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The PlayStation 4 is one of the most versatile systems out right now. Not only does it have a formidable lineup of exclusive games, but it can play Blu-ray discs, stream live TV (and even games with PlayStation Now) and bring you into the engrossing world of virtual reality. Because it can do so more than just play your favorite games, you’ve got to choose the proper accessories to get the most out of it.
Perhaps you need a new headset for when you jump into your favorite games with friends. Or maybe you want to jump into the world of virtual reality without leaving the confines of your PlayStation 4. No matter what you want to accomplish while hanging out on one of the current console generation’s best options, you can do it with Sony’s veritable powerhouse.
So whether you were an early PlayStation 4 adopter or you’ve just brought one home ahead of the PlayStation 5’s imminent launch, get the most out of your console with these invaluable accessories.
1. PowerA DualShock 4 Charging Station for PlayStation 4
When you’re binging on the latest games, you’re going to find that your DualShock 4 controller runs out of juice a lot faster than you’d like. Always be ready with a charging station that can handle two controllers at once. Just keep two on the cradle and pick one up when you’re ready for a gaming session. Then, when you’re out of battery, just scoop the other controller up so you never have to miss a beat. The cradle itself charges via USB, so you can plug this caddy in just about anywhere.
2. AmazonBasics 2.0 MicroUSB Charger Cable
You never know when your charging cable might go bad. While you can of course use your charging dock to juice up your controllers, you need a cable to sync your controller to your system when it’s completely dead. Also, you can use a regular cable like this one to charge other things with your system, like your smartphone or tablet if you’ve got one that needs to be topped off. Plus, these cords are cheap enough that it won’t matter if you lose one, because you can practically buy them in bulk. They’re a must for any PS4 household.
3. PDP Bluetooth Enabled Media Remote for PS4
Your DualShock controller will let you game and navigate your PS4, but adding a specialized media remote to the mix opens up plenty of doors. This wireless option is the perfect way to integrate a lazy Netflix afternoon with a gaming sesh. You’ll be navigating menus like a pro in no time.
4. WD 4TB Gaming Portable External Hard Drive
Even though your PlayStation 4 came packing a decent amount of space (1 TB is nothing to sneeze at!) you’ll eventually, inevitably run out of space. With the way games take up so much hard drive real estate these day — and they’re only getting bigger — you’ll be thankful for the extra 4 TB with this portable external hard drive. Just connect it to your console and offload some of your saves or downloaded games to get organized and install more of your favorite titles.
5. SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset
Whether you’re gaming at night and want to keep the noise down or just want a leg up on the competition, the SteelSeries Arctis 1 is a fantastic choice. Head into battle armed with one of the best wireless headsets that also happens to come at an affordable price. Plus, you’ll never have to repeat yourself again while partying up with friends thanks to its detachable and adjustable microphone.
6. Nyko Data Bank Plus
If you need more space on your PlayStation 4 and prefer not to use an external hard drive, the modular Nyko Data Bank Plus is a great option. You can use it to expand the PS4’s internal memory capacity by adding the 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drive of your choosing. It replaces the top of your PS4 and the internal hard drive, with a LED indicator to show you when the hard drive is in use. This is a great and reliable way to ensure you’ve got more memory for games, and it’s simple to install.
7. PlayStation VR
With over 100 VR titles at the ready, you simply need to plug the VR headset into your PS4 and you’ll be instantly immersed into a world you might not have ever imagined you’d be in. From the likes of the driver’s seat of an F1 car or on a bridge of some far flung spaceship, there are (almost) no limits to the places and spaces you can explore in virtual reality, all thanks to this nifty gadget.