The Sony PlayStation 4 might be nearing the end of its run with the PlayStation 5 just around the corner, but it’s still one of the best consoles you can buy. It boasts an incredible library of games, and combined with some killer PS4 accessories like PlayStation VR, you can skip out on expensive next-gen hardware for years.
We’ve put together a list of the best and most essential PS4 accessories below. Don’t have a PS4 yet? It’s never too late to get in on the party, and prices are lower than ever. Click the link below to see current prices and pick up a PS4 Pro of your own!
Best PS4 accessories
Astro C40 TR Gamepad
The first PS4 accessory you should consider is an extra controller, and the Astro C40 TR Gamepad is the best PS4 controller on the market. It feels amazing in the hand, and the d-pad is second to none. That said, it’s significantly more expensive than the official controllers at a four times their retail price.
Spending the extra money will net you an excellent controller with fully replaceable and customizable sticks. It features built-in wireless and a 3.5mm headphone jack, so you can connect your favorite gaming headset to communicate with teammates online. This controller is also fully compatible with Windows, making it one of the best PC game controllers as well.
HORI Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai
If the Astro C40 TR Gamepad’s d-pad isn’t good enough for your fighting fanatic needs, you need the best PS4 fighting stick accessory from trusted arcade stick brand Hori. The Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai features Hori’s fantastic Hayabusa stick and buttons, which will instantly improve your skills in Street Fighter or Tekken.
This arcade stick also has a hidden panel on the side to adjust button mappings and turbo settings, as well as an integrated touchpad on the front for better compatibility. Speaking of compatibility, this PS4 accessory works also works with the PS3 and Windows PCs.
Kootek Vertical Stand
If there’s one thing that all PS4 users can attest to, it’s that the console runs hot and loud. Thankfully, there are some great PS4 accessories to address this problem, like the Kootek Vertical Stand. The updated model fits all versions of the PS4 (standard, slim, and pro), providing not just cooling with two integrated fans but also two charging ports for controllers and extra USB ports.
For those of you who have invested in PSVR, there’s another model that fits all necessary PS4 accessories in a small footprint. The only catch to these stands is that they only work if you have space to set up your console vertically. If you don’t have the space but still want a charging station for controllers, the PowerA DualShock 4 Charging Station is a great alternative.
PDP PS4 Bluetooth Remote
If you use your PS4 to watch movies or stream media, you know that it can be frustrating to use a Dualshock 4 controller to navigate menus and control playback. That’s where this simple bluetooth remote comes in. It has all the relevant buttons in a much more user-friendly format, and it can even wake your console at the press of a button.
What’s great about this PS4 accessory is just how simple it is. There’s no setup to go through, and when it shuts off it doesn’t flash a “controller disconnected” message on screen to interrupt your watching. Without a doubt, this is one of the best and most useful PS4 accessories you can buy.
Scuf Vantage 2 controller
Next up is yet another PS4 controller, but this one has a distinct advantage over any other PS4 controller: its layout. The placement of the two joysticks at the bottom of the controller is one of the most controversial elements of PlayStation controller design, but the Scuf Vantage 2 instead opts for the Xbox layout, swapping the placement of the left stick and d-pad.
Like the Astro controller featured above, this one is fully customizable with different sticks and faceplates. It also has four rear paddles and two side buttons which you can map to any controls you like. There are two versions of the Scuf Vantage 2: wired only and fully wireless. The wireless version is a bit more expensive, but with the included hard carrying case it’s the perfect PS4 accessory for those looking to up their game.
Sony DualShock 4 Controller
The final controller on our list of the best PS4 accessories is the standard DualShock 4 controller. While the iconic design isn’t the best controller around, it’s much more affordable than other options and is perfect for the occasional player two. It even has its own accessories, like the back button attachment that adds two remappable buttons to the back of any DualShock 4 controller.
Perhaps the best thing about the official Sony DualShock 4 controllers is the wide variety of color options to choose from. There are nearly 20 options available, from the classic Jet Black to flashy two-toned and camouflage schemes. If you don’t already have two controllers, this should be one of the very first PS4 accessories you buy!
Sony PlayStation VR bundle
One of the biggest advantages that the PlayStation 4 has over the Xbox One (apart from exclusive games) is the stellar PlayStation VR kit. Apart from being one of the most accessible VR experiences, it can breathe new life into a console that you’ve had for half a decade.
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The bundle linked below includes everything you need to hop into VR games: the PlayStation VR headset, PlayStation camera, and one of the best VR games on PS4: Astro Bot Rescue Mission. If you want to play more VR games you’ll likely want to invest in PlayStation Move controllers, which are included in other more expensive PSVR bundles. Don’t sleep on PSVR because it’s by far one of the best PS4 accessories to ever hit the console.
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless
While there are plenty of great gaming headsets to choose from, our choice is the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless. With lossless 2.4GHz ultra-low latency connections with the PS4 and PC, there truly is no better headset under $100.
What’s great about this headset is how versatile it is. Not only does it work with just about any device in your house — gaming or otherwise — its battery lasts for more than 20 hours. If you do run out of juice, there’s also a 3.5mm jack in the bottom of the headset for wired use. If you want to save a bit of money, the official PlayStation Wireless Headset is often on sale for less, although it doesn’t quite live up to the Arctis 1 in performance.
Thrustmaster VG T300RS Racing Wheel
The PlayStation 4 is home to many great racing games, and if you want to get the most out of them you’ll need to invest in some hardware. This racing wheel from Thrustmaster is the best racing wheel for the console, and it’s just what you need to feel like you’re really behind the wheel of a rally car or street racer.
With a brushless motor and dual-belt system for realistic force feedback, this racing wheel is incredibly immersive. The kit linked below includes everything you need to get started, but you can also get just the servo base and pick up another wheel of your choosing.
WD 4TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive
The last entry in our list of the best PS4 accessories is actually two items from the same category. As your collection of PS4 games grows, you will inevitably run into problems with storage space. Fortunately, it’s quick and easy to expand your storage with the help of additional hard drives.
The simplest solution is to pick up an external hard drive, like the 4TB option linked below. This is a full four times the capacity of the PS4 Pro’s internal storage, and eight times the capacity of the standard PS4. If you want to increase your storage capacity and improve performance, you can also get an internal SSD to replace the stock HDD, although you should only do this if you’re confident tinkering with your system. If you are, we recommend the Samsung 860 EVO, which boasts the fastest speeds to cut down on load times across the board.