Essential PS4 accessories, at cheaper prices (September 2018)

essential ps4 accessories like VR, external hard drives, and controllers

You get a lot of value for money when you buy a new PS4 console. There's plenty in the box, and even more available on the console itself but... you can make your gaming life so much better with some PS4 accessories. In fact, if you're looking to bring in an extra player with a second controller, or you want to immerse yourself in VR, then accessories are absolutely essential. Thankfully, we've put together this guide to help you find what you need.

The biggest and most expensive PS4 accessory is the VR headset itself, and if you're looking to play the best games on it, you'll also need some Move controllers too (and a camera, if you don't get one included in the PSVR box). There are other accessories to make your life easier too, including charging docks for your PS4 controller, PS4 headsets, hard drives, and loads more. While none are truly necessary to play the console itself, they show off the diversity of Sony's machine and the wide variety of experiences you can have with it. And we know they're expensive additions, so we've only gathered the best accessories, and we've found the cheapest prices available for each one. And if you're new to all this, why not check out our feature on finding the best PS4 bundle for you.

DualShock 4 controller

Going back to basics

Compatible with: PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim and PS4

It's the official controller
Well designed
Works with all PS4s
Relatively pricey

There are all kinds of PS4 controller options, and you can even pick up limited edition models for recent games like God of War and Call of Duty WW2. However, the classic black pad is tough to beat, especially as it just sits so nicely next to your console. If you're buying a controller, make sure you always go for the official model (unless you're buying for Esports or Pro gaming), and always buy new. There's nothing more likely to put you off your game than finding someone else's dirt on a pad, or discovering you have a wonky thumbstick. You simply don't have those worries with a new controller. And they'll last you for years, even with heavy use on demanding games.

WD My Passport 2TB external hard drive

A cheap option for tripling your storage space

Compatible with: PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim and PS4 | Power: USB 3.0 | Size options: 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB

USB 3.0
Different colors
Great price
Not an SSD

If you're looking to download plenty of games (and with a PS Plus subscription, you can potentially grab 2-3 games every month), then you'll quickly run out of storage space on your console's hard drive. Instead of constantly deleting and reinstalling games, it might be best to grab an external hard drive that simply plugs in and lets you store way more titles. The WD My Passport drives are really easy to use, excellent value for money, and often some of the cheapest out there. Yet they're top quality and the transfer speeds they offer are great. The My Passport comes in a range of colors and sizes too, so you're bound to find something you're going to enjoy and use.

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PlayStation VR headset

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

The most immersive way to experience your PS4 games
Some truly fantastic gaming experiences available
Required PlayStation Camera sold separately
You’ll need the latest headset for HDR and 4K passthrough

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 demons 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.

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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

The only way to go hands-on
Easy to use
Can have some tracking issues
A little expensive

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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PlayStation Camera

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)

Unlocks the world of VR
Voice commands and facial recognition for your PS4 lets you feel all sci-fi
The new V2 design is a delight
Limited use beyond VR

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. 

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Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 Charging Station

Keep on charging forward

Compatible with: All official PS4 DualShock 4 controllers | Power: AC Adaptor

Charges two DualShocks at once
Discrete design
Not that cheap

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. 

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PDP Media Remote

Control your PS4 video services while your controller charges

Has all the functions you need
A cheap solution to watching TV and movies on PS4
Not the official model

Sometimes you don't want your DualShock 4s cluttering up your living room. Sometimes they're charging, and you can't reach them from the sofa. For these occasions, and loads more moments of pure convenience, it's great to have a remote control for your PS4. The official model was discontinued a while ago (although you can still find it second-hand), and this model is the best alternative. It's pretty cheap, and it functions really well with PS4, using bluetooth to communicate with your console. Crucially, it has things like a PS4 home button, so you can get straight back to your menu from inside Netfix etc. 

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PlayStation 4 Platinum headset

Hear your audio like the devs intended

Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 272g | Drivers: 50mm | Compatibility: PS4, PSVR

Exceptional quality sound
Incredible with compatible Sony 3D audio games
Design still screams gaming headset despite being ultra comfortable

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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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

Excellent force feedback
High quality leather finish
A little garish looking

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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Lindy premium speed HDMI cable

A cheap cable that can easily handle 4K for PS4 Pro

Length: 2m | Compatible with: PS4, PS4 Pro

A great cable with decent Gbps speeds
Works with 4K
Longer cables won't do 4K

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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