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The best PS5 accessories for 2023

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So you’ve managed to get your hands on a PlayStation 5 – congratulations, you’ve overcome a supply shortage to get your hands on one of the most sought-after consoles in recent history. Now comes the fun part. No PS5 is complete without a library of games and accessories to take your experience to the next level. Fortunately, you don’t have that much trouble getting your hands on it. However, if you’re new to the console, it’s hard to know which titles and peripherals are worth your time. We’ve collected our favorites here to make your search easier.

Sony

If the PS5 is your first console or if you’re coming from an Xbox, one of the first things you’ll want to pick up is a PlayStation Plus Extra subscription. It will help you shape your library. Sony recently revamped the service to add separate tiers. Of the three tiers currently available, the “Extra” is the best value. It costs $15 a month and gives you access to a library of up to 400 downloadable PS4 and PS5 games. You also get a handful of free games and PlayStation Store discounts each month. The combination of those benefits makes it easy to get the most out of your new PS5.

Steel Series Arctic 7P+

SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ Wireless

SteelSeries

Do the people you live with a favor and buy a decent headset. It helps keep your nerves from fraying and is a must for any multiplayer game. The options for gaming headsets are vast, so we recommend choosing one with a solid track record. SteelSeries recently updated its iconic Arctis 7 headset with the 7P+ which has improved battery life and a USB-C port for charging. What the company not change was the headband design that many people praise for making the Arctis 7 one of the more comfortable headsets on the market. The 7P+ costs the same as the standard 7+ variant, but also adds full support for the PS5’s Tempest 3D audio technology.

WD Black SN850

WD_BLACK SN850 SSD

WD_BLACK

Sony recently released an update that allows PS5 owners to expand their console’s internal storage. And that’s a good thing, because the 667GB of usable storage space the console ships with can quickly feel limiting. We’ve already published an in-depth guide to the best SSDs you can buy for your PlayStation 5. Check out that article for a step-by-step guide to upgrading your SSD. But if you want to make it as simple as possible, it’s best to use a Gen4 M.2 NVME SSD with a built-in heatsink. One of the better plug-and-play options is the SN850 from WD Black. It meets all the compatibility requirements listed by Sony and is reasonably priced too.

Samsung T7 SSD

SAMSUNG T7 SSD

SAMSUNG

SAMSUNG T7 SSD

One of our favorite drives, the T7 can write files at 1000 MB/s and comes with a shock-resistant enclosure to protect the drive from physical damage.

$102.35 at Amazon

If you don’t feel comfortable opening up your PS5 to install a new SSD, another option is to purchase an external solid state drive. Keep that in mind you can’t play PS5 games from an external drive. However, it takes less time to copy one from an SSD than to download it from the PlayStation Store. One of our favorite portable drives is the Samsung T7. It can write files at a speed of 1000MB/s and comes with a shockproof enclosure to protect the drive from physical damage. If you plan to use the SSD exclusively for storing games, you can save money by buying the standard model instead of the Shield variantwhich has a rugged exterior for extra protection for those who are always on the move.

DualSense charging station

PS5 DualSense charging station

Sony

While you can charge your DualSense controller with the USB-C cable that comes with your PS5, a more elegant solution is the DualSense charging station. It can store and charge two controllers at the same time. That way you’ll always have a second controller ready to use if the battery you’re currently using runs out. It also frees up the USB ports on your PS5 for other accessories.

Elder ring

Elder ring

BANDAI NAMCO

Unless you’ve spent very little time on the internet this year, it’s safe to say it was impossible to avoid the conversation surrounding it Elder ring. After putting about 100 hours into the latest version of FromSoftware, I can safely say that the praise is warranted. Like many people, I was tired of Western style open world games and their endless checklists by the time I started playing Elder ring, but his take on the genre was anything but tired. As I made my way through the game’s dark caverns, ruined cathedrals, and enchanted forests, I felt like there was a discovery waiting for me over every hill and river. That’s a feeling I haven’t had since I was a kid going through the Ocarina of Time and Majora’s mask.

If that’s not enough to convince you to try it Elder ring, know that the game’s maximum approach makes it FromSoftware’s most accessible release to date. When you’re stuck with a boss, you can go elsewhere to level up your character and master the game’s punishing combat.

God of War Ragnarok

God of War Ragnarok

Play station

God of War Ragnarok

This game can suffer from pacing issues and overly talkative NPCs at times, but there’s no denying that Santa Monica Studio has made another heartfelt chapter in the Kratos and Atreus story.

$69.99 at Amazon

Thought Sony’s latest exclusive wouldn’t be on this list? God of War Ragnarok can sometimes suffer from pacing problems and overly talkative NPCs, but there’s no denying that Santa Monica Studio has made another heartfelt chapter in the story of Kratos and Atreus. The PS5 is also the best place to play Ragnarok. On Sony’s latest console, the game comes with two display modes and support for variable and high frame rates. Provided you have a relatively recent TV, these features allow the action RPG to be played at up to 90 frames per second in some situations. That’s a level of technical skill we haven’t seen in many AAA console games.

The door of death

The door of death

Play station

The door of death

Backed by a beautiful soundtrack and art style, Death’s Door is one of the most thoughtful and enjoyable indies you can find right now.

$19.99 at PlayStation

With a title that evokes the end of all things, you might think The door of death is a bleak game. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Backed by a beautiful soundtrack and art style, it is one of the most thoughtful and enjoyable India I recently played. Developer Acid Nerve’s tribute to The Legend of Zelda and Dark souls is a must-play for those who like to lose themselves in a world of mystery and intrigue.

Ghosts of Tsushima Director’s Cut

Ghosts of Tsushima

Play station

You have played games like Ghost of Tsushima before. It borrows from the familiar open-world formula popularized by Assassin’s Creed and other Ubisoft titles. But that can’t be stopped. On the contrary, the latest from Sucker Punch is so easy to recommend because it executes the open world concept flawlessly. The studio has created a beautiful playground steeped in feudal Japanese culture, myth and history for players to explore, with something interesting to find behind every ridge. Combat is also a highlight, allowing you to play as an honorable samurai, terrifying assassin, or a combination of both. And once you’ve finished Tsushima’s touching single-player story, there’s the excellent Legends multiplayer mode to keep you busy for the long haul.

Hades

Hades

Private Department

Hades

If you only pick one game from this list, make it Hades. It’s as close to a perfectly executed game as you’ll find.

$29.95 at Amazon

If you only pick one game from this list, make it Hades. It’s as close to a perfectly executed game as you’ll find. Everything from the art style, music, story and gameplay mechanics come together in one of the most memorable experiences in recent memory. Even if you’re not a fan of roguelike games, don’t worry: Hades is so successful because even when you die, it never feels like you’ve wasted your time.

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