Sure, you're already set-up to play most of the best PS4 games. You have your console, your TV, your DualShock and - crucially - the games themselves. But you may also need some PS4 accessories to go with it all. See, the PS4 is a very versatile machine, and the games it plays can be experienced in all kinds of different ways. VR, for example, is a huge deal for Sony in 2018, and you need a whole bunch of new accessories to play it. The end result is definitely worth it but you might not know exactly what you need to get the best experience. We can help.
What follows is a guide to the most essential PS4 accessories. The stuff you need to make your gaming life that much better. We've got VR set-ups, charging stands for your PS4 pads, Move wands for motion control, and loads more neat items you may need. For each item we show the best prices available right now, so there's no need to scour the internet looking for better deals. We've done the hard work for you. And if you're looking to grab a new PS4 or upgrade to a Pro, this feature on the best PS4 bundles will help you make the right choice.
The next evolution in gaming
Compatible with: PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim and PS4 | Includes: PSVR headset, processor unit, stereo earbuds, HDMI cable, USB cable, AC adaptor and power cord, headset adaptor
Want to know what all the virtual reality fuss is about? Well, the PlayStation VR headset is the most affordable way to find out, and the selection of experiences available is getting better and better with every release. Whether you want to pet Trico in The Last Guardian VR, fly an X-Wing in Star Wars: Battlefront or blast a load of aliens back to hell in DOOM VFR there are plenty of ways to get deeper into your PlayStation games. Just remember you’ll also need to buy a pair of Move Controllers too, if you want to make the most of the VR experience. Most VR bundles come with a PS Camera too - just make sure the one you buy includes it, or you'll be paying more money just to get started.
PlayStation Move Controllers
Get your hands in your VR games
Compatible with: PlayStation VR, PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim and PS4 | Battery life: Maximum 10 hours
If you’re going to go full VR, you’re going to need a pair of PlayStation Move controllers. They might have been released back in the PS3 era, but they’re Sony’s way of getting your hands in the game. With one of these glowing bad boys in your paws, you’ll be able to pick up and interact with objects and items in VR games, which might sound silly but totally changes the game. Take Batman Arkham VR for example, there’s nothing quite like pulling on the Bat gloves and pulling down the cowl over your face in the game using what feels like your real hands - and then doing a little dance in the mirror. You are the night, after all.
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A VR must have
Compatible with: PlayStation VR, PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim and PS4 | Recommended room size: 3m (9.8 feet) by 1.9m (6.2 feet)
Now included in most VR bundles, the PS Camera is essential for doing virtual reality. However, it's still sold separately, as some bundles don't include it. It's not just about VR either - this nifty bit of kit will let you unlock your PS4 using just your face, launch games and apps with quick and easy voice commands and even let you see yourself in game with titles like Tearaway Unfolded, The Playroom and Just Dance. Who wouldn’t want to see themselves strutting their stuff to the latest Justin Bieber track after all? And don't worry, you only have to see yourself looking silly in the middle of the room for a few seconds during VR set up.
Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 Charging Station
Keep on charging forward
Compatible with: All official PS4 DualShock 4 controllers | Power: AC Adaptor
The battery life on the PS4’s DualShock 4 pad isn’t bad, but there’s bound to be a crucial point mid-game where you get booted out with that infuriating “controller disconnected” prompt flashing up on screen. Make sure you don’t get scuppered at the final blow in a long boss fight by getting yourself the DualShock 4 Charging Station. This dinky little gadget will charge two controllers at once in a nicely designed cradle, meaning you’re always ready to get back into the game. Charge one and play with the other, and chuck your pads into it overnight to make sure you’re fully juiced for the next time you play.
PlayStation 4 Platinum headset
Hear your audio like the devs intended
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 272g | Drivers: 50mm | Compatibility: PS4, PSVR
Despite that handy headset connector sitting on your DualShock 4, there’s nothing quite like going truly wireless and Sony’s official offering is a delightfully noisy option. The Platinum headset delivers seriously punchy audio with virtual 7.1 surround sound, as well as 3D Audio with compatible games. This sounds like a gimmick until the first time you fire up Uncharted 4, get a ridiculous grin on your face and then wonder why all games don’t sound like this with bullets zinging past your ears. With an impressive price tag compared to other surround sound headsets, the Platinum delivers great sound, holds charge for around 10 hours and is seriously comfortable for long hours of play.
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4TB Seagate Gaming Hard Drive
All the storage you could wish for
Compatible with: PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim and PS4 | Power: USB | Size options: 2TB, 4TB | Transfer Speed: 110MB per second
Once you start splashing out on some of the best PS4 games you can play, you’ll soon find your internal hard drive getting fuller and fuller. But fear not, the PS4 now supports external hard drives for storage of all your games. Plug in any USB 3.0 hard drive and boom. More storage for MOAR GAMES. Our favourite is this 4TB Seagate Game Drive, because it looks great and has more than enough storage for all the games we’re going to buy over the next few years. If for some reason you wanted to fill your new 4TB hard drive just with the 42.3GB Assassin’s Creed Origins, you could install it 94 times and still have space to spare. Nice.
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Logitech G29 Racing Wheel
Behind the wheel of your supercar fantasies
Compatible with: PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim, PS4 and PS3 | Force feedback: Dual-motor force feedback with helical gearing | Wheel rotation: 2TB, 4TB | In the box: Logitech G29 racing wheel, wired 3-pedal base
Whether you’re racing around in Gran Turismo Sport in the latest supercar, or wiping the digital mud from your face in Dirt Rally, there’s nothing quite like doing all that from behind a real wheel. Even if you’re sitting on your sofa, there’s something about feeling the leather under your fingers and the cool metal under your feet as you wrestle all four wheels around the next corner and scream into first place. The PS4 is pad is good, but it’s not quite the Logitech G29, which happens to be our pick for the best racing wheel available for PS4 (and PS3 too if you’re still dabbling in last-gen tech).
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20th Anniversary DualShock 4
Going back to basics
Compatible with: PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim and PS4
Although there are plenty of DualShock options available, from gold to camo, there’s something wonderful about the 20th Anniversary pad. With its old-school grey hue and classic colour scheme, it harks back to the PSOne days regardless of how super shiny Horizon Zero Dawn looks running in 4K. Pair it with a free anniversary theme for your PS4 and you’ll be heading down nostalgia road in no time.
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Lindy premium speed HDMI cable
A cheap cable that can easily handle 4K for PS4 Pro
Length: 2m | Compatible with: PS4, PS4 Pro
You get an HDMI cable in the PS4 box, and with the VR bundle. However, things break, cables get lost, and you often end up mixing up your devices under your TV. Or maybe you got your PS4 or PS4 Pro second-hand? Either way, if you need a new HDMI cable, this is about the best. It's cheap, readily available, and it does the 18Gbps speed required for 4K and HDR. Easy. Only thing to watch out for is that cables over 5m long won't deliver enough speed for 4K, so you may need a more specialist brand for lengthy cables.
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