spotted at cheaper rates than this throughout the years. If you can spare an extra outlet, we think that keeping this accessory handy and getting into the routine or storing your controllers here could be the difference between gaming for a couple of hours and going all night. 

Best PS5 accessory for remote play

Image of the PlayStation Portal handheld gaming device

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Best PS5 accessory for remote play

Reasons to buy

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The best way to play your PS5 games remotely
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Ergonomic and accessible design with strong build quality
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Brilliantly translates PS5 games to a handheld device

Reasons to avoid

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LCD screen can show its limitations
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Sluggish battery charging
Buy it if

You need a convenient way to play your PS5 game library: Knocking all other Remote Play options out of the park, if you’re looking for an extra way to play your PS5 then the Portal’s performance and functionality offer the best way to do just that.

Don't buy it if

You're looking for a cloud streaming or native handheld: The Portal is not for cloud streaming or playing games natively; it is only for mirroring and streaming your PS5.

If you're looking for a way to play your favorite PS5 games, while simultaneously sharing the TV with others in your household, then the PlayStation Portal enables you to do just that. A handheld device that features a sharp, 1080p LCD display and all the advantages of a DualSense Wireless Controller, the Portal gives you access to your PS5 library via Remote Play in portable fashion.

There are some limitations, of course. It's Remote Play-only, meaning cloud streaming and native play aren't possible on the Portal. That is a shame, but it's still great for quick access to your console and its games whenever you need to continue play away from the TV.

The best PS5 accessory for streaming services

PS5 Media Remote

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5. PS5 Media Remote

The best PS5 accessory for streaming services

Reasons to buy

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Better for streaming apps
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Inexpensive price point 
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Conserves power in your DualSense 

Reasons to avoid

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Not technically necessary
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It isn't rechargeable 
Buy it if

Your PS5 is a multimedia platform: Regularly watch Netflix and other streaming services on your console? The Media Remote is an ideal accessory for that.

Don't buy it if

You largely stick to games: The DualSense controller is perfectly fine for navigating streaming services, and is the preferred device if you don't use streamers often.

While the PS5 Media Remote isn't strictly necessary, we think it's definitely worth considering for anyone who uses their PS5 console as their main multimedia machine. As people who spend just as much time watching the likes of Netflix and Disney Plus on their machine as they do gaming, this inexpensive item could conserve crucial juice in your DualSense while having a few tricks of its own, too. 

For a start, the PS5 Media Remote uses standard AA batteries just as you would find with a conventional TV clicker. That means you can keep a drawer stacked with cheap lithium batteries, and you won't be struggling to reach for the controller just to stick something on the TV. You can expect around 12 hours of playback out of this accessory as well, which is much longer than the DualSense by comparison. 

The best PS5 accessory for streamers

PS5 HD Camera

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6. PS5 HD Camera

The best PS5 accessory for streamers

Reasons to buy

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Great for streaming
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Sharp image quality 
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Works natively with the system

Reasons to avoid

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Limited functionality
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On the basic side of things 
Buy it if

Your want an easy streaming solution on PS5: Much like the charging station and Pulse 3D headset, the HD Camera works ready to go out of the box after some minor setup.

Don't buy it if

You're camera shy: You are able to stream on PS5 without the use of a camera. So if you're particularly conscious, you can always go without.

If you've been wanting to stream your PS5 gameplay to the wider world of YouTube and Twitch then the PS5 HD Camera's sole goal is to make that as painless as possible. That's because this webcam, which is built specifically with Sony's latest console in mind, allows you to stream or record videos with your face in them all with minimal fuss. 

There's no need to reach for specific software here. However, you won't be getting the absolute pinnacle of image quality, but for a standard streaming setup, this option is well worth taking a punt on. That's because it currently sells for $59 / £39.99 which is much cheaper than your run-of-the-mill HD shooter and comes from an established brand. 

The best PS5 accessory for PlayStation Portal

PlayStation Pulse Explore earbuds on a wooden surface with a white brick background

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The best PS5 accessory for PlayStation Portal

Specifications

Connection: PlayStation Link, Bluetooth
Noise cancelling: No
Compatibility: PS5, PlayStation Portal, PC, Mobile
Battery life: 5 hours with 10 hours from the charging case

Reasons to buy

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Incredible, detailed audio
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Magnetic planar drivers are superb
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Perfect for PlayStation Portal
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Solid mic for earbuds
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Distinct design and charging case

Reasons to avoid

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Just OK battery life
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No ANC
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Third-party tips needed to maximise comfort and sound
Buy it if

You prirotize sound quality above all else: The Pulse Explore earbuds are the first of their kind to sport planar magnetic drivers, and the results are sublime. We've never heard better audio from buds.

You want the most portable audio companion for Portal: The PlayStation Pulse Explores are by far the best portable audio device for the PS Portal due to the small form factor, and are perfect for being on the go. If you value portability and still want something excellent for PS5 too, then these buds are for you.

Don't buy it if

You play online a lot: The Pulse Explores middling battery life, teamed with a mic that's solid but not spectacular mean that if you intend on playing online a lot, these might not be the best match.

The PlayStation Pulse Explore earbuds are the best-sounding earbuds we've ever had the pleasure of testing. The Planar magnetic drivers within the buds are extraordinary and deliver some seriously rich, rounded, and detailed audio no matter what you're playing. There are options to tinker with the EQ on PS5 too, so you've got flexibility built-in if you like to tinker with the soundscape. 

In our testing, we were constantly surprised and delighted by the buds' audio prowess, particularly in the bass with a strong lown-end showing, but also in the amount of detail and richness there is across the spectrum. 

The buds connect to your PS5 or PC via the PlayStation Link dongle that comes with them, but what makes the Pulse Explores the best PS5 accessory for PlayStation Portal is their capacity to connect directly to the handheld device. It's a dream pairing.

Elsewhere, the microphone quality is robust and easily strong enough for some casual multiplayer action, and the design and aesthetic are very chic and in keeping with the PS5 family of gear.

There are a few caveats to be wary of, however. The battery life of five-to-six hours is not brilliant, and we found that using third-party foam tips is the best way to maximize the Explores' comfort and audio delivery. Also, while there's no ANC, the AI-powered noise rejection is pretty good.

Those few quibbles aside, the Pulse Explore earbuds are some of the finest gaming earbuds going and are absolutely no-brainer recommendations for those on PS5 and PlayStation Portal.

Best PS5 Accessories - FAQs

Should I get a headset for my PS5?

Although a headset isn't necessary to enjoy gaming with the PS5, it can help massively enhance the experience and add a level of immersion you might miss otherwise. The PS5 has impressive 3D audio capabilities too, which are only encouraged through the use of a headset, so even though its not essential it can still be a valuable addition to your setup.

Do I need an SSD for my PS5?

The PS5 doesn't ship with much storage, so investing in an SSD can save you a lot of hassle when it comes to having space for all the best titles on the console. Once you start downloading content, the base storage of 667GB will rapidly start to fill, so getting an SSD before any other accessory might be worthwhile if you have a pretty extensive gaming library ready to be played. 

Can I use PS4 Controllers on PS5?

If you have a DualShock 4 controller, you can connect it to a PS5 to play PS4 games, but you won’t be able to play any PS5 titles with it. Additionally, third-party controllers will not connect to the PS5, which is why having a DualSense 5 is so important. PS5 games are designed to be played with a DualSense 5 controller to optimize the new features it boasts, such as immersive haptic feedback, which is a feature the DualShock 4 didn’t have. 

How to choose the best PS5 accessory for you

Knowing which PS5 accessory to choose next for your setup can be governed by a few factors. Sometimes the choice can be a bit overwhelming but taking a moment to slowly consider some criteria might help lead you to the right pick.

What do you need?
It might seem obvious but if you are approaching the best PS5 accessories with a totally clean slate, then thinking about what use or function can be simply the best way to narrow down your picks. Are you long overdue for an audio upgrade? Then a headset or some new buds will be a great option. Are you tired of your controllers running out of battery? Then buy another pad, or a charging station (or both).  Maybe you're struggling to keep all your games installed at once; then some extra internal or external PS5 storage is the best fit.

Think about budget
As always with any gaming gear, keeping your budget in mind will invariably help you make the right call on what to add next. If the budget isn't quite what you need it to be, then there's always the option to wait and save or wait and strike during a sales event like Prime Day or Black Friday. However, you can take different approaches to things you might need soon: consider a wired headset instead of a wireless one; think about a 1TB hard drive or PS5 SSD as opposed to 2TB+; and consider a third-party (but official) charging dock rather than the Sony one.

Best PS5 Accessories - How we test

We are always as rigorous and as diligent as possible when it comes to testing PS5 accessories, no matter their niche or use case. We've been hands-on with dozens and dozens of headsets and controllers and have lived with remotes, chargers, and remote play devices to ensure that when we recommend something, you know it's been put the right kind of tests and rigor. 

The best test is indeed that major factor of time: you're going to live with these products so we do our best to replicate that in our intense review time, but also in an ongoing capacity. We also endeavor to keep comparing PS5 accessories to each other to ensure that our view of the market is as coherent, cohesive, and as far-reaching as possible.

We are gaming tech experts and you can trust that we're as discerning as you and want to ensure you make the most informed purchasing decision possible.

Rob Dwiar
Managing Editor, TechRadar Gaming

Rob is the Managing Editor of TechRadar Gaming, a video games journalist, critic, editor, and writer, and has years of experience gained from multiple publications. Prior to being TechRadar Gaming's Managing Editor, he was TRG's Deputy Editor, and a longstanding member of GamesRadar+, being the Commissioning Editor for Hardware there for years, while also squeezing in a short stint as Gaming Editor at WePC just before joining TechRadar Gaming. He is also a freelance writer on tech, gaming hardware, video games, gardens, and landscapes and is crowdfunding a book on video game landscapes that you can back and pre-order now too.

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