The best accessories for the PlayStation 5 – Dot Esports
While the PlayStation 5 comes with all the basics you need to get started–an 8K-compatible HDMI cable, controller, power connectors and the like–you can transform the gaming experience with official or third-party accessories.
These accessories can range from external hard drives used to expand your storage limits to special stands that increase your system’s airflow. And while most of your PS4 accessories are still compatible with the next-gen console, along with anything that’s powered by a USB port, there’s some specialist offerings available now that will really get the most out of the PS5.
Pairing your console with the accessories on our list will increase your quality of life as long as gaming goes, and you can also take the next step by getting yourself a chair, monitor, or TV that’s tailored for console gaming.
The best third-party PS5 accessories
Sabrent 1TB Rocket 4 Plus Heatsink
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Now that the PS5’s firmware has been updated, getting an internal M.2 SSD is one of the best upgrades you can make. The Sabrent 1TB Rocket 4 Plus more than doubles the PS5’s base storage, and it comes with the necessary heatsink to ensure that thermal throttling is never an issue.
The Sabrent’s Rocket 4 speeds are more than plenty for the PS5’s requirements, too. The console needs drives that can read at a minimum of 5,550MB/s, but the Rocket 4 sports impressive read and write speeds of 7,000MB/s and 6,600MB/s–more than plenty to support your PS5 for as long as it lasts.
WD Black P50 Game Drive 1TB
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While internal storage is always the way to go, some people want to have an external, offline option as well. The WD Black 1TB P50 SSD can’t reach the same speeds as the internal NVMe Sabrent drive above, but it’s a superb option for all those extra games that haven’t received PS5-specific upgrades yet that you don’t want to redownload.
Plus, you’ll still get plenty of speed: 2,000MB/s read is lightning quick compared to the read/write speeds of the PS4 and PS4 Pro’s original hard drive, which older generation games were built around. To put that in context, it means any of those classic JRPGs or games with long loading times? They’ll still run like a rocket on the WD Black P50. (Just make sure all your PS5-specific games, like Returnal or Miles Morales, are installed on the internal storage for best performance.)
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The PS5’s 3D audio is by far and away one of its standout features, giving games the kind of spatial awareness and presence that truly brings virtual worlds to life. Raindrops in Returnal feel like they’re falling all around you; you can pinpoint the exact location of opponents in F1 2022 just based on the increased rumble of their engines without looking in your mirrors.
But to get the full 3D audio experience, it’s best to completely immerse yourself–and that means shutting out all external noise. The best way to do that is with a pair of noise cancelling headphones, and you’ll find little better than the Sony WH-1000XM3’s.
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